Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an effective way to combat stress and promote wellness.
Broadly defined, mindfulness is bringing one’s attention to the present moment, and acknowledging thoughts and feelings without judgment and with loving-kindness.
A growing body of research shows that mindfulness promotes improved attention, emotion regulation, stress and anxiety reduction, and greater compassion in adults and children.
BTI Founder Norma Neumann-Johnson has been incorporating mindfulness and brain research into education since 2006, when, as the school principal, she had her school social worker begin integrating it into student activities at Breakthrough Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut.
BTI’s courses reflect her experience, her training as a Certified Mindfulness Instructor by Mindful Schools of Emeryville, CA, and also the latest brain research by Dr. Dan Siegel, and restorative discipline strategies of Dr. Ron and Roxanne Claussen.
"The discourse that takes place with my students and even within my family has changed. I take a step back and assess the situation and approach the conversation in a way that allows for the other person to be 'heard,' their feelings acknowledged and we then work on compromises. The Mindful/Restorative Discipline Course, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, allows us to build bonds and connections with others through compromises and working together."
- Educator, Hartford, CT, participant in BTI's course, "Teaching with the Brain in Mind"