PD session at Notre Dame focuses on mindfulness

Faculty, staff in-service features mindfulness discussion and practice presented by noted well-being coach Dave Mochel.

Acclaimed well-being coach and consultant Dave Mochel says this is a really good time of the year to think about what you practice on a daily basis. And what he means specifically is "mindfulness" practice. 

"One of the reasons I love mindfulness practice is because it has many benefits – greater presence, less emotional reactivity, increased resilience and an enhanced ability to make decisions based on lasting values," said Mochel, who is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has given inspirational talks around the world, including at the famed TEDx Talks.

On January 3, at an in-service, professional development day for Notre Dame's faculty and staff, Mochel will discuss a number of topics geared toward those working in academia. 

He says he'll be providing faculty and staff with principles and practices for attentional, emotional, behavioral and social self-regulation beginning with his intro to mindfulness practice.

"In addition, I plan to discuss the neurobiology of attention, perception, conditioning, and practice; self-regulation and choice; cultivation of internal resources; mindful communication, questioning and listening; and coaching," Mochel said.

School faculty and staff will be attending in-service PD sessions January 3 on the NDPMA campus beginning at 8:30 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m.

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For more than 20 years, Dave Mochel taught courses in well-being, leadership, neuroscience, and physics at independent schools in the U.S and around the world. He subsequently founded Applied Attention Coaching and Consulting to help individuals, teams and organizations focus their attention and energy where it will make the greatest positive difference. Using principles drawn from modern research and enduring wisdom, Mochel and AACC offers practices that "build peaceful and powerful lives, relationships and cultures." He has degrees in biology and geology from Williams College, a master’s in humanistic and multicultural education from SUNY New Paltz, and a clinical internship in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. 

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org