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Mindfulness for Wellbeing in Schools (6-Week Online Course) 

Designed for Schools that aspire to:

  1. Improve educational outcomes for all students (whether categorised as experiencing behaviour or learning difficulties or as high-achievers) through enhanced concentration and focus.

  2. Decrease educational staff burn-out (50% of new teachers quit within 5 years due to stress).

  3. Teach lifelong skills for reducing stress, worry, anxiety and depression (Research shows that 75% of mental illness begins during teenage years).

  4. Increase personal well-being and happiness for staff and students.

Mindfulness for Primary School Children

Recommended for:

  • School Management

  • Primary and Secondary School Teachers

  • Guidance Counsellors

  • School Support Staff

  • Chaplains

  • College and University staff

  • Leaders of Youth Organisations.

"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 - Course Attendee

Who should attend this course?
How is this course unique?

The design of this course is based on the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course (MBCT), from Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Key elements from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) from University of Massachusetts are also an integral part of the course.

Contemporary research shows that when tools from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence-based Positive Psychology (not to be confused with 'positive thinking') are combined with Mindfulness, the results obtained are deeper and are longer-lasting. 


Psycho-education unlocks the door for educators and students to leverage these scientific findings, so they can operate to their full human potential, with increased well-being and resilience.

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)

Benefits for Educators and Students 

  • Enhanced well-being and resilience.

  • Increased emotional regulation.

  • Greater access to positive emotions.

  • Less stress both in school and personal life.

  • Increased focus, concentration and attention skills.

  • 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.


  • As a Bonus, the Course includes access to a Strengths-based Assessment Tool that will deliver personalised results to each participant, to help them identify potential growth areas for personal and professional achievement.


Course Overview:

In order to teach Mindfulness to young people it is essential to have an established personal Mindfulness practice. After all, a swimming teacher wouldn't attempt to teach swimming without knowing themselves how to swim, and Mindfulness is the same.  This course provides practical tips and training to enable educational professionals to confidently teach what they themselves have learned. 

  • What is Mindfulness?

  • Introduction to Scientific research related to Mindfulness, including findings from the fields of Psychology and Neuroscience

  • Review of current research illustrating benefits of Mindfulness both in general, and more specifically, in schools.

  • Evidence-based practices from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help prevent and reduce unhelpful thinking styles, that lead to negative states.

  • Techniques to practice Mindfulness for adults, adolescents and children.

  • A suite of Meditation practices which can be adapted to suit all age groups.

  • Scientifically validated techniques from Positive Psychology (the study of happiness)

  • Teaching Tips to gain confidence in the delivery of Mindfulness to pupils and other adolescents.

  • Applied Mindfulness in everyday life: How to develop and maintain an ongoing Personal and Classroom Mindfulness practice.

What is required to successfully complete this course?

  • Login to complete self-paced training of  weekly classes become available each Thursday, for 6 weeks 

  • Access support via 1-1 online interactions with course tutors for the duration of the course.

  • Evidence of participation in online discussion board, required in weeks 1, 3 and 5 to participate in an online discussion board, (to reinforce/enhance learning focused on a key element of Mindfulness).

  • Submit short reflection (maximum of 300 words) in weeks 2, 4 and 6 to report on your progress and demonstrate how Mindfulness is influencing you on a personal and professional level.

  • Commit to shared learning and appreciation of Mindfulness with other online course participants.

  • 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. ​

  • Each weeks course material is released each Thursday at 9 am. You have one full week to complete each week's course material. There is no requirement to be online at any particular time during the week.


Total course hours is thirty six hours, this exceeds the minimum recommended criteria of 32 hours course duration.

  • You will have lifetime access to all materials used within this course.

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


Please note Completion of all 6 weeks of the course is necessary to qualify for the award of the Certificate in Mindfulness for Schools, from the the Irish Mindfulness Academy.

Course Booking
Next Course commences September 2024.
Purchase using the 'Buy Now' button below to avail of the Early Bird Discount Price of €299. Regular Price: €349.

Once you've made your selection above, you'll be directed to this form where payments can be made securely via PayPal or by using a Credit or Debit Card:

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