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Trauma Informed Mindfulness Courses
Mindfulness and Real Talk
The purpose of this course is to develop mindful communication. We encourage students to bring topics of conversation, such as “having a loved one incarcerated” or “letting people down.” Each class begins and ends with a brief meditation exercise. These mindfulness exercises extend into our conversations. One of the most powerful aspects of this course is that it is co-led by formerly incarcerated men and women. Their perspective and honesty engages the students, and offers a model of relatable people engaging in meditation.
Mindfulness and Creativity
This course uses the mediums of visual art and creative writing to engage students in mindfulness. Each class begins and ends with a brief meditation exercise. These exercises lead into practices designed to bring mindfulness and awareness to creative practices. This course has culminated in an open mic and the unveiling of a student created mural.
Mindfulness and Movement
This course uses students’ existing relationships with their bodies as a starting point for helping them mindfully engage with the present. Often, people who have experienced trauma experience disconnection from their physical bodies. This course allows students to start to safely re-inhabit their bodies through a variety of slow, meditative movement practices.
Mindfulness and Hip-Hop
This course is an extension of mindfulness and creativity. It was created due to high student demand and a desire to reach students where they are. Students are taught the basic tenets of mindfulness, and then transition to expressing themselves - particularly their emotions and troubling experiences- through spoken word.
This course is taught by a local entrepreneur, and primarily focuses on bringing an enterprising mindset to at-risk youth in the community. Focusing on the empowerment that a mindfulness practice can offer, students are engaged to become future leaders of their own business.
Mindfulness and Client Training
Ideally, the facilitators of our mindfulness classes reflect the demographics and experiences of their students. In this training, we take high-potential clients from the communities we serve, and train them to become mindfulness facilitators. This generates an income stream for clients, strengthens their mindfulness practice, teaches them translatable skills, and allows them an opportunity to give back to their communities. Students benefit from having a peer leader.
Mindfulness and Mental Health Recovery
This course focuses on teaching mindfulness practices that focus on creating a deeper awareness of emotional states. By fostering the skill of non-judgmentally witnessing emotions, students are able to generate space wherein they can more skillfully respond to distressing emotions and thoughts. This class also teaches practices that reduce students’ shame, increases their interpersonal effectiveness, and promotes their self-empowerment.
Mindfulness and Recovery
This course focuses on the instruction of mindfulness practices that assist students directly with sustained substance abuse recovery. By teaching mindfulness, we teach students to develop an awareness of their triggers, impulsivity, and habitual methods for coping with stress or trauma. We also integrate mindfulness practice into the 12-steps, with particular focus on the serenity prayer and its call to skillfully create positive change.
Mindful Staff Training
In this training, we work in concert with teachers, behavioral technicians, medical professionals, or administrators to bring mindfulness, connection and open-heartedness to their work. We work with professionals to help alleviate burn-out, supporting them in practices that help them release stress and avoid taking client conduct personally. We also teach professionals how to instruct mindfulness practices specific to experiences such as trauma, anxiety, and pain that they can then bring to their clients.
Mindful Crisis Intervention
This intervention centers on those who have experienced critical incidents, teaching mindfulness practices to help them process the event and reduce long-term impact. Through these practices, those involved are able to take ownership of their own experience and are better able to cope. In turn, they are also capable of increased empathy towards others who have experienced or are experiencing crisis.