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Welcome to Psychology for Children

 

Why Mindfulness? 

 

 

In recent years the benefits of Mindfulness practice have become well established. The rising pressures of modern living - for adults and children - have led to an increased recognition that our lives can be deeply impoverished by our habitual tendency to be on 'auto-pilot', during which the richness of momentary experience often passes unnoticed. 

 

 Mindfulness helps us to develop the skills to more fully engage with our present experiences, to be 'in the moment'.                                             

 

Improving Children's Well Being and Reducing their Stress

 

Whilst we might like to think of children as perhaps more carefree, current mental health statistics suggests 290,000 children and young people have an anxiety disorder, and that the number of children aged 15-16 with depression has nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s.

 

The practice of mindfulness has been found to benefit children in many ways. It can lower stress, reduce the likelihood of becoming depressed and improve well being. Studies have shown improvements in abilities to control attention and rises in optimism and empathy.    

 

A simple yet powerful way to help

 

At Psychology for Children we offer the Mindful Attention Programme (MAP). MAP is a 9 week programme which supports the development of mindfulness skills in children aged 9-13, a critical period for children as they move from primary education into secondary schooling and face the challenges of the teenage years and increased school pressures. MAP has been shown to significantly increase children's level of mindfulness. To quote from one year 5 child: “If there is pressure then I don’t tend to worry about what it is when I remember what we’d done in mindfulness. It helps me to let those thoughts go away. I feel better than I did before”

 

MAP can be delivered by Teachers and other professionals working in schools, such as Learning Mentors or School Counsellors. MAP can be delivered to whole classes or to small groups of targetted children who may require specific support for their emotional well being.       

 

How can I get started?

 

In October, we will be offering trainings at level 2 in London. The training is delivered over 3 sessions. This unique training enables participants to learn about MAP and develop their own mindfulness practice as they teach it to their children. In this way, both the teacher and their children can explore what mindfulness is at first hand together. In addition, this structure enables teachers to embed the programme effectively and to be supported throughout their first run of MAP. 

  

When and Where?

 

For teachers in London, we will be offering a FREE twilight taster session at St John Baptist Primary in Lewisham on the 4th July. You will have the opportunity to try a simple mindfulness exercise for yourself, get to know a little more about what mindfulness is, and why it might be so helpful in your school, and take a peek at the MAP programme.

 

The next 3 day training will take place in London:-

 

At the Wandsworth Quaker Meeting House, 59 Wandsworth High Street on 3rd and 31st October, and the 21st November

   

 

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28 Nov

Australian study fails to replicate .b results - no positive outcomes on measures. Is implementation the key? https://t.co/VrFqgqPAZY

07 Jul

On 12th October Psychology for Children will be hosting a FREE taster event in Brighton for teachers. https://t.co/IIqMrurp42 for details

23 May

New training coming up in Brighton for the MAP course. See the Psychology for Children web-site for details - https://t.co/IIqMrurp42

16 Jul

Prevention Research Center receives $1.4 million mindfulness research grant | Penn State University http://t.co/Mo3W94f0YH

15 Jul

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22 Apr

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22 Apr