CARE for Teachers (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education): Improving Teacher’s Well-Being

Designed for teachers, school administrators, school counselors, teacher educators, health educators, health professionals, and others with an interest in contemplative education and social-emotional learning.

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Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions. The demands placed upon the teacher, both academic and emotional, can also make it one of the most stressful. CARE is a unique program designed to help teachers reduce stress and enliven their teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration - the inner resources they need to help students flourish, socially, emotionally, and academically.

Current findings in neuroscience confirm that practicing mindfulness facilitates awareness and self-regulation and develops the capacity for a calm, focused mind — a mind with the openness, responsiveness and sensitivity for optimal teaching, guiding, and learning. For teachers, these resources can provide the inner strength to be powerfully present and emotionally responsive. As a result, teachers become effective guides, and influential models of healthy social and emotional behavior.

CARE for Teachers professional development program has been developed by a team of researchers, educators, psychologists and experts in contemplative practice over the last eight years. It has shown positive research findings in a series of randomized trials funded by the US Dept. of Education. The findings demonstrated that CARE reduces stress, and improves well-being, efficacy, and mindfulness (Jennings, Snowberg, Coccia, & Greenberg, 2011).

Who should attend: This CARE for Teachers Workshop is designed for teachers, school administrators, school counselors, teacher educators, health educators, health professionals, and others with an interest in contemplative education and social-emotional learning.

Learning outcomes for participants include the following:

·       Increased understanding of the importance of emotional balance and self-regulation skills;

·       Understanding of burn out and application of skills to help prevent it;

·       Identification of ways to introduce mindful awareness practices into their own lives as a means of enhancing their professional performance.

 Instructional strategies that will be used include:
·       Experiential learning with a range of contemplative practices designed for teachers

·       Lecture and power point

·       Small group discussions

·       Individual reflection and journaling

Helpful book resources will be available for purchase on site.

christa turksma bio photoAbout the Instructor: Christa Turksma, DRS is a child-clinical psychologist who received her training in The Netherlands. Before becoming a psychologist, she was a Kindergarten Teacher and Principal. Christa has worked on various research and intervention projects that improve the lives of teachers and children. Christa began providing PATHS Trainings in 1988 and has trained thousands of teachers in the US, Canada, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, England, and Australia. In the US, she has trained teachers throughout the country. The PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) program is an evidence-based social emotional learning curriculum, which gives children in grades Preschool - 6 the skills they need to find positive, nonviolent solutions to social problems. The PATHS program focuses on teaching children how to express emotions, how to appropriately manage their emotions, develop effective conflict-resolution strategies, increase social competency, and become more empathic and compassionate in their interactions with others.  Christa is also an author and developer of the CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education) program for nurturing mindfulness in teachers. Christa is a certified trainer for the Mindful Parenting Program developed by Larissa Duncan and Doug Coatsworth at Penn State University. She now provides training in CARE as well as in The PATHS Curriculum. Christa is very interested in further developing mindfulness based programs for people in other stressful occupations.

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Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Training:

Friday, April 17, 2015, 5:30-9:00pm &
Saturday April 18th, 9:00am-4:00pm

Tuition: $199, includes materials

Instructor: Christa Turksma

Location: ChildLight Yoga Studio & Training Center, 53 Washington St., LL100, Dover, NH 03820. Directions and Travel & Lodging Info

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Enjoy and entire weekend of personal and professional development by adding on the Yoga 4 Classrooms Workshop for Educators to be held immediately following on Sunday, April 19th, 9am-3pm.



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