Interest in mindfulness practice within school settings has grown rapidly in the last decade. This is likely because there is a growing depth and breadth of research showing the powerful benefits of mindfulness for both teachers and students. However, it is often assumed that everyone has the capacity to engage in any mindfulness practice and also benefit from it. A trauma-sensitive approach recognizes that aspects of mindfulness practice can be activating for someone who has experienced trauma – especially if not offered in trauma sensitive ways. In this session, you learn about the fundamentals of trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based approaches for supporting the safety and stability of both educators and students within and through practice.
Shelley Murphy, PhD, is a former classroom teacher and a lecturer and researcher at OISE, University of Toronto. She is certified as a trauma-sensitive mindfulness practitioner and has been a mindfulness teacher and educator for over 20 years. Shelley developed and teaches the Mindfulness in Education course at OISE and is the recipient of A Mindful Society’s 2019 Michele Chaban Spirit of Leadership Award for her work and research in the field. Her book on mindfulness for children in classroom settings and beyond, Fostering Mindfulness, was published by Pembroke in 2019.