Course for MEL facilitators

The MEL facilitator course is a pathway that trains MEL learning facilitators. The acquired skills can be integrated into an existing professional profile or outline a new one as a facilitator of learning.

The course issues a MEL facilitator certificate which is not currently accredited at a istitutional level. The MEL-MET Association has, as its mission, the accreditation of this certificate.

The MEL-MET Association needs to create a network of facilitators in order to spread MEL amongst learning contexts.

Who is it for

The course is aimed at those who want to learn how to facilitate mindful and effective learning. It is therefore suggested for those who want to outline their own professional profile but also to trainers, educators, teachers and coaches who wish, in their profession, to develop skills necessary to promote quality learning in those who learn.

The course will be held starting in September of 2020. Nine modules will be held, one per month, until June 2021. In April 2021 there will be a residential retreat. The other 3 modules will be held in October, November and December 2021.

The training setting is structured in a work group. The training is of an experiential type and the group is facilitated by a coaching approach. Mindfulness meditation is practiced in each module. It is required to cultivate the practice daily during the course period. Meditative practice will be deepened in the residential retreat.

Structure12 modules + a 4-day residential retreat. The 12 modules are held during the weekend with the following hours: Saturday 10:00-18:00 (with a lunch break) and Sunday 10:00-17:00 (with a lunch break). 

Number of participants: group maximum of 8 people.

Expected commitment: 12 weekends, 13 hours each. + 330 hours of individual work.

Homework: after each module homework is assigned  (30 hours of individual work for each module).

Assessment: a pre-and post-course self-report questionnaire will be given to evaluate the acquired skills. A certificate will be issued if 80% of the course has been completed.

Materials: bibliographic references, documents prepared by the coach, videos, talks about the course contents.

Program

MODULE 1 – September 2020
Introduction to mindfulness

MODULE 2 – October 2020
The practice of mindfulness

MODULE 3 – November 2020
Introduction to coaching

MODULE 4 – December 2020
Mindfulness based Coaching

MODULE 5 – January 2021
The facilitation of the MbGC groups

MODULE 6 – February 2021
The characteristics of MEL

MODULE 7 – March 2021
Awareness and attention

RESIDENTIAL RETREAT (4 days) – April

MODULE 8 – May 2021
Emotions and learning

MODULE 9 – June 2021
Motivation and learning

– summer break –

MODULE 10 – September 2021
Learning strategies and techniques

MODULE 11 – October 2021
Facilitation exercises

MODULE 12 November 2021
Diplomas and course conclusion

Trainers

Course trainers are the facilitators of the MEL-MET Association

Requisites

Education in the didactic-educational area, or in the area of education, coaching, counseling.

Experience in meditation practices or desire to cultivate and deepen it.

The desire to foster and facilitate effective learning.

Love of knowledge and of studying.

Selection

The selection of the 8 participants is based on the person’s CV and his/her motivation.

Fee

The cost of the course includes participation, registration to the association and all the teaching material provided.

€ 2800

It is possible to pay with monthly installments.

To apply to participate in the course, request an interview

Send an email to: courses@mel-met.com and you will be contacted as soon as possible!

Or call  +39 3385237105.

Contents of the modules of the MEL facilitator course

Module 1 - Introduction to Mindfulness

The first module is dedicated to the creation of a welcoming and comfortable space in the group and to the presentation of the main topics covered in the course.
In the first module we introduce Mindfulness in all its theoretical aspects. The first instructions on the meditative practice will also be given.

Module 2 - The practice of mindfulness

In this module we will experience formal meditation practice and, moreover, we will do some exercises to deepen and root the ability to be aware in the present moment.

Module 3 - Coaching

This will be the module dedicated to the introduction of coaching. Its origin and fundamental principles: active listening and powerful questions, acceptance without judgement, the definition of goals. The 11 key competences indicated by the ICF (International Coaching Federation) will be studied. Sessions will be simulated. The ICF code of ethics will be introduced.

Module 4 - Mindfulness-based Coaching

In this module we will try to integrate the practice of mindfulness into the coaching session. There is a theoretical part where the indications present in the literature on the subject of the module will be described. In addition, participants will do exercises conducting brief MbC sessions.

Module 5 - The facilitation of MbGC groups
This module will outline the characteristics of group facilitation according to an MbC approach.
Participants will be offered simulations of groups to facilitate.
Module 6 - The MEL characteristics

This module will describe all the features of MEL learning.
It will be a classical training module, in which the topics will be introduced in a theoretical way.

Module 7 - Awareness and attention

In this module the mindfulness practice will be applied for improve learning. It will show how mindfulness can increase attention, self awareness and metacognition in learners. Exercises are planned for the application part.

Module 8 - Emotions in learning

In this module you will explore the emotional aspect of learning. What emotions and emotion physiology are, emotional regulation, emotional intelligence and emotional competence, academic achievement emotions, anxiety management and cultivation of positive emotions and well-being necessary for learning, resilience.
From an experiential point of view, participants will be offered to facilitate sessions of MbGC based on emotional aspects.

Module 9 - Motivation in learning

In this module we will deepen the motivational aspect of learning as a multidimensional construct. We will introduce concepts such as the hierarchy of needs, the perception of the Self, the implicit theory of the Self, self-efficacy, the theory of “achievement goals”, causal attributions, objectives, obstacles to the achievement of academic goals.
From an experiential point of view, participants will facilitate MbGC sessions based on motivational aspects.

Module 10 - Study strategies and techniques

This module is dedicated to study strategies and techniques such as:
study load management, the planning of goals, the quantification of the time devoted to studying, the planning of a study session, the organization of the activities during a study session.
with regards to the study techniques: ” the interleaving practice”, “active recall” and “the spaced-retrieval practice”, “self-testing”, self-monitoring and self-evaluation, the use of questions , reading of a text, processing study contents and logical maps, study sharing.
We will also study the aspects related to memorization: the characteristics of memory and “chunks”, the neurology of memory, the link between memory and emotions, mnemotechnics. Problem Solving and its methods, creativity in PS.

Module 11 - MBGC facilitation exercises

This module will give space to the experimentation of facilitating MEL. Participants will experience facilitating real MEL groups.

Module 12 - Conclusion

The last module concludes the course, focusing on the advantages and benefits of the course.
Each participant will present his/her work.
Diplomas will be awarded.