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Mindfulness international conference January 27, 2014

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Education.
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We have been alerted to an interesting new conference being held in March at Loughborough University in the UK.

Mindfulness: An International Conference for Schools is being organised by Dr Anthony Seldon, the Master of Wellington College on Wednesday March 12th.

Further details below, from the conference organisers.

Mindfulness or meditation has been shown to be an invaluable tool which can be learnt by young people whilst still at school.  It boosts concentration, depth of thought, happiness and achievement.  It is the most simple and natural technique to learn – indeed it is not really a technique at all.   It is all about being yourself, making the most of yourself, and making the most of the opportunities that life present to you.  It promotes trusting relationships, healthy living and psychological and emotional security.  This conference will demonstrate the value and methodologies of mindfulness.

Dr Anthony Seldon, the Conference Director, describes the growth of depression and anxiety amongst young people as a looming crisis in our schools, affecting those in our classrooms, our common rooms and amongst the parent body.

Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that can help you change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety. It involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings in a way that increases our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise decisions.

There is increasing research to show that mindfulness-based courses, particularly mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) are effective interventions for a broad range of health problems. Mindfulness interventions have been shown as effective for recurrent depression, reducing relapse rates and anti-depressant usage and for reducing anxiety. Research also shows that perceived stress decreases following participation in a mindfulness intervention.

Speakers include: Dr Colin Wilson MBBS DPM MRC – Consultant Psychiatrist; Professor Tamsin Ford – Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Exeter University; Paul Jackson FPEA – Director of Education SATIPS; Christopher Cullen – Teacher at The Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford and Co-founder of Mindfulness in Schools; Professor Katherine Weare  – Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton and Hon.Visiting Professor, Exeter University; Dr Mark Williamson – Director of Action for Happiness; Dr Anthony Seldon  – The Master, Wellington College and  Founder of Action for Happiness.

Contact Paul Jackson for further information: eajackson22@hotmail.com or 07932 111757

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