Learning To BREATHE
a research-based mindfulness program for adolescents
This book is part of Norton’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Solutions Series which is forthcoming this fall. The book is structured to present, chapter by chapter, important aspects related to mindfulness and discuss their relevance to secondary school classrooms. Since mindfulness is for students and teachers alike, many of the examples used throughout refer to both youth and adults. Chapter 2 summarizes how our stress system operates and how we react to stressors in our lives. It makes a case for why we would want to practice mindfulness ourselves and teach it to adolescents. Chapters 3 through 7 describe features of mindful attention and offer ways to introduce, utilize and practice these competencies. Each chapter includes two vignettes that illustrate how the main themes of the chapter apply to actual teachers and classrooms. The final sections of each chapter contain reflection questions, one or two formal practices related to chapter content, and a set of main points to take away. Chapters 2 through 6 also include boxes entitled “Moving from Theory to Practice” that present practical tips about choosing programs, teacher training, ethical obligations and whole-school implementation. These sections offer key points that teachers might wish to consider as they evaluate the possibility of introducing mindfulness to their students and their schools in a systematic way. Finally, a way to increase the positive emotion of gratitude is offered as the concluding practice at the end of the book.
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Learning To BREATHE
is a research-based mindfulness curriculum created for classroom or group settings. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware of one’s present-moment experience with compassion and openness as a basis for wise action. L2B is designed to coordinate with curriculum standards for health, developmental guidance or other academic areas in secondary schools. L2B versions exist for younger and older adolescents, as well as for college-age/emerging adults. L2B is being used widely both nationally and internationally and has been published in English (2013, New Harbinger) and Chinese (2016, Acorn Publishers). L2B was researched through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education (Institute of Education Sciences) and has been studied extensively in educational and clinical settings. Currently, ten published, peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated its effectiveness, and several more studies are currently underway. L2B has been recognized as one of only four mindfulness programs in the 2015 CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) Secondary Guide that meet research criteria for effective SEL programs.
What People Are Saying
“Learning to Breathe is truly a gem that fills a critical gap in social and emotional learning programs for adolescents. With a deep commitment to helping young people navigate the social and emotional challenges of this developmental period, Broderick has artfully crafted an outstanding mindfulness-based program supported by rigorous research. The program is unique among its peers. Rather than functioning as an ‘add-on’ that places extra burdens on teachers, it has been successfully integrated into existing curricula and meets standards in the areas of science and health. This program is a proven method for promoting well-being and resilience among young people.” Patricia A. Jennings, MEd, PhD
Karen Bluth, Ph.D.
Journal of Child and Family Studies (2018) Rachel G. Lucas-Thompson, Patricia C. Broderick, J. Douglas Coatsworth & Joshua M. Smyth. There is a large evidence base supporting the efficacy of mindfulness interventions in adulthood, and growing support for the efficacy...
Announcing a new study by Joshua Felver, Adam Clawson, Melissa Morton, Erica Brier-Kennedy, Pamela Janack & Robert DiFlorio in the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology. This research evaluated the effects of a seven-session mindfulness...
Congratulations to Julia Mahfouz and the team for their work! In this study, they investigate the experiences of first-year college students with Just BREATHE (JB), an eight-session voluntary mindfulness-based wellness program. We collected qualitative interview data...
Learning to BREATHE (L2B) is a sequenced mindfulness program that can be used to introduce adolescents to mindfulness and its practice. L2B is appropriate for many settings (e.g. schools, universities, clinical settings, after-school programs, residential facilities, etc.). CASEL includes Learning to BREATHE as 1 out of only 4 programs in the mindfulness category that meets their standards for evidence-based programs.
More detail about all the publications, including full text copies, is available by clicking the Short Research Summaries link.
Another link, “What consumers should know about choosing a mindfulness program“ explains the importance of research in program selection for schools, clinical practices or other institutions and workplaces. L2B’s Facebook Page is the place for most current updates about L2B.
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The complete Learning to BREATHE curriculum, including 6 and 18 session versions and free, downloadable supplementary materials, is available from New Harbinger Publications and Amazon. Individual student workbooks for the 6-session version are also available separately. The complete program is also available in Chinese from Big Apple Publishers.