All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
Valley View School introduces a new eight-week mindfulness course for students. Adolescence is difficult. A surge of hormones, increased social demands, expectations of greater maturity and personal achievement and fluctuating emotions leave many adolescents feeling as though they are unmoored. What should be a period of growth, exploration and self-discovery has the potential for adolescents to appear as though they have taken a step backward, withdrawing in one moment only to lash out emotionally in another. Valley View's new eight-week mindufulness program aims to help students quiet the mind, identify their emotions, remain in the here-and-now, and eventually "turn toward" previously crippling emotions in an effort to increase emotional resiliency and self-confidence.
For many years, the practice of "mindfulness" has become more and more accepted in the therapeutic community. Efforts from researchers like Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School have effectively researched the benefits of mindfulness in a wide variety of settings. The positive impact of mindfulness on stress reduction, blood pressure, depressive symptoms, anxiety, and chronic pain is well documented.
Valley View School's goal is to assist students in learning to harness the benefits of mindfulness in their academic, residential, social and family life. The eight-week course will identify for each student areas of concern and personal growth. Targeted daily mindfulness practice will teach students how to incorporate a variety of strategies as staff encourage and demonstrate the use of these strategies in real time. As students develop and identify personal mindfulness strategies, it is expected that they will improve in their ability to emotionally self-regulate, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as grow in their self-confidence to "turn toward" those difficult emotions and situations that in the past have been stumbling blocks in their growth.
About Valley View School
Valley View School, founded in 1970, is a private therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12. Our non-profit 501(c)(3) school is located in the central Massachusetts town of North Brookfield. The Valley View Program consists of a comprehensive blend of Therapy, Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities challenging our students emotionally, intellectually and physically. The boys learn self-control and anger management, social skills in order to create and cultivate relationships with peers and adults, while developing compassion, empathy and respect for others and to realize their true potential.