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EPV Online Mindfulness Summer Course

for Primary School Teachers

This Department of Education approved CPD 20 hour online course offers 3 Extra Personal Vacation days (EPV). 
Custom-designed for Teachers 
  • Scientifically-based 20-hour Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for teachers.

  • Aligns with SPHE subject area of school curriculum.

  • Drawing on research and best practices in the fields of Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Positive Psychology, thereby offering deeper and longer lasting results in the areas of mindfulness, wellbeing and relaxation

  • Teaches skills applicable both in the classroom and in personal life, and provides resources for teachers and children.

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Why is Mindfulness in Schools so important?

Mindfulness for the Teacher

Mindfulness is vital for teachers' self-care. Under the current stresses of teaching it is estimated that nearly 50% of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years of teaching due to stress and burnout. This is a loss to both the teacher who has come to teaching through their passion to educate young people, and also to the education system in which they operate. This burnout affects the profession at a time when, more than ever, we a need workforce of calm, supportive, and understanding teachers.

Mindfulness for the Student

Mindfulness enhances every student's life, not just particular students who may experience behavioural, emotional, psychological or social difficulties. Many children now present in school with challenging behaviours due to the demands of modern life, which may render the classroom situation as a place of difficulty . It should be understood that even being the straight 'A' student and general all-rounder, also brings its own inherent pressures. The benefit of Mindfulness is that it is non-stigmatising and can be offered to all students, with benefits for all. With 75% of mental illness commencing in the teenage years and occurring before the age of 24, it is of vital importance that our children learn Mindfulness as an early intervention which gives them the tools for physical, emotional and psychological wellness.

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Why choose THIS course?

This course has been designed by Professionals for Professionals and offers a unique blend of evidence-based tools and science from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  These are taught in the context of proven principles and skills taken from the disciplines of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology.​

For more information on the Course Creator and Founder of Irish Mindfulness Academy, Carmel Farnan click on Meet the Team.


Positive Psychology

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Course Benefits for Teachers and Pupils
  • Enhanced well-being and resilience.

  • Reduced stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Increased optimism.

  • Improved emotional regulation.

  • Greater access to positive emotions.

  • Less stress both in school and personal life.

  • Increased focus, concentration and attention skills.

  • Strengths based assessment tool allowing teachers and pupils know and operate from a strengths basis.

  • Improved relationships and social skills.

  • The ability to use Mindfulness to deal with emotional and mental states such as low mood, social pressures, anxious thinking.  

Fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed the course; the content was superb. Not only professionally, but it's been particularly beneficial on a personal level. Highly recommend to all professionals working with young people!

Veronica Haughey, education professional, on the IMA's Mindfulness in Schools training.

Course Content

Each module covers a key topic of Mindfulness through a variety of learning methods: readings, written exercises, videos, meditation exercises, assessments  These topic areas are:

Module 1
  • Introduction to Mindfulness Theory and Practice

Module 2
  • The Science of Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

Module 3
  • Understanding the practical application of Mindfulness - in life and in the classroom

Module 4
  • How Mindfulness builds on and complements Positive Psychology

Module 5
  • The importance of Self-Compassion to Mindfulness - theory and application

Completion Requirements

This 5 module online program concurrently introduces course participants to the key concepts of Mindfulness, for both teachers and students. Through this participants will establish their own Mindfulness practice, and on seeing and feeling the benefits of this practice will then be both qualified and committed to offer Mindfulness as a practice to pupils.

  • The course consists of 5 modules, delivered in an online format for self-paced learning.

  • In order to support participants there will be opportunities for online interactions with course tutors for the duration of the course.

  • To enhance your learning about Mindfulness, you will be required in each module to participate in an online discussion board, with a requirement to post two comments on each module's discussion board.

  • In modules 2, 4 and 5 you will be asked to reflect on your progress through the course, during each of these weeks you will be required to submit an online short account (maximum of 300 words) about how Mindfulness is influencing you on a personal and professional level.

  • A commitment to shared learning and appreciation of Mindfulness in an online environment is a key element of this course.

  • You can download all materials used within this course, prior to the finish date of 21st August.

  • Post-course support is provided via a closed Facebook group of like-minded professionals who have completed this training.

  • Course delivery will comprise of differing media formats to provide a more engaging and personal experience. You will need access to a PC, iMac or MacBook or windows based tablet to engage with the course content - only basic computing skills are required and support can be provided if necessary. ​


Total course duration is 20 hours.

Please note Completion of all five modules is necessary to qualify for the award of the 'Certificate in Mindfulness for Schools', from the the Irish Mindfulness Academy.

Course Booking

Course now open for booking. Course runs from 1st July 2024 to 16th August 2024

Course is open from 1st July 2024 to 16th August 2024. 

* Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions when booking a course with the Irish Mindfulness Academy


We reserve the right to reschedule a course in the unlikely event that the need arises - please note this has never happened in twenty one  years of delivering Mindfulness Courses in Ireland and UK.

Course Fee €99.

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