MYmind is a mindfulness-based 9 session parent and child training program that aims to improve focus and concentration, and decreases impulsivity, hyperactivity, and aggression in youth (9-18 years) with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). MYmind has been extended to address stress, anxiety and depression and appears to have a positive effect on social communication in youth (9-18 years) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The parallel mindful parenting training supports parents in their parenting of their child with AD(H) or ASD, by cultivating present-moment and non-judgmental attention for the child, by understanding the world from the perspective of their child, by dealing differently with parenting stress, by becoming aware of automatic patterns of reacting to their child, and by focusing on the reality of the condition of their child and accepting it for what it is. Parents learn how they can support and reward their child's mindfulness training. Also, the training may help parents with their own possible attention and behavior problems, as because of genetic overlap, parents may have a similar condition. MYmind is provided in groups of 6-10 children, depending of the age and conditions, and 6-10 parent (couples). During three of the sessions, parents and children come together, to meditate together and share experiences. MYmind can also be applied for individual families.
Although this is primarily a clinical training, some research elements will be included as well. The effects of MYmind for children with ADHD and ASD and their parents will be discussed.
From this teacher training, participants will learn:
- How to conceptualize ADHD and ASD from a mindfulness framework
- How to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents
- How to work with groups of youth with ADHD or ASD
- How to instruct mindful parenting to their parents
- How to work with children and parents together
- How to do the inquiry with these children and their parents
- How to apply the program with individual families
- How to work with own reactivity as a trainer when challenged
The program has been developed and tested over the last 20 years by Susan Bögels, Esther de Bruin and their colleagues and is found to have profound and long-lasting effects on child and parental psychopathology and wellbeing, on parenting stress, over reactive parenting, the parent-child relationship quality, and family functioning, both in families of children with AD(H)D and autism spectrum disorder.
In this five-days and-one-evening intensive is intended for international child mental health practitioners with a background in mindfulness training and meditation, who want to use MYmind with their families. MYmind is provided by two therapists, one for the child group and one for the parallel parent group. As such, it is recommended to participate in the current training with a colleague, although not required. It is advised to reserve enough time for studying the literature and manual before start of the training, in order to get most out of the training days. The training will be given in English.
In the teacher training the theory, research, but mostly the practice of MYmind is reviewed. Ways of working are:
- 1. Studying literature (theory and research) and reflection
- 2. Experiencing MYmind practices/meditations in the role of a child and of a parent, and reflection upon these experiences (teach back)
- 3. Practicing MYmind practices/meditations in the role of instructor, reflection upon these experiences, and through feedback by the group and teacher further cultivate own skills and attitude
- 4. The inquiry process with children with ADHD and autism, and their parents, horizontal and vertical
- 5. Working with group dynamics: the magic of the group
- 6. Practicing with “difficult” groups/children/parents, and own reactivity
- 7. Watch videos of parts of the MYmind training with children and parents, and their reflections on what they have learned
- 8. Discussing setting up MYmind courses in own context, including intake and assessments
Participants receive a MYmind trainer certificate when having been present sufficiently, having shown sufficient (development in) attitude and skills, having shown sufficient self-reflection in the practices during the training, all as judged by the teacher(s).
- The professional manuals of MYmind for youth with ADHD and with autism, and their parents
- The workbooks for parents and for youth with ADHD and autism
- A reader
This teacher training intensive is for psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, and other (health care) practitioners who work with children and parents. Because experience is the best teacher, we also work with own experiences as a child, parenting experiences from our own family of origin, and for those who are parents, own parenting experiences, and partner experiences. After completing the teacher training intensive there is the possibility to receive supervision about own mindful parenting groups. These supervision sessions needs to be paid separately.
- A master in psychology, psychiatry, counselling, social work, or other health care master.
- Having participated in an MBSR or MBCT training for oneself, at minimum, or preferably having completed a mindfulness teacher training.
- Having participated in a 5-days (or longer) meditation retreat, or the intention to complete this soon after the training.
- Having one’s own meditation practice.
Please note these preconditions clearly in the field of application form. In a conversation with the teacher these preconditions may be checked.