NNC CONSULTING: KEEPING OUR SPACES SAFER IN OUR ONLINE OFFERINGS IN MINDFULNESS
The world is in high gear in online offerings, whether for professionals, clients/patients, or general public. Mindfulness is increasingly being offered in this space, too. But “on-site” does not translate seamlessly to “online”: How do we keep this “container” safer?
It can be unsafe for those who become triggered into such difficult emotions from an insight that arrives without warning and can shut a person down emotionally or rev them up into agitation. It may not just pass in a short time, or on its own: A visit to a therapist may be needed. We cannot predict the impact we may have through a meditation given with compassion, a presentation we are sharing with passion, or a discussion which seems engaging and exciting.
Mindfulness practitioners have a sense of what might be triggering and what may be frankly unsafe in online public forums, therapeutic groups, and “drop in” formal practice sessions open to anyone. Safety, however, may be a new consideration for those organizing such events.
There are strategies to keep audiences safer, such being well-trained as a facilitator, aware of trauma-informed languaging as a presenter, registering participants even for public forums, and obtaining insurance to protect those delivering these well-meaning offerings.
At NNC, we can help review what is planned and advise on how to increase safety.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORPORATE AND GROUP HEALTH CARE
MINDFULNESS-BASED CHRONIC STRESS MANAGEMENT
Building Stress-Resilience and Wellness, Improving Function and Well-Being
Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM) is a parallel course to the long-standing pain curriculum. It is, therefore, “trauma-informed” in design and fully teachable by facilitators trained to lead the MBCPM™ courses. Course materials include an MBCSM workbook and alternative download meditations that replace the meditations customized to the pain course, though the Nature, Sleep, and Room meditations remain the same. It has the same 3 Modules of the pain course:
Module 1: Introduce tools to increase wise-mind and resilience;
Module 2: Enhance the mind-body connection and self-nurture; and,
Module 3: Enhance relationship skills in a broad context.
MINDFULNESS-BASED CHRONIC STRESS MANAGEMENT (MBCSM) DOWNLOADS
These downloads of meditation practices have been created to accompany the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management course. An added bonus is the poetry, which can be used to encourage thoughtful discussion during this course, two of the poems helping with the concept of being mindful (Download 1) and two poems to shed light on the formal practices of body scan and guided imagery (Download 2). Alumni of the pain version of our courses will appreciate having these meditations, too. Music plays quietly behind the introductions and the poetry. It is not used in the formal practices: Music being a distraction from simply being open with awareness to whatever arises during the guidance.
ALUMNI MINDFULNESS MATTERS MAINTENANCE
Alumni of the MBCSM courses can join a weekly drop in Mindfulness Maintenance Drop-In Class (see CONNECT section of this website) if one is located near them, or established in their workplace, or via Zoom from home or office with the NNC team’s weekly series.
LUMINA LEARNING SERIES: SPARK, LEADER, TEAM, SALES, TALENT, EMOTION, 360
These customized corporate courses are ideal add-ons to the mindfulness courses and workshops for any corporation and have proven their worth in clinical patients in improving relationships at home and at work (and, our research showed, reducing pain in chronic pain conditions). Patients have given feedback that it was important to do the mindfulness work first to provide greatest benefit, though Lumina Learning is in corporations as a stand-alone: And, we believe, improves on older courses such as True Colours, Insights, and Myers Briggs.
The Lumina Learning courses have great corporate benefit, promoting more productive and happier workplaces. The courses are fun and illuminating. Course materials include a binder which describes the participant’s own characteristics (from doing a prior on-line questionnaire) and how they change under conditions of relaxation, normal workday, and heightened stress. Knowing the interplay of personalities enhances relationships, creating more skillful respectful interactions.
NNC now offers Lumina Spark, Lumina Leader, and Lumina 360 to corporations and workforces wanting Lumina as their team building and leadership tool within their organizations. Lumina is the latest generation of such tools and is aligned with Jung’s school of psychology, providing insight in how our characteristics shift under our underlying, every day, and over extended conditions experienced by us all in our day to day lives. This tool assists in strategies to work well with others, regain our composure during challenging times and understand our unique strengths we can leverage in achieving team objectives. “Blending” our differences can be our team’s (or family’s) strength.
Usually taught over a one-day period (half day is possible), it is best to provide regular updating sessions to keep the benefits of this fun and illuminating work alive.
From an alumnus who took Lumina Spark in 2013:
“Upon first hearing of Lumina Spark, past corporate trainings such as Myers-Briggs or other personality-Type/Psychometrics training sessions they may have attended in the past came to mind. What follows is my attempt at a comparison:
Many of these courses are geared toward one’s “working style” or “at work persona” and, I found, offer little insight to one’s critical family and social styles. Having worked most of my career in a corporate world I found these corporate offerings useful. They helped by giving folks a common terminology, insights in bringing out their best, and how to truly benefit from the diverse styles and backgrounds within the team.
Stepping into Lumina Spark I was expecting another similar product. What I found most beneficial was the very detailed profiling of the various “personas” or “modes” we operate within during our daily lives away from work as well: how we operate at work vs. how we act with family or friends vs. how we truly feel inside about how we are perceived. Lumina Spark helped me profile at least 3 of my personas and understand previously unrecognized differences between them, and at times, internal conflicts between them.
So as much as Lumina Spark could be applied to a work or corporate setting, to me it seems to be somewhat unique by providing methods to resolve internal conflicts between our various personas, putting one’s mind at ease. Interpersonal relationships are usually a significant stressor on our lives and this tool does seem to help with this a great deal. Having identified a direct link between pain and stress Dr. Jackie takes it one step further by leveraging her years of experience and customizing the courses to the everyday needs of those of us experiencing chronic pain. The results are surprisingly effective.
We offer customized courses for staff of corporations.
For more information, contact our office at 416-461-4333 or send an email to email@example.com.
MINDFULNESS PROGRAM CONSULTING SERVICES
We offer consultation advice on the setting up of trauma-informed mindfulness programmes for the beginning facilitator, for the institution or business, based on the 15 years we have been evolving our programmes in Canada.
We assess your goals and the culture of your institution prior to preparing a report or giving verbal advice and mentoring through your process.
Chronic pain/Stress sufferers are a challenging population and have taught us much about the implementation and research of such a program as ours. We can advise best on pain populations, but we can offer help in implementing mindfulness courses for other populations, based on our experience. We can help with a selection of the following:
- Reaching out and marketing to clinical populations;
- Percentages of referrals from health care providers who accept the program, attrition rates, and outcomes;
- Team composition required to run mindfulness programs;
- Assessment of outcomes, questionnaires, and their application;
- Setting costs of courses and the influence of cost on characteristics of the population attending;
- Setting guidelines for program participants;
- Systems for recording and retrieving attendance;
- Systems for storing referrals, managing intake and outcome data;
- Generating curriculum;
- Writing and recording guided meditations;
- Generating customized materials;
- Acquiring meditation supplies and their costs;
- Selection and training of new facilitators – setting cost of training, and percentage expected to go on to teach the courses;
- Mentoring new facilitators;
- Accrediting or certifying facilitators and co-facilitators;
- Partnering with academic institutions;
- Ensuring fidelity and congruence of curriculum and importance/relevance;
- Relating to parent institution of the programs;
- Developing alumni programs;
- Designing research to test the program;
- Establishing a volunteer program to support courses;
- Volunteer guidelines;
- Designing customized space for teaching mindfulness and for training facilitators;
- Establishing a system for allowing facilitators in training to audit programs;
- Using distance education to deliver mindfulness remotely – pros and cons and training for such facilitation;
- Establishing a maintenance program; and,
- Acquiring insurance.