Educator Wellbeing Distinction


Through exploring research on teacher resilience and the tools of neuroscience, awareness, and emotional intelligence, this course engages teacher education students in evidence-based practices to help them grow their personal approaches to self-care. This course is a rich and highly interactive experience.

In a highly interactive, small-group setting, explore and practice evidence-based mind-body techniques useful for intentionally connecting with your mind and body; regulating your autonomic nervous system (responsible for the "fight, flight or freeze" response); and tapping into your internal wisdom. Skills we will explore include: meditation (concentrative, expressive, and mindfulness), visualization, imagery, body scans, and more. No experience with the use of these skills is necessary. Come as you are, ready to learn about how these skills can be a valuable component of your personal wellness and self-care routine.

Preparation: Grade of C or higher in EDUC-F 203, Self-care for New Teachers; OR grade of S in EDUC-F 203, Mind-Body Skills Group.

The central purpose of this course is to support pre-service teachers, CASS majors, and others exploring careers related to serving youth/young adults in exploring how to share self-care skills to promote community wide wellbeing. Participants will also consider how to guide others in implementing self-care skills in response to the stressors of daily life.