Calm BootCamp

 

Approved for EPV Days

new for 2018

CALM BOOTCAMP

This summer CPD course aims to give an understanding of why recognising and managing stress in positive and healthy ways is important, for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of children. The importance of a relaxing, calm and kind classroom environment will be explored and practical strategies to achieve this will be provided.

This course will also provide you with a range of coping skills and tools which can be used personally and can be implemented in a whole class setting. The skills learned in this course complement the SPHE curriculum and enable children to learn about their emotional states through engaging with the content in an interactive and immersive manner.

You will be provided with activities and exercises which help children increase their bodily awareness, which will empower them to emotionally regulate in order to ensure a more relaxed, calm and kind classroom environment.

‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Kindfulness’ strategies will be introduced for implementation in your own life and in the classroom. The importance of nutrition, exercise and other positive strategies will be discussed and provided to ensure the sustenance of kind, calm and well beings in the classroom and beyond.

Course Aims:

  • To identify ways of managing stress as well as recognising and implementing coping skills to alleviate stress.
  • To empower children to take responsibility for their mental and emotional well-being; to increase awareness of their internal states, to regulate their own emotions and to use appropriate coping tools to reduce anxiety and stress.
  • To equip children with proprioceptive activities, mindful movement and breathing exercises to build up their ‘Well-Being Well’.
  • To promote ‘Kindfulness’ (becoming more mindfully kind) and practice self-compassion with a view to improving personal and class well-being.
  • To develop insights into reframing negative thoughts to positive thoughts using Cognitive Behaviour Techniques. Learn how to implement Cognitive Behaviour Techniques in the classroom and everyday life.
  • To recognise and foster the importance of a calm, positive and relaxed learning & work environment.
  • To equip teachers to integrate drama, literacy, PE, Circle Time and ICT to reduce anxiety and promote calming tools.
  • To use the skills learned to complement the SPHE curriculum and provide ideas for use throughout the curriculum. Learning will also inform SSE and encourage a school wide approach with inks/resources to share with parents and the wider community.
  • Learning will inform SSE specifically in the areas of bullying prevention, child protection as well as ensuring the emotional and mental wellbeing of students, teaching staff and all staff working in the school environment. Experiential learning from this course will also positively enhance the Code of Behaviour in the school.
  • To introduce Goal Setting and Time Management techniques to children and improve on personal practice.
  • To create an awareness of the importance of nutrition and physical exercise for well-being, stress and anxiety management.

Module 1 Stress & Anxiety

Recognising stress & anxiety in our lives (define stress, identify stress / anxieties)
How you react to stress (understanding current reactive behaviours, understanding stress and anxieties in your life, understanding effects of stress and anxiety on body, mind etc., neuroscience of stress on brain and nervous system)
Identifying and recognising to cope with or prevent stress and therefore lesson negative/harmful effects of stress
Relaxation Strategies
Reframing thoughts about stress & anxiety using CBT

Module 2 – Body Awareness & Introduction to Mindfulness

Aim: get out of head and into body. Tune into body in order to increase body awareness and connection with body
Mindfulness: Come to Your Senses
Introduction to other relaxation strategies: Body Scan, PMR (progressive muscular relaxation), Mindful Movement (proprioceptive & neuromuscular movements)
Relaxation Strategies
Attitude of Gratitude
Affirmations

Module 3 –Mindfulness, Movement & Meditation

More mindful movement – yoga exercises, stretches, movements to help with energy levels in body and help to tune into feedback /messages the body is sending
Beginning to notice busyness of the mind and perhaps beginning to recognise ‘Inner Critic’
Mindfulness – Breathing
Meditation: Loving Kindness meditation (MettaBhavana)
Kindfulness and Self-Compassion

Module 4 – Kindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Recognising importance of ‘Kindfulness’ / MettaBhavana
Practicing ‘Kindfulness’ / MettaBhavana on regular basis
Using tools of self-compassion to recognise own levels of stress, as well as inner critic / negative thoughts
Coping Skills / CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy: changing negative thoughts to more positive thoughts)
Appreciate that all others – including children – have their own worries, anxieties and stresses
Recognise that a calm, positive and relaxed environment is necessary for teacher and children / class to succeed
Kindfulness in the Classroom!

Module 5 – Get Ready, GO!

Goal Setting & Time Management
Work-Stress Management
Nutrition & Stress
Exercise
Kindfulness: self-compassion, recognising Inner Critic, visualise / focus on goal
Reminders / Helpful Hints to keep you on track (& Getting Unstuck)

Bonous Module

Free module on Restorative Practice

Ciara Lynch

Ciara Lynch

Course Author - Calm Boothcamp

Ciara has worked as a Primary School Teacher for 12 years and has experience of teaching a variety of classes. In recent years Ciara has worked primarily in a Learning Support/ Resource capacity and her qualifications in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as Play Therapy have made her better equipped to work with children experiencing a variety of emotional, mental and behavioural difficulties.
Ciara is also trained as a Mindfulness Practitioner as well as a Sensory and Proprioceptive activities facilitator with an avid interest in yoga and mindful movement as a means of reducing anxiety and stress and increasing self-care and cultivating positive self-image.

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