Mindful Teacher/Educator Lunch & Learn Series

Shelley Murphy: Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness for Classrooms

A Black student is sitting with her eyes closed and practicing mindfulness in a classroom setting

Interest in mindfulness practice within school settings has grown rapidly in the last decade. This is likely because there is a growing depth and breadth of research showing the powerful benefits of mindfulness for both teachers and students. However, it is often assumed that everyone has the capacity to engage in any mindfulness practice and benefit from it. A trauma-sensitive approach recognizes that aspects of mindfulness practice can be activating for someone who has experienced traumatic stress, especially if not practiced or guided in trauma sensitive ways. In this session, you will learn about the fundamentals of trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based approaches for supporting safety and stability in practice for both you and your students. 

About the Speaker

Shelley Murphy

Shelley Murphy

Shelley Murphy, PhD, is a former classroom teacher and a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at OISE, University of Toronto. She is an Internationally Certified Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Teacher (CMT-P) and has been a mindfulness educator for over 20 years. Shelley developed and teaches the Mindfulness in Education course at OISE and is the recipient of A Mindful Society’s 2019 Michele Chaban Spirit of Leadership Award for her work and research in the field. She facilitates a monthly Mindfulness Community of Practice For Educators and offers Guided Meditations on the Insight Timer App.  Her writing is featured in many publications including Thich Nhat Hanh’s Happy Teachers Change the World and The Mindfulness Bell. She is the author of Fostering Mindfulness published by Pembroke Publishers.

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