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Mindfulness for Social Work - 6 week introductory programme (Microsoft Teams)

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Course Types
Skype/Teams/Online Session
This accessible 6-week programme provides an introduction to Mindfulness for Social Work and will enable you to try out daily mindfulness practice as a 6-week experiment; understand how practicing mindfulness may support both wellbeing and relationship based practice, and develop a greater understanding of local and national mindfulness resources. Note: this course does not teach skills in teaching mindfulness to children or adults.

The course consists of live, 75 minute, weekly teaching sessions using MS Teams, plus self-guided learning with video lessons, mindfulness practice downloads and teaching materials via a dedicated course website. NEW: Video lessons include materials from Annie Bertram, a trainer and parent with lived experience of safeguarding processes. There are two brief reflective assignments with feedback.

Live dates are: Wednesday 26 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June, 23 June & 30 June 2021.

Daily home mindfulness practice is a core part of the course and you will be asked to schedule in 2 x 10 minute daily guided mindfulness practices (at a time that suits you) for the duration of the 6 week programme.

There are two short reflective assignments within the course but this is primarily an experiential programme which will enable you to explore for yourself whether practicing mindfulness is something you would like to pursue beyond this introductory programme.
Start Date
Wednesday 26 May 2021
End Date
Wednesday 30 June 2021
10:00 - 11:15
Learning outcomes
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe what mindfulness is and how it may apply to social work and related roles

  • practice mindfulness through formal meditation, ‘mini-mindfulness practices' and everyday mindfulness activities

  • try out ways of interrupting unhelpful thinking processes so you can be more present and focused in both your work and life

  • consider how developing an ongoing mindfulness practice may help us notice unconscious bias and act with purpose to challenge discrimination of all kinds

  • reflect on the role of mindfulness practice in supporting relational practice and professional curiosity

  • understand the difference between reflection and rumination and how developing the ability to 'step back' from automatic thinking and habits may support critical thinking, resilience and wellbeing

  • access further mindfulness resources and courses

Additional information
Mindfulness is something to be practiced rather than understood through the 'thinking mind' and it is very important that you are able to commit to the 20 minutes home meditation practice for a minimum of 5 days a week. Please consider this carefully before enrolling. Places are limited so we want to prioritise those who are able to get the most benefit from the course.

Close to the start of the course you will receive Microsoft Teams links and an invitation to log-on to the course website direct from the trainer, Susan Kelly. If you have any problems with the site, please contact Susan directly on

Microsoft Teams
You will receive an email with the link for the session nearer the time. Please note that we will need to share your email address with the trainer so that they can send you a link.

If you have Microsoft Teams: 
Open Outlook calendar meeting & click ‘Join’
Select your device camera, and microphone settings and click 'Join'
Wait for the meeting organizer to let you in.

If you DON’T have Microsoft Teams:

Open your Outlook calendar meeting invite
Click on the ‘Join Microsoft Teams Meeting’ link  
You will see ‘Download the Windows app’ or ‘Join on the web instead’ 
Please click on ‘Join on the web instead’ 

If you're using Citrix on a personal device, you should use outside of Citrix, as using Teams directly within Citrix will give you limited access.

This information is helpful if you are unfamiliar with Teams:
Target Audience
Children's Services (B&HCC) / Social Workers
target audience
Course pre-requisites
Mindfulness practice involves intentionally noticing our own thoughts, feelings and sensations we feel in the body much more than we do ordinarily. If you are currently experiencing major life events such as bereavement or serious illness, this course is not suitable. Please discuss this course information in supervision if you are not sure and/or consider picking up your interest in mindfulness another time.
Microsoft Teams, online learning session
Event Trainers
Susan Kelly
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