You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
IJ-MBSR Benefits Adults Personally and Professionally
IJ-MBSR is primarily based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program, an evidence-based intervention pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. It cultivates the practice of mindfulness. The basic MBSR curriculum focuses on the intentional observation of moment-to- moment awareness of physical sensations, feelings and thoughts.
Increased awareness allows us to live in the moment, to be present for our lives, instead of letting life slip away while our minds wander into regrets of the past or worries of the future. Medical research has documented mindfulness as a complement to the medical treatment of many symptoms and illnesses.
IJ-MBSR is highly beneficial for any adult who is:
IJ-MBSR provides a systematic retraining of the nervous system through the practices of:
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men [and women].
~ Frederick Douglass
IJ-MBSR is beneficial and empowering for any adult. However, like other mindfulness-based programs emphasizing emotional regulation and kindness skills, it is particularly helpful for educators and mental health counselors teaching children and teens. While the age-appropriate “direct training” of children and teens in after-school and community programs is very helpful, many experts believe that training their teachers and counselors is even more effective.
“Indirect training” of kids through their teachers by enabling educators to embody mindfulness in the classroom is the most effective way of teaching mindfulness to children and teens. Teachers learn to bring a calm awareness and kind presence to every student, weaving mindfulness into the DNA of the daily school experience. Furthermore, it has become evident that training teachers to develop a foundation of personal practice creates a wider and more sustainable benefit to the entire system of education.
The IJ-MBSR adult program has been taught to teachers and mental health counselors in many Miami-Dade County Public Schools over the last few years. During the 2015-2016 school year, Valerie York-Zimmerman, as the Founder and Senior Teacher/Trainer for Mindful Kids Miami, taught the IJ-MBSR Program in the M-DCPS Mindfulness Training Pilot Program throughout the Miami-Dade school district to public school educators. Results show significant improvements both personally and professionally for the educators as well as substantive improvements for their students in areas of behavior and academic performance.
Research studies demonstrate that mindfulness training for children and teens: