The Ripple Effect
Addressing a frequently expressed need, we are launching our long-awaited year-long Dynamic Mindfulness Certified Trainer (DMCT) program this September. Upon completion, DMCTs will be able to train others in our day-long Dynamic Mindfulness Foundations and Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher trainings. The thousands of people who have taken these trainings have had an overwhelmingly positive response.
As we continue to receive requests for these trainings along with follow-up support, from schools and school districts, public and behavioral health departments and probation departments, we realize that it is critical to develop exceptional trainers in trauma-informed Dynamic Mindfulness. Such trainers can provide the necessary institutional support locally and regionally, expanding the scope and reach of Dynamic Mindfulness beyond core Niroga staff trainers and coaches.
Mother Teresa reminds us that each one of us may have little power to change the world, but we can always cast a stone across the waters and create many ripples. A pebble of practice that has been found very useful by many teachers, students, counselors and parents is our comprehensive Dynamic Mindfulness curriculum. W.W. Norton is publishing an updated version that will be released this Fall. This book is available for pre-order now.
Support for Niroga’s Transformative Life Skills Curriculum
“A comprehensive, empirically-supported, social-emotional-skills-accredited approach that powerfully helps youth develop self-awareness, self-regulation, and empathic connection with others. Applying fundamental principles of mindfulness to accessible movement techniques, this wonderful book offers teachers a clear and useful guide to “dynamic mindfulness” and how to create a foundation of knowledge for students that will enhance their well-being and executive functions. Bravo to the brilliant pioneers who have courageously created such an important contribution to the field of education!”
– Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human and other texts including The Mindful Therapist, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Brainstorm, Mindsight, and The Developing Mind; Executive Director, Mindsight Institute; Founding Co-Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
“In a morass of school reform efforts that offer the same thing and expect different results, Teaching Transformative Life Skills is an effective curricular rejoinder. Its ABC approach honors the best in all of us, bringing students into the fold of caring and compassionate adults who breathe joy and justice into our schools. TLS strengthens the assets of children and youth and prepares them to fully engage in learning.”
– Lynda Tredway, Founding Director of the Principal Leadership Institute, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley, and currently with the Institute for Educational Leadership
“This book offers well-designed lessons to teach students important life skills and habits that will help them succeed in school, in relationships, and in life. The authors offer systematic and evidence-based strategies that will help students and educators more effectively manage their stress, regulate their emotions, and establish and maintain positive relationships. This is a valuable resource for educators, human service providers, and professionals who help young people develop strengths to navigate daily life and challenges effectively.“
– Roger P. Weissberg, PhD, NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Illinois at Chicago