FAQ

Mindfulness Fundamentals: Practice mindfulness.

What does this course cover? What will I learn?

In this six-week online class, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation.

Course syllabus:

  • Week One: Introduction to Mindfulness/Mindfulness of the Breath
  • Week Two: Mindfulness of the Body/Body Scan/Mindful Movement
  • Week Three: Mindfulness of Emotions/Emotions in the Body/Creating Space and Balance
  • Week Four: Development of the Heart/Heartfulness/Gratitude
  • Week Five: Interactions with Others/Mindful Listening/Compassion
  • Week Six: Everyday Mindfulness/Keeping Your Practice Going

Mindfulness Fundamentals satisfies the prerequisite for our Mindful Educator Essentials. Because children absorb so much from the behavior of adults, it is essential to learn mindfulness yourself before teaching it to youth.

How much time does the course take? What is the course structure?

The MF course generally takes between 2-4 hours per week.

Weekly assignments include:

  • Reading: Weekly lessons and insights from your Guiding Teacher
  • Listening: 3-5 guided audios that range between 2 minutes to 30 minutes
  • Writing: 2 reflection questions
  • Practice: 5 minutes of daily seated mindfulness progresses to 30 minutes over the 6-weeks

Is this course 100% self paced or will I need to be online at certain times?

You do not need to be on your computer at a specific time for this course.  New material is made available each week so you can self pace throughout the week but your weekly assignments are due the night before new material is released.

How much does it cost?

Our Mindfulness Fundamentals course is $125.

How can I apply for scholarship/financial assistance?

Financial assistance is available for all of our courses. You can learn more about financial assistance here.

Can I get put on the waitlist if the class is full?

Once a course is full, our registration page automatically sets up a waitlist. We cannot promise you will get into a course once on the waitlist, but we will do our best to accommodate you for that round. Otherwise, please consider taking the next upcoming course.

Can I overlap my enrollment in this course with the Mindful Educator Essentials [MEE]?

We do not allow MF-MEE course overlap if you are new to mindfulness so that you can establish your personal practice before learning how to teach the concepts to others. If you have previous mindfulness training and a personal practice, you may overlap the start of a MEE course with week 5 or week 6 of your MF course.

Can I receive CEUs for this course?

For the MF course, we provide CEUs for Mental Health Professionals and Educators.

To be eligible for 12 hours of continuing education units as a Mental Health Professional, you must be:

1) A psychologist licensed in any of the 50 states in the United States.

2) An MFT, LPCC, LEP, or LCSW licensed in the state of California by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed in a state other than California, you must receive approval from your governing board that they accept CEUs from an organization that’s credentialed via the California BBS or the American Psychological Association.

Center for Adolescent Studies Inc., is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Adolescent Studies Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Center for Adolescent Studies is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE 4988) to offer continuing education (name currently changing from Engaging The Moment, LLC to Center for Adolescent Studies, Inc.) This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For more information, participants may go to: www.centerforadolescentstudies.com/ce.

For Educator CEUs for this course:
Please contact our outside provider, ‘Courses 4 Teachers‘ who partners with the University of Pacific to provide up to 3 CEUs for this course. For questions, to get more information, or apply for credit, please visit our provider’s website.

Mindful Educator Essentials: Educate youth.

What does this course cover? What will I learn?

The Mindful Educator Essentials is a “starter kit” for teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents. We introduce you to the basics of mindfulness in education, the research and neuroscience, as well as the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum.  After completing this training, you are authorized to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents using the Mindful Schools Curriculum.

If you find you’d like to go into further depth with your training along with the added support of our Program Team’s weekly mentorship, and potentially become a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor, we recommend you consider pursuing our Year-Long Certification. With over 200 instructional hours, 2 week-long retreats and a chance to network with other like-minded mindfulness educators, you can gain even more mastery and practice in your mindful teaching.

MEE Online course syllabus:

  • Week One: Course Introduction and Overview of the Mindfulness Movement
  • Week Two: Curriculum Overview
  • Week Three: Mindfulness in Education and “Mindful Teaching”
  • Week Four: Building a Container & Working with Resistance
  • Week Five: Research, Neuroscience, and Institutional Presentations
  • Week Six: Moving Forward – Starting Simple

What can you tell me about curriculum implementation?

The curriculum can be used in the classroom for 8-weeks up to year round. It can be implemented by classroom teachers or by an outside trainer working with youth. If a classroom teacher is implementing the curriculum, it can be used everyday, either once for 5-10 minutes, or several short times for 2-3 minutes throughout the day. Each session may be 2-20 minutes depending on style of implementation. They can be part of the regular school day or integrated into after school, sports and other areas.

Can I teach adults after completing this course?

The Mindful Educator Essentials is not a train-the-trainer program, meaning you are not authorized to train other adults in how to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents.

After completing the MEE course, can I say I am a certified Mindful Schools teacher?

When speaking to parents, teachers, or administrators about your training in mindfulness, we ask that you adhere to the language below.

  • ‘I have completed the Mindful Schools Mindful Educator Essentials.’
  • ‘I have been trained in the Mindful Schools Curriculum.’
  • ‘I have been trained by Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to students in K-12.’

How much time does Mindful Educator Essentials take? What is the online course structure?

Mindful Educator Essentials generally takes between 3 – 6 hours per week including:

  • Videos: Watch 2-4 weekly recorded talks and classroom demos, which range between 10 – 40 minutes long. There are live webinar sessions with the trainers you can attend. These are hosted on Adobe via a web browser link.  You will not need to download any software to view.
  • Assignments: Respond to weekly assignments in small groups on a forum, which may take you 30 minutes to an hour. Read classmate and Guiding Teacher responses; time will vary.
  • Reading: Access to written materials, such as the Mindful Schools Curriculum; time will vary.

Is Mindful Educator Essentials 100% self-paced or will I need to be online at certain times?

You do not need to be on your computer at a specific time for Mindful Educator Essentials. New material is made available each week so you can self pace throughout the week but your weekly assignments are due the night before new material is released. The course does include live webinars (generally scheduled at 5pm PST), but If you cannot make it live, the session is recorded and you can watch it later in the week.

What are the prerequisites?

One of the driving forces of the Mindful Schools Community is the idea that getting educators observing and working with their own psychological conditioning is central to the success of teaching students attentional skills and emotional balance. There are many curricula that can be purchased off the shelf and implemented after a short powerpoint training – the Mindful Schools curriculum is not one of them. Instead, we see the cultivation of formal and informal mindfulness practice as the central pillar around which “teaching mindfulness techniques to youth” occurs. In this spirit, here are the minimum practice prerequisites for taking our Mindful Educator Essentials:

1) Completion of a standard 6-8 week course in the fundamentals of secular mindfulness. Here are the currently approved courses:

  • Mindfulness Fundamentals (Mindful Schools)
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in person or online)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (in person or online)
  • Another (6-week or longer) online or in-person secular mindfulness course from an acknowledged provider (e.g. UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, etc.)

Exceptions to this are made for long-time meditation practitioners who have sat at least one, 3-day silent retreat. Additionally, practitioners must have experience studying and practicing the core skills presented in our curriculum, including:

  • Mindfulness of body sensation, breath and sound.
  • Noting and labeling of thoughts, emotions & sensations
  • The body scan
  • The cultivation of positive states (e.g. loving-kindness) through intention and phrases
  • An understanding of both focused awareness and open monitoring

Trainings, modalities and activities that do not meet the prerequisite include Yoga, Reiki, Transcendental Meditation (or any other meditation practice solely focused on mantra recitation) and reading mindfulness books. Even if you have a long practice history, Mindfulness Fundamentals or another secular mindfulness course is highly recommended as part of your overall training program. It will ensure that you are “synced up” with the terms, language and methods used in our trainings and in other secular mindfulness trainings.

2) The commitment to an on-going, daily practice, including a minimum of 20 minutes of formal seated mindfulness practice.

How much does it cost?

Our Mindful Educator Essentials course is $550.

How can I apply for scholarship/financial assistance?

Financial assistance is available for all of our courses. You can learn more about financial assistance here.

Can I get put on the waitlist if the class is full?

Once a course is full, our registration page automatically sets up a waitlist. We cannot promise you will get into a course once on the waitlist, but we will do our best to accommodate you for that round. Otherwise, please consider taking the next upcoming course.

Can I overlap my enrollment in this course with Mindfulness Fundamentals [MF]?

We do not allow MF-MEE course overlap if you are new to mindfulness so that you can establish your personal practice before learning how to teach the concepts to others. If you have previous mindfulness training and a personal practice, you may overlap the start of a MEE course with week 5 or week 6 of your MF course.

Can I receive CEUs for this course?

Please contact our outside provider, ‘Courses 4 Teachers‘ who partners with the University of Pacific to provide up to 3 CEUs for this course. For questions, to get more information, or apply for credit, please visit our provider’s website.

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Group discounts

For organizations that train 3 or more staff, we offer discounts off our standard course tuition. These group rates apply to our Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Educator Essentials, and Year-Long Certification courses. Learn more about Group Rates.

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