Mindfulness refers to the purposeful and nonjudgmental focus on internal and external experiences in the present moment. Extensive research in the fields of psychology, medicine, and counseling has explored the use and benefits of mindfulness-based practice in general. Such research has determined that mindfulness enhances skill development and counselor preparation within the human service professions. Therapeutic and educational settings have thus increasingly embraced mindfulness practices. This exploratory paper posits that the study and practice of mindfulness can be beneficial for both faculty and graduate students in the fields of Mental Health, School Counseling, and School Psychology. The aims of this paper are three-fold: 1. Review the literature on mindfulness-based practices across these disciplines; 2. Assess the benefits of mindfulness and how it aligns with the professional missions; and 3. Outline the contours of a curriculum designed and implemented by the co-authors to educate and train future counselors and school psychologists in mindfulness practices.
Tortolani, Christina Ph.D.; Malatino, Kristin Ph.D.; Holtzman, Elizabeth G. Ph.D.; Kene, Prachi Ph.D.; Brabeck, Kalina M. Ph.D.; and Kunkel, Christine Ph.D.
"Integrating Mindfulness into the Training of Helping Professionals,"
Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice: Vol. 3
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jhstrp/vol3/iss1/5