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Mindfulness Based, Trauma Informed Classroom Certified Educator Program

Mindfulness Based Trauma Informed Classroom Certified Educator Program will help you explore how to use mindfulness practices in the classroom with your students, as parents with your own kids and as youth leaders with your group members. These are actual methods that have been tried in Title 1 schools and that actually work from a teacher and former district trauma and resiliency trainer with 25 years experience in the school systems.

The course leads you through the basics of understanding mindfulness, the development of a mindfulness practice and tons of activities for different development and age groupings to use to teach mindfulness, breathwork and meditation in your classroom.  The certification program also includes learning about trauma sensitive classrooms and specific behavior strategies for helping navigate your students and classroom.  Children's yoga from a registered and experienced children's yoga instructor, expressive arts activities and researched based, developmentally appropriate practices that you can integrate into your daily classroom routine and lessons are all included.  

This certification is perfect not only for teachers but for caregivers, day care or nursery school workers, youth leaders, parents and anyone that works with children.

All the Content for Your Certified Educator Credential

  • Introduction to Mindfulness, Breathwork and Grounding
  • Mindfulness for Kids and Adolescents
  • Understanding Trauma Basics
  • Creating a Mindfulness Based Trauma Sensitive Classroom
  • Mindfulness Based Trauma Informed Behavior Strategies
  • Yoga for Kids
  • Resiliency Resources for Adults Working With Children
  • Affirmation and Gratitude: Changing Negative to Positive
  • Plus resource lists and 2 free coaching/consulting sessions for your classroom or team, downloadables, lesson plan sheets, activities, and workbooks.

Work at your own pace, finish when you have time. Start the year off with a toolbox that will help you with behaviors and develop you and your students coping skills. Not your ordinary trauma and mindfulness education class!  All lessons and materials are delivered via your log in at Coursecraft after registration.  No waiting week to week for email delivery.  Guides are downloadable to save or print.  Classroom use permitted.

Suitable for BOTH in person and virtual classrooms!


Cost, Time and Support

  • Cost: 149.00 (Full Program Cost, not just per module)
  • Time: Depending on you. The entire program is around 150 hours.
  • Constant support in the discussion group
  • 2 free 30 minute coaching sessions with Jessica with additional session available at a discount rate.

Why is the price the lowest of anywhere?  Because teachers need this and they spend enough money of their own on their career.  This is our way to support you.   Scholarships are available, so email us at info@mindfulcreativeart.com for more information or fill out the application below.  

The full certification cost is 149.00 and we have a payment plan option of 55.00 per month for 3 months.  If that is still out of reach, please use the scholarship application here.

About Your Instructor

Jessica Waters is our founder and CEO and is our instructor for these courses.  She holds a B.S.ED in elementary education, a M.A. in applied psychology, a C.A.G.S. in Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis in creative expression and a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and Metaphysics.  Additionally she holds academic certificates in fine art, SEL, positive psychology and extensive training and certifications in clinical trauma treatment, youth mental health, addictions, grief, mood disorders, ADHD, ODD/CD and expressive arts therapy.  Her mindfulness training is based in Jon Kabat Zinn's MBSR and the teaching of Thich Nhat Hahn, Sean Fargo, Tara Brach and Deepak Chopra.  She is a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher, primordial sound breathwork teacher (Chopra Center), a HeartMath Breathwork Clinical Provider for Stress and Anxiety as well as Trauma Resilience, and training from Mindful Schools, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Child Trauma Academy, STARR Commonwealth, Dr. Dan Seigel, and others.

She is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and received her training through Steph Ball Mitchell at Yoga and Ayurveda School in Pennsylvania in Vinyasa and Hatha, with additional teacher training credentials in Restorative, Chair Yoga, Yin and Ayurveda.  She received her Accessible Yoga teacher training with Jivana Heyman and the Accessible Yoga, Yoga For All Bodies teacher training from Amber Karnes and Diane Bondy, Y12SR training from Niki Meyers, Children's Yoga training from Nancy Wiley, Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Anxiety and Yin training from Michelle Young at My Vinyasa Practice, Aqua Yoga teacher training from Mary Irby at White Crow Yoga, Grief Yoga with Paul Dennison, various courses in yoga and neuroscience with Kristine Webber of Subtle Yoga, various courses in Yoga Medicine including trauma informed yoga from Tiffany Cruikshank and Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness training with Dr. David Treleavan.

She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist through the Arizona Trauma Institute and has studies with Dr Bruce Perry, Dr. Cathy Malchiodi at Trauma Informed Practice and Collectively Rooted, Linda Thai's Somatic Embodiment, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Peter Levine as well as Dr. Janina Fischer and many others trained in TF-CBT, FFT, DBT, ACT, QPI, Zero Suicide, Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy and FOAT as well as addiction focused researched based and integrated treatments.

She was a teacher in Littleton, Colorado when the Columbine Massacre occurred and began her life of learning how to heal, help, understand and prevent trauma as it applies to both adults and children, in the classroom and out.  She has worked in Title 1, 90% free and reduced lunch school populations with multiple cultures, languages and demographics in both Missouri, Kansas and Colorado.  As a former art teacher, she used expressive arts therapy to connect and create unique experiences reaching some of the hardest students.  She has taught professional development courses and provided both state and local school district workshops at the association, district and site based level for over a decade.  She was the lead Trauma and Resiliency Trainer for her school district and moved into community mental health as a School Based Resiliency Specialist and School District Trainer for a community mental health organization, providing 1:1 services to students as well as training district personnel during COVID in mindfulness, trauma education, behavior management methods, coping skills and psychoeducation.  Additionally, she has provided intensive outpatient treatment to adults struggling with substance abuse.   

Her own personal history includes trauma recovery from chronic, complex trauma using integrated mental health practices, talk therapy and long term treatment.  Everything she teaches has been utilized in the classroom environment and is from a practical, realistic, implementable standpoint.  She is known for providing "usable" and "practical" professional development to K-12 teachers.

  • This is the best training I've ever had in my 16 year career in education. You gave us tools that we could really use. Thank you.

    — Pat, Kansas
  • I feel like I finally have some strategies for not only my students, but for me both professionally and personally.

    — Jenny, Kansas
  • Who'd know that something as simple as breathing can change the entire classroom climate.

    — Susan, Colorado
  • Applying Dr. Perry's and Dr. Greene's work in relatable chunks with mindfulness based practices has really changed my classroom and my students, but also the way I view my position in the classroom as a teacher.

    — Will, Colorado
  • Jessica's been through it. She's lived it. She knows what she's talking about."

    — Abril, Colorado

Recommended Texts:

  • Happy Teachers Change the World by Thich Nhat Hahn
  • The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland
  • 101 Mindful Ways To Build Resiliency by Donald Altman
  • Mindful Arts in the Classroom by Andrew Jordan Nance
  • The Trauma Sensitive Classroom: Building Resiliency with Compassionate Teaching by Patricia Jennings.
  • Relationship Skills 101 for Teens by Sheri Van Dijk
  • Classroom Yoga Breaks: Brief Exercises to Calm by Louise Goldberg
  • Best Practices for Yoga in Schools by Yoga Service Council, Traci Childress and Jennifer Cohen
  • Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field edited by Anrea Hyde and Janet Johnson

Movies:   Room To Breathe, PaperTigers, School of Thought

(These are recommended for deeper understanding and knowledge.  They are great resources to boot!)

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all as quickly as you can or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Due to the digital nature of the product we do not offer refunds for any reason.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at info@mindfulcreativeart.com

Is this all the content I need for the certification?

Yes! The 149.00 covers everything for your certification.

What is the payment plan?

We offer the pay in full and the payment plan option. The payment plan is for 3 payments of 55.00 each month.

Why are payment plans additional?

Payment plans incur additional processing fees and therefore to keep the prices of everything as low as possible they are figured into the monthly cost of the payment plan. You can pay in full and bypass the processing fees if you would like.

What if I want my entire grade level team, school or district to participate in this program?

Wonderful! Contact us and we can talk about how to meet your needs, costs and additional coaching support from Jessica. Since our program is remote, this presents a unique opportunity for districts and organizations that think outside the box for offering professional development to their teachers and employees by allowing it to be self paced and accomplished on their own time, during plan time or during designated staff times. Zoom meetings and specialized videos can be customized for your needs as well. Elements of this program have been successfully led to staff in person and via Zoom/video prior to COVID and during.