Denise Casey and Lindsay Foreman
Sunday, March 1, 2015 | 2:30 pm-5:30 pm
Young people are already practicing mindfulness skills. In fact, they’re doing it all of the time! When young people listen to music they’re often sitting, relaxing and paying attention. We’ve formalized this practice into a successful approach to teaching mindfulness. By using music we overcome two obstacles to teaching mindfulness to youth. Obstacles: Mindfulness is boring and weird. If young people already enjoy sitting and listening to music then mindfulness won’t be boring or weird. This method puts young people at the center of their learning. Youth select the music of their choice and learn skills they can actually use after the first class. Using student-centered learning, the group facilitator asks participants questions, validates their experience and helps them identify a mindfulness technique that works for them. Through practice, youth learn skills to relieve stress, improve focus, set goals and work with difficult emotions. This style of teaching empowers young people to create their own education and cultivates a trusting relationship. This system has been successfully used with thousands of youth in schools, camps, after-school programs, counseling groups, and group homes.
In this workshop participants will:
- Experience a Mind the Music group from the perspective of a student.
- Practice teaching the 3 main techniques: Relax, Listen, and Achieve.
- Demonstrate understanding of mindfulness-based validation and empowerment and student-led learning.
- Create a plan for implementing these tools.