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Still Quiet Place
Practicum

A Mindfulness Program for
Teaching Children and Adolescents

Taught by Amy Saltzman, M.D.

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August 23rd-25th 2017
Portugal

Practicum
Still Quiet Place


for K-12 Educators, Education Managers, Allied Professionals and Parents

Practicum
Still Quiet Place


para Professores, Educadores, Gestores Educacionais, Profissionais Afins e Pais

The Still Quiet Place is based on the MBSR program (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) adapted for Children and Adolescents.

This practicum is designed for parents, educators and allied professionals who are interested in offering mindfulness to children and adolescents (K-12) to support them in developing their natural capacities for focused attention, engaged learning, emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action.

Together we will explore, in detail, the research-based Still Quiet Place curriculum.

O Still Quiet Place deriva do MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, o programa de Mindfulness com maior visibilidade e benefícios cientificamente comprovados), adaptado para crianças e adolescentes.
Este Practicum é projectado para Professores, Educadores, Gestores Educacionais e Profissionais Afins interessados em oferecer Mindfulness a crianças e adolescentes (do Pré-Escolar ao 12º ano), apoiando-os no desenvolvimento das suas capacidades naturais de atenção focada, aprendizagem engajada, espectro emocional, comunicação não-agressiva e acção compassiva.

É também dirigido aos Pais que procurem introduzir e aplicar estas práticas aos seus filhos.

Juntos, vamos explorar, em detalhe, o currículo baseado na evidência que sustenta o programa Still Quiet Place.
Este Practicum será conduzido em Inglês.

Comments on Amy’s work

A Still Quiet Place is a smart, thoughtful, and encouraging guide to bringing mindfulness to children. Amy’s warmth and experience shine through her words, and her invitation to explore the world with kindness and curiosity is exactly what I would want for my own daughter. My teaching, and my parenting, will be better for having read this book.
Jennifer Cohen Harperauthor of Little Flower Yoga for Kids

 

 

 

 

Teacher

Amy Saltzman, M.D.

A holistic physician, mindfulness coach, scientist, wife, mother, devoted student of transformation, long-time athlete, and occasional poet.

My passion is supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well being and discovering the Still Quiet Place within.

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I have the privilege of being recognized by my peers as a visionary and pioneer in the fields of holistic medicine and mindfulness for youth.

I’ve offered mindfulness to young people from pre-K to college undergrads in socioeconomically diverse school and community settings. I’ve conducted two research studies evaluating the benefits of teaching mindfulness to child-parent pairs and to children in low-income elementary schools. These research projects were conducted in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.

To support others in discovering the joy and peace of the Still Quiet Place I have written a book, A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions, and created two CDS: Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children and Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens.

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Founding member and the current President of SQP
Medical Doctor, a holistic physician and mindfulness coach
Recognized as a visionary and pioneer in the fields of holistic medicine and mindfulness for youth
Author of the A Still Quiet Place

In Detail

What is it?

The Still Quiet Place Practicum is designed for educators and allied professionals who are interested in offering mindfulness to children and adolescents —
to support them in developing their natural capacities for focused attention, engaged learning, emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action. Together we will explore, in detail, the research-based Still Quiet Place curriculum.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Engage in a variety of mindfulness-based practices for children and adolescents through experiential techniques and mindful inquiry.
  • Develop skills to offer a variety of adapted mindfulness-based practices for children and youth.
  • Discuss current information regarding mindfulness and brain science through research and practice.
  • Review current research as it is related to societal trends regarding the state of our youth today and explore how mindfulness can play a crucial role in positively impacting these trends.
  • Obtain direct, personal experience of mindfulness practice and learn how it applies to both professional and personal practice.

A excerpt from the SQP

 

This practicum is designed for educators and allied professionals who are interested in offering mindfulness to children and adolescents —
to support them in developing their natural capacities for focused attention, engaged learning, emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action. Together we will explore, in detail, the research-based Still Quiet Place curriculum.

Target Audience:

Educators, healthcare providers, psychotherapists, researchers and administrators of programs providing care and education to children and youth.

Priority participation

will be given to those with:

  • Experience working/playing with children.
  • An established daily mindfulness practice.
  • Mindfulness retreat experience.


Participants receive:

  • A free copy of A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions.
  • Free access to Still Quiet Place audio tracks, worksheets, and a sample course outline which can be implemented in any group educational or clinical setting.
  • Examples of foundational documents, including a sample letter to decision-makers, a flier promoting the mindfulness program, and a sample parental consent form.
  • Access to the private Still Quiet Place Facebook discussion group.

 


Provisional Program


Day 1
9-10:30 overview, intros, guidelines
11-12:30 Rest practice
12:30- 2:00 lunch
2:00- 4:00 Videos, Partner Practice or Free time
4:00- 5:30 Thought Watching and Unkind Mind
7:00- 8:30 Feelings


Day 2
9-10:30 Emotion Theory, Suffering= PainX Resistance
11-12:30 Responding and Reacting
12:30- 2:00 lunch
2:00- 4:00 Videos, Partner Practice or Free time
4:00-5:30 Difficult Communications
7:00-8:30 Loving Kindness


Day 3
9-10:30 Am I Ready
11-12:30 Notes and Cautions
12:30- 2:00 lunch
2:00- 3:30 Q and A



► During this interactive training participants will:

  • Either begin or continue their personal mindfulness practice for at least 30 minutes per day for the duration of the course.
  • Review current research regarding the benefits of teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents.
  • Observe and discuss a ten-session curriculum for 4th-7th graders from beginning to end.
  • Explore and discuss skillful adaptations in language and practice which make mindfulness inviting and accessible to different age groups and populations.
  • Discuss the realities of offering mindfulness practices in classroom, therapeutic, and community settings.
  • Discuss some of the challenges faced when providing mindfulness instruction, including reluctance, resistance, or misunderstanding on the part of children, parents, and administrative leadership.
  • Review and reflect upon the essential qualities and qualifications for those interested in teaching mindfulness to children, and receive a framework for evaluating their own readiness to teach mindfulness to youth.
  • Discuss ideas for presenting/pitching a new mindfulness program in specific settings.

 

 

VENUE


• Casa Silva, Barcelos, Portugal

About 50 kms from Oporto airport Nestled in the beautiful North of Portugal, this center is the perfect site for retreats. It offers fresh air, mountain vistas, gorgeous wooded acreage, personalized service and the best facilities around. Located just 40 minutes from Oporto Airport, with great accesses, you will feel a million miles away from the city, but we’re close enough for an easy getaway. The meditation gardens offers sanctuary to reflect and recharge in natural beauty with sounds of water all around.


Amenities:
Accomodations:There are more than 30 bedrooms (altought the group is limited), each with its own newly remodeled private bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Sheets, blankets, towels and soap are provided. Rooms have adjustable heaters and wireless internet.
The food is amazing.


Distance between Barcelos station and the retreat center


For various reasons, we encourage that participants share rides and travel costs.


 

FAQs


What time should I arrive? When will we finish?
Information available soon



Is there wireless service/mobile phone use?

Expect to get consistent, reliable wireless internet service while at the retreat center. It is most advisable to restrict cellphone am computer use because of the training nature, however we recognize that sometimes computer use is a necessity.
Most cellular phones will work in this location. Again, however given the nature of the retreat there will be limited opportunities to use them, so informing those who may need to contact you of these limitations ahead of time will be helpful.


Is it possible to stay extra nights at the facility or arrive a day or two early?

The retreat center is often booked both right before and right after our training, so arriving early or staying an extra night or two after the retreat maybe a possibility but requires planning in advance.



What do I need to bring?

If it is at all possible, please bring a meditation cushion (zafu) and a yoga mat. We will have a some cushions and mats, but maybe not enough to everyone. So if you have one and can squeeze it into your luggage or bring it as a carry-on please consider doing so.
It is always advisable to check the weather forecast prior to traveling, to help guide you in proper clothing choices.



What should I expect regarding the format of the Practicum?

This encounter is taught in a residential format, which means there is a great deal of mindfulness practices embedded. The venue very much facilitates this format; we will will meet, eat and be housed in a relatively secluded area.
There are no other large groups planned in the center that time, so it should be relatively quiet and secluded. The rooms are clean and comfortable, similar to a hotel room.


What should I read prior to arriving?

Information availabel soon


What if I require some special accommodations or have dietary restrictions?

While you are asked to note specific food restrictions on your registration application (on the comments), if there are any additional food or medical concerns we should be aware of please let us know of these in advance so we may assist you.



DATE:23rd-25th August 2017

FEES
$0 “Early-Bird Discount” if you register and pay in full on or before May 18th, 2017
Early-Bird Rate on or before May 18th, 2017
On or After May 18, 2017
Registration
$0
$0
Room and Board and Local Fees Single or Double Occupancy Payable in cash upon arrival.
€0
€0

  • Fees shown above are in US dollars except for Room & Board Fee.
  • Room & Board fee is payable in Euro (cash) upon arrival.
  • Registration fee does not include standard room and board charge.
  • Upon submission of your registration your application will be reviewed for prerequisites and you will be contacted when it has been formally accepted.

Notes

If you have difficulties submitting your application via this web form, you may try a recent browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, or email your application directly to eventos.spmbe(at)gmail.com

► It’s necessary to fill the application form;
► In the application form select the Event – Practicum – Mindfulness Program for Children and Adolescents;
► The event takes place with a minimum of 25 participants committed to the course by May 18th (full payment) – so apply as soon as possible;
► If possible bring baggy clothes, a pillow and a mat and zafu (if you have them);
► Upon submission of your registration you will receive an email with additional information;
► The program is subject to minor changes.

Cancellation Policy
► A refund (minus your non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing 30 days prior to the training. No refunds will be allowed after that date.
► In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, Portuguese Society of Meditation – Mindfulness Institute is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

We have no responsibility for losses, damages, expenses or inconvenience that may arise, for any reason, due your participation in this event

CONFIDENTIALITY
SPM-BE – MI guarantees the confidentiality of personal data provided and their treatment in accordance with current legislation on data protection.

 

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