The practise of mindfulness has become increasingly popular over the last few years. With the ever-increasing challenges we are facing and busy lifestyles we rush through life without stopping to notice the world around us.

Mindfulness allows us to pay attention to our thoughts, sounds, reconnect with our bodies and the sensations they experience. Basically it’s about becoming aware of the present and living in the moment, which can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

In a school environment learning has to take place in the moment and often children are unable to focus on the task. So how can you use mindfulness to benefit your pupils?

In this week’s podcast, we’re discussing the use of mindfulness to support emotional literacy with our guest Dr Trisha Waters. Trisha is an educational therapist who began her career supporting pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties. After that she led the MA in SEN & Inclusion at the University of Chichester and is now a director of the Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting.

Listen now to find out how to help children come into the present, help them let go of their worries and improve their wellbeing and emotional literacy as a result.

Resources: (video on home page)

Therapeutic Storywriting: A Practical Guide to Developing Emotional Literacy in Primary Schools by Trisha Waters Research papers:

Video: Introducing Therapeutic Storywriting Groups – (video on home page)

‘Therapeutic Storywriting: A Practical Guide to Developing Emotional Literacy in Primary Schools’ by Trisha Waters –

Therapeutic Storywriting Research Papers –

Contact Trisha:


Twitter: @TherapyStory

Facebook: Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting

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