The Lineage Project’s 20-hour intensive training will prepare you to effectively incorporate mindfulness techniques in your work with vulnerable young people, whether you work in a school, homeless shelter, foster care, or youth justice agency, or are just interested in learning more. 

We have over ten years of experience providing trainings for schoolteachers, yoga teachers, social workers, justice-system staff, parents, caregivers, youth-serving professionals, and people who are exploring if this kind of work is for them. 

These certificate-granting trainings are offered four times a year, and usually take place in January, April, July, and October (schedule subject to change). Through a partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University, our trainings usually take place on the Columbia University campus.  Trainings occasionally take place in other New York City locations.

“I’ve worked for four years as a Social Worker in a high school in the Bronx. I provide therapeutic support to kids and families with a lot of trauma. In my daily social work meetings, I’ll now often rely on mindfulness methods when working with kids dealing with high emotions. I use mindfulness to increase their awareness of what they’re experiencing and to come to a more relaxed state from which we can approach a difficult issue.” —Training participant Stefanny Andujar, LMSW, School Social Worker, H.E.R.O. High School

OUR TRAINERS

Our trainings are co-facilitated by Leslie Booker (Booker) and Chia-Ti Chiu. Booker is a nationally recognized expert on teaching mindfulness through a trauma-informed, racial justice lens. Booker also serves as Lineage’s Coordinator of Training, and assists participants with logistics. Chia-Ti Chiu is a dynamic teacher and facilitator, with considerable expertise in bringing trauma-informed programs to youth and staff. Chia-Ti also serves as Lineage’s Supervisor of Teachers. 

Our training curriculum includes

“Lineage Project stands out as an organization that uses an anti-oppressive, social justice lens in bringing mindfulness to vulnerable populations. As a Mindfulness Mentor, I travel all around New York City, working in both private and public schools. I train teachers to bring mindfulness into their classrooms, and I also work with youth. The Lineage training was hugely beneficial for me in that it offered a trauma-informed lens for working with people who’ve experienced the trauma of racism, have grown up in poverty, or in marginalized communities.”  
—Training participant Shea Riester, Mindfulness Mentor, Mindful Schools NYC 
  • Mindfulness-based techniques for stress reduction, increasing focus/attention, and emotional regulation
  • Trauma-informed teaching techniques 
  • Cultural competency on issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation,
    and physical ability 
  • Mindful classroom and behavior management techniques 
  • Diversity training 
  • Resiliency Theory 
 

Your training experience

The Lineage training is an active learning experience that meets you where you are. It is designed to support the personal mindfulness you bring to your work, while supplementing and enhancing your teaching skills. 

The training attracts a diverse range of professionals, enriching our shared dialogue. Whatever your professional background, you will find tools within the training curriculum that are applicable to your work with youth. Schoolteachers learn strategies for creating trauma-sensitive classrooms, increasing student focus, and incorporating wellness practices into class routines. Yoga teachers deepen their understanding of culturally responsive language, and how trauma presents itself and can be addressed through embodied practices. Social workers learn to reduce secondary trauma, while incorporating mindfulness techniques into their therapeutic practice. Justice-system staff learn tools to avoid trauma triggers, and develop new strength-based approaches for working with young people. And caregivers learn to identify stressors and respond skillfully to challenging youth behaviors. 

You will practice Lineage’s unique, 3-part mindfulness model, and you will learn to plan and teach parts of this model in a way that is informed by an understanding of trauma and its impact. Working in small groups allows time for all participants to co-plan, practice-teach, role-play classroom management scenarios, and have in-depth discussions. You don’t need prior experience as a yoga or meditation teacher. Drawing on your skillsets and strengths, you will learn to facilitate contemplative group discussions, and play mindfulness games that develop concentration and unity. You will learn to teach simple relaxation techniques, and guide basic movement practices that can be adapted for specific populations. 

The foundation of the training is mindfulness and self-inquiry. Together we create a supportive space in which to bring awareness to issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and class. Exploring our own cultural identity, unconscious biases, and views about difference, is how we develop tools of cultural competence in working with individuals of all backgrounds. We similarly learn about trauma by observing our own somatic response to triggers, while recognizing the broader historical context for traumas such as racism and poverty. We acknowledge the ways in which communities have been systematically oppressed, while honoring their resilience. 

You will leave the training with reinvigorated intention, a bigger toolbox, and a new community of like-minded professionals. 

Training FAQs

Q: Can I say that I am a Lineage teacher once I’ve received my training certificate?
No. You can say that you are a graduate of the Lineage Project professional training. Lineage teachers are defined solely as teachers employed by Lineage Project.

Q: Do I need to be a yoga teacher or have a mindfulness practice to participate in the training?
No. We welcome those for whom these are new practices. 

Q: Will this training guarantee me a spot as a volunteer Lineage teacher?
No, although we welcome experienced volunteers in many areas of our organization, and encourage you to visit our volunteer page to learn more. 

Q: Hotels
If you are traveling from out of town and need a place to stay, we suggest checking out AirBnB.com

Q: Can I miss a day of the training?
No. You must attend all days. The training is an intensive 20 hours and each day is integral to your overall training experience. Key portions of the training take place in small groups, and your absence will also negatively impact your classmates. 

Q: Who comes to the training?
Our trainings are diverse and inclusive. We welcome people of all ages, physical abilities, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and professions, who wish to enhance their work with vulnerable youth.

Q: Do I need to be a yoga teacher or have a mindfulness practice to participate in the training?
No. We welcome those for whom these are new practices. 

Q: What if I change my mind about taking the training after I’ve paid?
Your payment is fully refundable until two weeks prior to the training. After that time your payment is non-refundable. 

Upcoming Training

Check back soon for our Spring 2017 training dates.