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Instructor Training

March 24-26, 2017

Location: 
Saint Louis University
College for Public Health and Social Justice, Room 1503
545 Lafayette Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Training Schedule:
Friday:         9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday:     9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday:       9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cost:  $550

The cost for this course covers all training materials as well as lunch for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It does not include breakfast, dinner, lodging or transportation. Trainees are responsible for finding their own lodging and transportation. Please contact Robyn@BeMindful.us.org if you are having difficulty finding lodging and/or transportation. Discounted scholarships will be given on a case by case basis.

Course Description:

This class is for individuals that have been through mindfulness curriculum training and wish to move to the next level of making mindfulness a career. This course is designed to give instructors a more in-depth understanding of:

  • How to teach mindfulness curriculum that will have a more sustainable impact on a community
  • Teaching the science behind the practice
  • The logistics of teaching mindfulness to youth vs adults
  • How to give an elevator pitch and how to find clients you want to work with
  • Putting together power points to construct impactful presentations for potential clients
  • How to communicate more efficiently and effectively with coworkers and clients with mindful listening and speaking

This course also includes training in Mental Health First Aid. Mindfulness training can bring up trauma for people as they get in touch with their feelings when learning the practice. Therefore, we believe it is imperative for every mindfulness instructor to understand how to identify and respond to signs of trauma, addictions and mental illness.

All attendees will receive a certification in Be Mindful Instructor Training as well as Mental Health First Aid. This course is designed to benefit all those wishing to pursue a career in mindfulness. Individuals that wish to work with Be Mindful are required to complete this course.

Apply for this Course

Attendees must fill out an APPLICATION and meet prerequisites for this training.

Prerequisites

  1. Minimum of one (preferably 3+) years personal mindfulness practice.

  2. Training in a minimum of two of the following mindfulness courses:
    (Note, hyperlinks are to suggested courses. However, we accept training from other sources than those suggested here. Please fill out the details for where you received your training on our course application).

3. Applicants must own a copy of MindUP Curriculum Grades 6-8 and be well versed in the science lessons (neurons, the brain, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, etc.)


Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly will we be trained to teach after receiving your instruction (especially considering the curriculum training we have just received from other organizations?

This class is for teachers that have been through mindfulness curriculum training. Most curriculum training teaches instructors what to teach but not how to teach it. Be Mindful Instructor Training is designed to give instructors a more in-depth understanding of how to teach the curriculum once you have had training. We find that many teachers are not comfortable teaching the science. Trainees will get a guided PowerPoint to practice teaching the science curriculum with their peers – also some of the best researched lessons to pull from to learn how to develop curriculum for your classes.

This training will also address how to be prepared to go out to do this work. Our instructors, whom have many years of experience, have put together questions and scenarios of what can arise in the classroom so trainees can address how to handle tough situations that can come along with doing this work. For example, understanding biases and what to do when this training brings out trauma for our students – and most importantly, ourselves. All of the things listed above are imperative for mindfulness instructors and are not addressed in detail in standard curriculum training.

Who are we going to be qualified to teach: educators, students, folks in the corporate world and private sector?

All of the above. If you are trained in the curriculum, you can teach it to adults and children. Most adults today not understand know how their brain works and how emotions affect their body because this was never taught in school. Therefore, much of the curriculum for the youth can be taught to adults. In this training we will spend time talking about how to develop curriculum for each client. We believe and research shows, customization it is imperative to the impact and sustainability of a mindfulness program. Most mindfulness instructors come from a teaching background. However, it is important to remember that teaching is a service and must be run like a business. Therefore, selling/marketing is required for the job. Attendees will learn how to sell a program from an elevator pitch to putting together a presentation for a client.

What exactly does Be Mindful offer in the way of assistance/support if we decide to contract with the organization or if we decide to go on our own?

A Contract with Be Mindful would provide you with:

  1. You will be part of a 501©3 organization. It can take years and hundreds of dollars to get a nonprofit status with the IRS. Being part of a nonprofit allows for more funding opportunities where as it can be impossible to get a grant for a for-profit business.
  2. You will have nationally recognized branding, marketing and website for your business. This will cost you $10,000- $25,000 to have this professionally created if you go out and do this on your own.
  3. Instead of being a one-man band, you get a group of highly qualified and experienced mindfulness instructors and researchers that will assist you in getting the clients you desire with the tools to implement and evaluate impactful and sustainable programs.
  4. We will provide you with tools to pitch your programs to potential clients.
  5. You will get assistance with curriculum development to custom design curriculum that will best fit the need of each individual client.
  6. You will also get assistance with pre and post evaluations for each of your programs to evaluate and improve your classes.

Note: In all items above, “assistance” means we work with you to put these things together. It is still a contractor’s job to find clients and be involved in the creation and implementation of every project from start to finish.

Is “curriculum” developed for a corporation like it is for schools?

All of our programs are custom tailored to fit the needs of every client. Our programs for schools look different than our programs for first responders, pilots, corporations, and nonprofits. They also look different within each community we serve. For example, not all of our youth programs look the same - Our suburban school programs look different than our inner city schools for the same grade, which differ from our work with homeless youth.

If we are a contracted instructor with Be Mindful, are we permitted to do other training?
(i.e., if the company asked for yoga or a communication workshop, etc.)

You are permitted to do so as long as it is not in “direct” competition with Be Mindful. Yoga is one of many different ways to practice mindfulness; however, it is not mindfulness itself. Therefore, it would not be in direct competition.  Be Mindful instructors are not permitted to use any of our intellectual material for programs outside of Be Mindful. We are happy to provide you with a copy of the Be Mindful Independent Contractor Agreement for your review. 

Once trained, is there an opportunity to work with other independent contractors or on projects Be Mindful has going where additional instructors might be needed? If so, how would this work?

There may be opportunities for instructors to work on existing contracts. However, this will vary depending on which contracts we are working on and/or if there are any contracts in your area. It is important to understand you are an “Independent Contractor” and not an “Employee”. The system is not set up so that we go out and get you work and call you to teach when we have lined it up for you. This is starting your own business and getting clients you want with support of our team. However, the clients you work with will be those of Be Mindful. This means you will not be able to contract with them outside of our organization. As a contractor, you will get compensated upon the close of any contract for: business development, curriculum development and/or teaching time. Please note, Be Mindful pays our contractors on the highest end of the spectrum for the national standards for compensation of these positions within a nonprofit. You will find these compensation ranges in our Independent Contractor Agreement.

How long does it take to create curriculum for a school?

Curriculum development takes about 1 – 3 months for most of our programs. However, for some communities it could take longer. For example, our work with airline pilots took over 6 months to develop because there was extensive research to understand FAA regulations, flightpath standards, startle response, simulation training, etc. Likewise, our training with Neurosurgeons that will are the process of developing, will take extensive research to understand the full needs of that community.

Who actually goes into the school and teaches?

You do if you are the instructor or if you are a director then you will assign someone on your team from your region. Note: Anyone that is on your team must be contracted with Be Mindful before they are able to teach.

With Be Mindful school programs, who is being taught – the teachers or the students?

Be Mindful will not do a “train the trainer model” for teachers to teach mindfulness in their classroom.  Research shows this is not an effective model (see this on our website under “Why Be Mindful”). Our typical program consists of an 8 week program for students as well as a workshop and weekly instructions for teachers to engage in exercises for their own personal practice. Additional support is provided for parents.

If we are teaching at a school, how long would we be there (thinking about travel, etc.)?  It seems hard to understand how 1 person could teach all classes and grades in a district.

Our typical school program runs 8 classes, once a week for 8 weeks. It would be impossible to teach a whole district with only 1 teacher. It is likely you will need 2-3 teachers to teach just 1 full school program. You should look at starting off trying to teach 1 full school program and expanding from there. Once you are ready to expand, look to recruit people that are trained in mindfulness in your area. If contracted with Be Mindful, any recruits you would bring in would have to go through Be Mindful instructor training.

There has been some controversy in many districts related to spiritualism and mindfulness. Has your organization experienced this and how was it handled?

Many people find mindfulness through spiritual practice. However, it is important to understand mindfulness does not have to be spiritual nor is it a religion, although you can find references to it that go back thousands of years in historical documents of major religions all around the world. Today, research has and continues to help us understand the science behind the practice. If Be Mindful is to stay true to our mission to make mindfulness “accessible to the masses”, it is imperative that we detach ANY religious philosophies to the practice. As a Be Mindful representative, it is essential that you do not express any religious and/or spiritual belief to any lessons being taught through our organization. Any instructor who is incapable of this, will find a termination of their contract with Be Mindful.

If your question was not answered here please send it to Robyn@BeMindful.us.org