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Mindfulness: Experiences of School Social Workers

Purpose: The purpose of the study is to examine school social workers, working with students in grades 6th through 12th, experiences using mindfulness interventions in their school settings. Research question: What are the experiences of school social workers using mindfulness interventions with adolescents in grades 6th to 12th? Methods: The researcher obtained permission from the CSUN Master of Social Work Field Education Department, to recruit current school social work field instructors. The researcher conducted a focus group interview and asked 11 questions to examine their experiences. Results: The study consisted of three participants (two female and one male) who expressed their experiences using mindfulness in their school settings. Discussion and Implications: Mindfulness has positive outcome in helping student regulate and de-escalate emotions, be self-aware, have self-control, and allowing them to practice mindfulness anywhere. The results found can be used to promote mindfulness in schools.

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