New Book Reveals How to Help Students Overcome Trauma and Stress to Succeed in School

In Mindfulness Practices, published by Solution Tree, authors Christine Mason, Michele M. Rivers Murphy, and Yvette Jackson detail how to build compassionate school communities that prioritize high levels of achievement and high levels of well-being.

“Far too many children and adults carry an insurmountable weight of stress or past traumatic experiences that can negatively impact the way that they interact, learn, teach, lead, and live,” explain the authors in the book’s introduction. “Mindfulness is an organic, practical, and accessible life tool that they can use to calm the mind and body and counteract the high levels of stress and trauma associated with school, work, and life.” Mindfulness Practices is conveniently divided into three thematic parts, each part consisting of three individual chapters:

Part I provides foundational information, describing why creating a compassionate and supportive classroom is beneficial while highlighting the latest neuroscience research that supports the recommendations throughout the book. Part II focuses on the “how” and includes information on mindfulness, as well as mindfulness strategies and exercises, including breathing exercises, yoga for the classroom, meditation for students, and cognitive reflection and awareness. Part III focuses on the implications of and procedures for suffusing the practice of mindfulness into academic instruction, while also considering approaches for schoolwide or districtwide implementation. The book’s mindfulness exercises and practices are easily adaptable across grade levels—from prekindergarten through high school—as well as across urban, suburban, and rural school settings. Eric Cardwell, principal of Besser Elementary School in Michigan, gave high praise to the book, stating, “Mindfulness Practices is a pivotal read that outlines the tremendous impact trauma has on the brain and the moral imperative that we have, as educators, to meet the challenge of educating with our hearts and minds.” Mindfulness Practices is now available to order at


  1. What a relief that Enable Scotland have raised awareness of this When it happens to you, you are in such shock you really can’t comprehend what has actually happened My son, when aged 6, was restrained to a chair with a harness because he kept running out fire exits, the said harness was like something Hannibal Lector would wear, and I turned up to pick my son up from school, he appeared with this contraption on, it was for his safety I was told! Training and awareness is crucially needed, consult with the parents and work together to find the best solution to keep our kids safe would be my advise. In the event that a school utilizes separation or disengagement rooms as a disciplinary punishment this ought to be clarified in their conduct arrangement. concentrates on social separation have shown that an absence of social connections adversely impacts the advancement of the mind’s structure.

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