Mind Matters Training Series
When and Where:
Date: October 24-28, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm-3:30 pm ET each day
Location: Virtual (All attendees must have a working camera for this Zoom training)
This training is now full.
The registration for this “train the trainer” series is October 5, 2022, so materials can be mailed. Registration for this training series is limited to 25 attendees, and attendees MUST ATTEND ALL FIVE TRAINING DAYS.
The effects of childhood trauma and toxic stress are not easy to overcome. Formal training is often required for people to learn to notice and interrupt destructive thought patterns and harmful behaviors. Mind Matters teaches people skills and practices that cultivate healing and clear away distractions to learning and healthy relationships.
Mind Matters’ practical, hands-on lessons explore the effects of adversity and toxic stress and the healing process. Each lesson, based on ACE’s science, includes activities on increasing hope, overcoming adversity, and building resilience. The Appendix offers guidance in adapting each lesson for application in one-on-one settings, making the curriculum suitable for case workers, home visitors, mentors, and others working with individuals and families.
The lessons address the following topics:
- Self-Soothing and Regulating Emotions: Cultivate a mindfulness practice
- Managing Stress Effectively: Learn to reduce intrusive thoughts
- Developing Empathy: Improve interpersonal communications
- Creating a Code of Honor: Develop a life of intention
- Building and Using a Support System: Learn how to ask for help
The skills taught in Mind Matters are designed to be practiced over a lifetime. The curriculum is not meant to be therapy or to replace psychotherapy. Rather, it is intended to be facilitated by paraprofessionals to inspire, uplift, and set people on the journey of healing as they cultivate deeper resilience.
Mind Matters can be used to prevent violence, address chronic absenteeism, and build a culture of wellness. People experiencing ongoing stress or prior trauma often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, work, life, and relationships. As participants learn the skills and strategies in Mind Matters, they can begin to take charge of themselves and their responses to what life throws at them. Participants learn to address their physical, relational, and mental health needs. In addition, Mind Matters’ teaches individuals proven ways to deal with stressful, perhaps adverse, life experiences using innovative methods based on current research and neuroscience.
Mind Matters may be taught by non-clinicians in a group or individual setting with adults or teens (12 and up) to build skills that help them cope with life’s stressors. The program can be successfully implemented in health classes, home visiting settings, career and technical Ed programs, parenting classes, residential group homes, corrections, staff development seminars, and more.