Presently our main focus is on providing in-school initiatives for school staff and school pupils (overviewed below). However, we are in the process of developing materials for use in SEAL sessions (and similar style lessons) as well as providing single one-off sessions for staff, in which introductory materials and simple practices that can aid well-being are overviewed in a single twilight session.
Compassion in the Classroom Staff Initiative
The Compassion in the Classroom staff initiative aims to improve the wellbeing of both staff and students across primary and secondary schools. As part of the staff (CPD) initiative, we deliver an insightful programme to help those working in educational settings gain greater understanding of emotions – including emotion regulation in the brain and the body. We also share a variety of compassion-based practices to improve your own emotional well-being. Our initiative is based on the latest science; this is often research the team themselves have conducted and published in rigorously peer-reviewed journals & books. The course comprises six 90 minute group modules designed to be progressed over one school term. As indicative content the modules encompass: An overview of compassion, including nature of our minds & introductory practices (Module 1); How our emotions work & using mindful attention to observe our own emotional states (Module 2); Building the compassionate mind (Module 3); Emotion regulation via compassion (Module 4); Working with self-criticism (Module 5); and, Compassion in everyday life (Module 6).
Currently we are looking to recruit a large secondary school within Derby/Derbyshire for a within-school waitlist control trial in the 2019-2020 academic year. For this school only, we can offer the initiative for free provided staff taking part in the CPD initiative, take part in the research evaluation aspects (following informed consent). This would include completing psychological and physiological measures of wellbeing. For more information, or if you wish your school to be considered, please contact: Dr Frances A. Maratos: f.maratos [at] derby.ac.uk.
Compassion in the Classroom Pupil Initiative
The Compassion in the Classroom pupil initiative aims to improve the wellbeing of students of both primary and secondary age. As part of the initiative, we are currently in the process of developing a six to eight session lesson series that helps pupils gain greater understanding of their own emotions – including how emotions work in the brain and the body. We also introduce a range of fun practices and exercises (e.g. fantastic walking) that are based upon our compassion-based ethos as well as positive psychology. Our initiative is based on the latest science, again this is often research the team themselves have conducted and published in rigorously peer-reviewed journals & books. As indicative content the sessions includes materials based upon understanding emotions (including difficult emotions of fear, anger and sadness), how we often experience mixes of emotions, and practices that can be used to help us understand and regulate such emotions. We also introduce practices that encourage calming and contented emotions, as well as a more positive mind-set.
Currently we are looking to recruit a largish secondary school within Derby/Derbyshire for a within-school control trial in the 2019-2020 academic year; specifically Year 7 pupils. For this school only, we can offer the initiative for free provided the Year 7 pupils involved complete brief psychological and/or physiological measures of wellbeing (following a process of informed consent). For more information, or if you wish your school to be considered, please contact: Dr Frances A. Maratos using f.maratos [at] derby.ac.uk.