London Teach .b Course (April)

Course aimTo train to teach mindfulness to 11 - 18 year olds
Dates9th - 12th April, 2018
LocationMeeting and Conference Centre
24 Greencoat Place
London
SW1P 1RD
Cost£625 + VAT

The course will consist of real-time lessons, an exploration of the pedagogy of the .b curriculum, and opportunities to practise teaching the key exercises, in order to leave feeling confident and empowered to teach the curriculum to young people. For more details about this course, please click here.

This is a non-residential course. Each training day will run approximately from 9.00am – 5.30pm, with a 9.30 am registration time on Day 1 and a 3.00pm finish on Day 4. Please note that we require full attendance on all aspects of the course in order for final certification and access to all teaching materials to be provided.

The fee includes refreshments but please bring your own lunch as it will not be provided.

If you meet the Prerequisites for training and agree to the Terms & Conditions for booking a Teach .b course and the Terms and conditions of teaching the .b curriculum please complete the application form below. The application form cannot be completed by someone else on your behalf.

Teach .b Application

1. Ongoing commitment of a .b teacher

.b is a classroom-based course for teaching in schools and other educational settings where there are safeguarding policies and procedures in place. It must not be taught as a public course.

To find out more about how and where you can teach .b please refer to the Terms & Conditions and the FAQs page for teaching the .b curriculum.

Being a .b teacher is not just about teaching mindfulness. If mindfulness is to become an established part of the education of children and young people, it is very important that the highest standards of professionalism and evidence-based integrity are maintained. We believe that this is in the interests of all those teaching mindfulness and the young people learning it. We ask that anyone applying to train to teach .b understands and agrees to the prerequisites and to continue to adhere to these standards on an ongoing basis.

1.1 - Personal Mindfulness Practice

Having an established personal mindfulness practice allows you to:

  • Teach mindfully
  • Embody mindfulness
  • Model mindfulness to young people
  • Guide practices with awareness
  • Skilfully respond in enquiry
1.2 - Teaching Mindfulness to Young People
  • Ability to engage pupils in a classroom setting
  • Good class management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • To inform and include staff and senior leadership in the mindfulness work in the school in which you are teaching

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If applying to train to teach .b, previous experience of teaching or working in some capacity with groups of students in the relevant age group (11 - 18) is crucial. While there will be discussions and advice as part of the course about how mindfulness teaching might sit within a school classroom environment, it is assumed that you already have general classroom management skills and experience before attending the training.
  • If you intend to be a self-employed teacher of .b going into schools, it is important to be aware that the current financial constraints on schools are severe, and many schools have very limited resources to pay for external providers of teaching and training. Before investing in training to teach .b, we recommend that you approach schools in your area and try to get a sense of whether or not they would be in a position to employ you as an external teacher.

2. Understand and commit to the prerequisites

2.1 - Attended and completed a face to face 8-week secular mindfulness course

You must have completed in person a teacher-led 8-week secular mindfulness course. The following courses are accepted: .b Foundations, .begin, MBSR, MBCT, Finding Peace in a Frantic World (teacher-led group course only; PLEASE NOTE: self-guided courses do not meet prerequisites), Breathworks, Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC). Your course should have run for a minimum of 90 minutes per week for a period of 8 weeks.

You must be certified by a qualified adult mindfulness teacher that you have completed an 8-week secular mindfulness course with them and give the name of your teacher and the date of the course.

This training forms an essential foundation that is necessary for teaching .b and is not covered again in the Teach .b course.

2.2 - Formal practice

A personal practice on 5 out of 7 days a week, for a period of at least 6 months between the start of your 8-week course and the start of the training to which you are applying.

We would expect this personal practice to involve a range of practices, including the formal practices explored as part of an 8-week secular mindfulness course, such as Breath and Body, Sounds and Thoughts, Turning Towards Difficulty, Body Scan, Gratitude and Compassion practices. While shorter practices built into your day such as mindful eating, walking and breath awareness also form an important part of your deepening mindful awareness, we ask that you aim for a daily formal practice where possible for 20 consecutive minutes per day for the reasons outlined in 3. below.

For example, you may choose to focus in on body scan practices for one week, then explore other formal practices in subsequent weeks such as body and breath, sounds and thoughts or other silent practices. While it is important that you find practices that works for you, it is also important that you investigate and try the practices we list above. This allows you to develop both a broad and deep, experiential understanding of mindfulness practices. It will also form the foundation of your understanding and experience when it comes to leading a range of practices as part of the .b curriculum.

Such practices, commonly found in MBSR and MBCT courses provide the scaffolding that underlies the .b curriculum, and it is assumed that those who attend our teacher training courses have a well-embedded experiential understanding of the key practices involved.

What does not count as formal mindfulness practice?

Informal practices are ways of integrating mindfulness into your daily life, using the breathing space or through mindful activity such as mindful eating, mindful cooking, mindful walking, mindful sports etc.

Although we strongly encourage you to use these techniques as a way of enriching your experience of mindfulness, on their own, they will not allow you the same richness of insight as more extended, formal practice.

Many other practices have elements of mindfulness within them but are not accepted under our prerequisites, as they are not directly related to our curricula. Common examples of these include yoga, relaxation, visualisation and transcendental meditation.

Where possible, use both silent and guided practice

Guided practices (using recorded guidance) are a helpful way of internalising the scripts and structures of the practices in question. They help you to learn specific techniques, as well as refresh your practice.

It is also essential that you develop your ability to guide yourself in silence before training to teach mindfulness to young people. Silent practice enables you to be responsive to what comes up in the present moment, which forms the basis of being able to guide others while remaining grounded in your own experience.

2.3 - Why 6 months?

We are often asked why we ask potential teachers of .b (for 11-18 year-olds) to have such an established personal mindfulness practice of their own. There are two main reasons for this:

  1. The key ideas and practices that underlie the most well-respected and widely researched 8-week adult mindfulness courses such as MBSR and MBCT provide the scaffolding that underlies the .b curriculum. Before training to teach .b to young people, it is assumed that those who attend our teacher training courses have a well-embedded experiential understanding of the key practices involved in these adult 8-week courses. This will then support you when leading young people in the range of practices explored in .b, and allow you to deal more skilfully with any questions or responses that arise out of them.
  2. This period of 6 months embedding helps to stabilise and deepen your practice, which leads to a level of familiarity with the subtle workings of your mind. This in turn strengthens your capacity to model mindfulness in holding the experience of others, and to respond skilfully if difficult situations arise for young people in the classroom.

Can I apply before I have completed 6 months of practice?

Whilst we require a minimum of 6 months practice you may submit an application form after 4 months to help you plan ahead and find a course location to suit you. This is with the understanding that you will maintain your practice.

If, due to exceptional circumstances, you would like us to consider an alternative training pathway, please contact the applications team on applications@mindfulnessinschools.org. Please note that we are unable to hold places until an application form is received.

If you do not meet one or more of the conditions above and would like more information and guidance about how to train .b in the future, please click here.

3. Complete the Application Form

Please read the following questions carefully, and respond as fully and accurately as possible.
Please select the Teach .b course you are applying for*
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