Addressing stress, anxiety & mental health among learners & staff through mindfulness practice
National - Introduction Series
Wed 26 Jul 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
|Location||Online and at your desk, National|
|Cost inc. GST (Members)||$60|
|Cost inc. GST ||$88|
|Who should attend?||
Education and Training providers are reporting increasingly high levels of stress, anxiety and mental health issues among students for a wide range of reasons. Equally, staff employed by providers are also experiencing high levels of stress due to the constant demands of ongoing change in Training Packages, regulatory requirements, funding, compliance, data management etc
Research internationally shows beyond doubt that simple Mindfulness practice can have significant positive impacts on health, well being, productivity and learning capacity, and can very easily be undertaken by staff and learners.
Mindfulness “self-regulation practices that focus on training attention and awareness ... bring mental processes under greater voluntary control and foster general mental well-being, development and specific capacities such as calmness, clarity and concentration” (Walsh & Shapiro, 2006).
Research on mindfulness has identified these benefits: Stress reduction, improved focus, cognitive flexibility and working memory, reduced emotional reactivity, more harmonious relationships, increased immune functioning and increased information processing speed among others.
In this workshop, participants will not only develop an understanding of mindfulness, what it is, how to practice it regularly, and how to engage others in Mindfulness (especially learners), they will also experience it in practice during the session – so find a quiet place for the webinar!
By the end of this webinar, participants will have the knowledge and skills to:
- practice mindfulness themselves regularly and confidently;
- facilitate mindfulness practice among their staff, colleagues, friends and family members; and
- facilitate mindfulness practice among learners.
Facilitated by: Dr Joy De Leo
Dr Joy De Leo has been an educator for almost 40 years, working in schools, the VET sector and in Higher education in both the public and private sector. She is also a trained career and educational counsellor and a Psychosynthesis practitioner, having engaged in Mindfulness practice herself for over 25 years and conducted professional development workshops for educators throughout the Asia Pacific for over 10 years. She is committed to the holistic development of the whole learner and educator – physical, cognitive and affective – with a particular focus on values in human development.