The past few years have seen significant growth in the demand for mindfulness programs in U.S. schools. The intention at Mindful Schools has always been to balance responding to the increasing demand with maintaining integrity and authenticity. That means we want to support educators, administrators, and mental health providers with ways to integrate mindfulness into their work, but we want to make sure the instructors who are delivering programs are skilled and well-trained.
For many years, we have dreamed of having a community of people trained by us who could be resources for the many inquiries we receive for programming.
- The Year-Long Certification is our solution. By spending a year with people, seeing them teach and getting to know them, we can create a community of people we feel confident can represent our particular method of mindfulness education.
- In order to make the referral process easy, we are establishing a Certified Instructors Directory. Two mock-ups of this directory are provided here to give you a feel for it (please note that the final design may differ from these).
- The directory will provide schools and organizations with a comprehensive view of who is in their area. The directory will also be searchable by other criteria as well (age of youth worked with, focus on specific youth populations, etc.).
- The directory will give Certified Instructors a personal profile page on the Mindful Schools website. They will be able to describe their professional background, populations served, education, and other relevant training. They will also be able to link to their personal websites and social media accounts.
The Directory will be launched in September 2014.
For more information
If you’d like to learn more, please see our Year-Long Certification page.