What is the Inner Strength System Teacher Training?
The Inner Strength teen mindfulness teacher training prepares you to support teens in a classroom setting with the tools of mindful self reflection and kindness. The unique aspect of the Inner Strength program is its emphasis on context, on understanding the framework of a child’s experience and understanding the developmental perspective that has created the conditions we experience in our bodies, in our lives and in our culture today. Learning to think and view the world as an inter-related system is empowering for both educator and student. This developmental or systemic perspective has been widely praised and is explained in detail in the book The Conscious Classroom.
Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness
The Fundamentals of Mindfulness, Part I is a 36 hour program to enable you to teach 7 evidence-based tools of mindfulness within a developmental context to high school students. The Inner Strength System(TM) is a unique mindfulness school program which teaches adolescents tools to focus, reduce stress and anxiety, cultivate an awareness of physical self care related to athletic pursuits and eating habits, and ways to cultivate compassion and care, reducing anger, resentment, vindictiveness, and self-harm. You will learn these 7 tools, practice them in a guided video setting, and explore them within a framework of cultural and physiological development.
Unlock access to liberating perspectives
When teens learn to see their experience in a systemic framework, they develop important 21st century skills including flexibility and resilience of thinking. They learn to become archaeologists of themselves, exploring their personal experience as they feel it and as a result of 300 million years of influence. These tools and perspectives make all the difference for challenged youth, turning a life burdened by overwhelm into a life filled with curiosity and interest.
When lightbulbs go off for students and they connect the dots, both the teens and the teachers discover unexpected joy and depth.
Teaching the Inner Strength Teen Program is personally rewarding. New insights catalyze our own growth and transformation. Not only do we learn how to teach inner strength for outer stability, we develop that in our own lives.
Practice Trauma Informed tools
For students who have adverse early childhood experiences or other exposure to trauma, the mindfulness tools can help them move through conditioned reactions and imprints, helping teens to regain control over their responses and their lives. For psychologists, social workers, pediatricians, counselors or other helpers, adding these mindfulness tools to your repertoire of skills will help you soothe and support youth in new ways.
In the Inner Strength Teacher Training, you will learn how to teach the mindfulness exercises which form the foundation of the 12-week Inner Strength System. Part 1 is required in order to train in the Inner Strength Developmental Perspective (Teacher Training Part 2) and complete the training for the Inner Strength System 12-week Program.
Inner Strength Teacher Training Details
The Teacher Training is designed for optimal support. You will learn the techniques and perspectives, practice teaching, and participate in ongoing teacher’s calls once you begin teaching. The goal of this program is to impart in-depth training and ensure a very high caliber of instruction in the schools. Additionally, this training is designed to grow a supportive collective of school mindfulness teachers who support each other’s creativity and growth.
Indepth Practical, Experiential & Philosophical Training
The Inner Strength Teen Program Teacher Training includes 8 90-minute teleconference & webinar sessions, additional video resources, 40 half-hour guided meditation practice sessions by video-conference, and access to weekly professional development teleconference calls once you start teaching.
The training includes conceptual overview, background reading, practice teaching sessions and mindfulness sessions to explore your own understanding of the practice.
Mindfulness requires practice, understanding, and insight – are you ready to train?
FOUNDATIONS OF MINDFULNESS
Feb 6 – Mar 27, 2018
In this 8 week series of live webinars, guided meditations, partner-practice, and supplemental video lessons, you will learn how to teach 7 foundational mindfulness practices to teens.
Through a series of live teleconferences with ample time for questions, breakout discussions and one-on-one practice sessions, readings, and quizzes you will receive solid training to being incorporating the principles and practices of mindful contemplation in the classroom.
More and more of our students arrive in the classroom carrying the effects of trauma and stress. These issues affect their ability to pay attention, learn, self-regulate, and develop wholesome relationships with their adults mentors and their peers. The Inner Strength System(TM) teaches students 7 evidence-based mindfulness tools that will help them de-stress, self-regulate, and cultivate important social-emotional skills. These tools are taught in a developmental context. Students learn to de-personalize some of the negative experiences they may have had, allowing them to let go of mis-placed responsibility, guilt, or frustration.
While students are experience greater access to knowledge, connection, and communication than any generation before, the advent of new technologies has also brought its own shadow. Students are experiencing increasing levels of distraction, attention deficit, cyber-bullying, and self-harm.
Students now more than ever stand to benefit from the time-honored tools of mindfulness to access inner strength and cultivate outer stability. They gain self-confidence and independence, and cultivate positive life-long learning habits for the successful achievement of their higher goals.
By the end of Inner Strength Teacher Training:
— You will have a solid understanding of the different mindfulness tools.
— You will understand which tools are more appropriate for different classroom situations and desired results.
— You will have practiced teaching with a partner and received constructive feedback.
— You will complete a proficiency tele-exam with an instructor.
Successful teaching of mindfulness to students rests on your own familiarity with the practice. Incorporated into the training is half hour mindfulness practice sessions Mon-Fri 8 AM US ET.
Part I is required to participate in Part II of the training. Successful completion of both sections (mindfulness and the developmental perspective) is required to receive your Inner Strength System Teacher’s Certificate of Training.
Part I Dates
Tuesdays 8-9:30 PM US ET
- Feb 6
- Feb 13
- Feb 20
- Feb 27
- Mar 6
- Mar 13
- Mar 20
- Mar 27 Final Exam Session
7 Mindfulness Tools
Time-honored and evidence-based mindfulness practices give students immediate personal support. Students learn to explore the mysterious nature of consciousness, which can ignite an ongoing curiosity about the nature of life.
- Breath Meditation
- Body Scan
- Thought Bubbles
- Open Awareness
- Chocolate Meditation
- Love & Kindness
Focusing & De-Stressing
You will learn how to teach students to center, focus and destress using age-appropriate and school appropriate language.
You will learn
— The science behind mindfulness
— How to introduce exercises
— The secular roots of mindfulness
— How to appropriately work with students from all backgrounds
— How to work collaboratively with school faculty
— How to recognize signs of trauma and distress in students and contra-indications to mindfulness
- The history & science of mindfulness
- Helping students calm and focus
- Classroom management
Practicing Love & Kindness
The Art & Science of Relationships
One of the biggest stressors for teens is their social life. With the advent of social media, this is even more challenging as they are exposed and vulnerable in new and hard to manage ways.
Teens are more than willing to learn ways to be in positive relationships with their friends and peers without compromising their individuality and their self-respect.
They also benefit greatly from learning specific tools to be kinder to themselves.
You will learn how to teach teens to:
— Recognize whether they are practicing kindness or meanness to themselves.
— Grow their capacity to care for themselves and for others.
— Manage their responses and reactions so they find the most constructive way to respond when their feelings are heated.
- Love & Kindness Meditation
- Practicing kindness to ourselves
- How to dial back in the moment
- Recognizing we have the same feelings
& Systemic Thinking
June 26 – July 24
Including an in-person training July 13-15
The unique holistic perspective of the Inner Strength System(TM)
In Part II of the Inner Strength teacher training you will develop the understanding and ability to teach students to see their experience in a larger context.
You will learn how to:
— Give simple and graspable explanations for how teens can take more responsibility for themselves by understanding the neurological triggers that have developed over 300 million years.
— Guide students back into a simpler time in history, enabling them to appreciate the advances they benefit from and reduce the insecurity they feel in relationship to the complexity of modern culture.
— Integrate these tools with the practice of mindful exercises.
Teen benefit greatly from learning how to calm themselves and gain some emotional stability. Their sense of wonder and curiosity awakens when they start to feel empowered to engage with the culture, the world, and their feelings with the interest of a scientist. As students become explorers of their experience in a systematic way, they better understand how history or biology has a direct effect on them and how their learning can take on new meaning. In this day and age, with technology advancing so rapidly, we as educators are preparing students for a world none of us can imagine. Training teens to work with complexity and to think systemically prepares them to be flexible, resilient, and engaged and so be better able to succeed and realize their higher goals.
In person training, Philadelphia Area
— July 13-15
Teleconference Calls Tuesdays 8-9:30 PM
- June 26
- July 3
- July 10
- July 24
Brain Science & The Teen Brain
As sophisticated as we are, we are still influenced by our reptilian brain, which has been honed to trigger fight and fear responses for over 300 million years. The teen brain is also undergoing seismic chemical shifts, which influence judgement, perception, and responses. Learning about these physiological changes helps teens become responsible for themselves, and gain confidence during this turbulent stage of life.
- Basic parts of the brain
- How mindfulness supports healthy brain growth
- The adolescent brain
- Teaching students to be safe & enjoy their teenage years
Our culture and social structures have made some huge leaps in the last 800 years. Connecting the dots between the greater freedoms we have now, the broader personal responsibility and choices, and our levels of stress and uncertainty gives students new ways to work with their own experience.
- Seeing our experience in larger historical context
- The pressures and advantages of postmodernity
- Teen view on the world
- Teaching teens to embrace their role in culture change
Trauma Awareness, Diversity Training & Classroom Management
Learning how to teach and embody the values of mindful awareness. This requires conscious contemplation and discussion so we better understand our students and ourselves, and how we interact. In this section:
You will learn:
- How trauma affects students, how to identify and respond appropriately.
- To be aware of your own biases, triggers, and preferences.
- Appropriate classroom management techniques that go along with mindfulness values.
- How to collaborate with the classroom teachers when you encounter disruptive or disinterested students.
The Inner Strength System is a Comprehensive Training for Teen Mindfulness Instructors
Upon registration you will receive a 30% discount code to purchase your copy of the 100+ page Inner Strength System Teachers’ Manual. This manual covers lessons for Part I & II and includes detailed lesson plans, additional resources for teachers, and teaching tools for the classroom.
Audio & Video Resources
Access to teacher only audio resource page with audio downloads, sample lessons, guided meditations, and video sections specifically for teacher training.
Ongoing Development Teleconferences
Fall or Spring
Weekly 1-hour teacher development calls once you begin teaching to provide live support and guidance as you work directly with students. Active teachers discuss breakthroughs, challenges, and share creative teaching tools.
The Inner Strength Foundation – 2017