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SMART (Stress Management And Resiliency Training)

Mindfulness for Educators: smartEducation™
Professional Development for Educators and Health Care Professionals

smartEducation™ (SMART:Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) is an evidence-based program designed to address the needs of educators (K-12 and post-secondary), professional support staff and mental health professionals involved in the education and care of children, youth, and young adults.

Who Should Attend
Education professionals including teachers, educational assistants, child and youth workers, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, audiologists and speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists, student support staff as well as administrators and office staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

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Course Overview: This evidence-based course trains professionals to better manage work-related and personal stress, in order to cultivate emotional balance. SMART integrates the teachings, practices and research from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, emotion theory, and compassion training to address the specific needs and challenges of helping professionals. Each session consists of presentations, group discussion and experiential practices in mindfulness. A 4-hour silent retreat and weekly home practice is also part of the course.

Course Format: The 20 hour program is delivered in a workshop setting, consists of 8 x two hour sessions, a 4 hour silent retreat and includes home practice.

Certificate of Completion: Successful participants receive a certificate of completion from UBC Faculty of Education.

Learning Outcomes: The course trains participants to:

  • Manage stress through a greater understanding and control of emotions
  • Employ self-care techniques to cultivate personal and professional resilience.
  • Create effective strategies for relating to challenging situations.
  • Enhance concentration and executive function (planning, decision-making, and impulse control).
  • Revitalize purpose, personally and professionally
  • Improve your overall mental and physical health
  • Promote happiness through healthy habits of the mind


Thirty years of informed basic research and, more recently, neuroscience, offer compelling evidence to support the use of employing mindfulness practices in education. The application of mindfulness by students and teachers has the potential to improve academic achievement, mental health, and positive relationships. Scientific studies show that mindfulness training develops one’s concentration, attention, executive function, (planning, decision making, and impulse control), emotional balance, pro-social behavior, compassionate action and promotes mental well- being. More Information Here

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Target Audiences:
Education Staff
Health Authority Staff
Other: Who Should Attend: K-12 and post secondary educators and professional support staff
Minimum Number of Participants: 12
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Date & Time:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 - Fri Aug 23, 2019
Registration Deadline: Mon Aug 05, 2019
Monday 10 am - 4 pm (SMART sessions 1 &
525,00 $
This is a one-time registration fee.
Includes Participant Manual
More Information:
Mindfulness Everyday is pleased to offer a $50 subsidy to Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Workers who wish to take SMART.
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