Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Programme Training Frequently Asked Questions

THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS WILL ALLOW YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR UNIQUE PROGRAMME AND MUST BE READ PRIOR TO YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION FORM BEING SUBMITTED.

WHO CAN APPLY TO ATTEND A MINDFUL MONKEYS® BETTER TOGETHER PROGRAMME TRAINING COURSE?

Parents, teachers, grandparents, childminders, social workers, home schoolers, charity volunteers, coaches, mindfulness teachers, pupil support assistants, early years officers. Effectively anyone with a strong desire to promote connection, empathy, love and compassion within families. There are two options available when signing up for our training Option 1 is suitable for parents who want to gain skills on a personal level and Option 2 for businesses who wish to deliver our Programme directly to the public.

WHY ARE THERE TWO OPTIONS FOR YOUR BETTER TOGETHER TRAINING?

Parents who are looking to gain skills on a personal level to use within their own family should apply for Option 1 – our Uncertified Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Programme training course option. If you are a business or have a desire to start a business and wish to deliver the Better Together Programme to the public in any capacity, including voluntary, you MUST opt for Option 2 our Full Certification and Renewal option. We have created these routes to cater for both parents and people wishing to deliver our content in a professional capacity.

WHAT WOULD PARENTS GAIN FROM ATTENDING ?

Mindful Monkeys® was created out of Lesley’s own desire to learn how her role as a mum influenced her daughter and vice versa. As Lesley did, you’ll learn that growing together and not having all the answers is key to fostering strong connections with your
children. You’ll also learn how to be both capable and vulnerable and still feel able to help their children develop their own set of resilience arm bands whilst still being ok themselves!

WHAT SKILLS ARE WE SEEKING IN THE CERTIFIED MINDFUL MONKEYS® BETTER TOGETHER PRACTITIONER APPLICANTS?

As a business applicant i.e. if you wish to take this training into your school, workplace or community, skills and experience of working with families is desirable in order to get the best results for the families involved. In addition, we will be looking for people who are able to understand their thinking behind their actions and be impartial in stressful situations. Empathy is at the heart of Mindful Monkeys® so an ability to see, feel and understand other people’s perspective whilst not getting involved in their story is key. These skills will be discussed during the application process and our training is designed to help you personally in this area.

WHY IS THERE AN APPLICATION PROCESS?

For those wishing to go on to deliver the programme out into the community, this is essential as we want to develop a really solid and passionate team of practitioners; people who are currently working on their own self-development and are also passionate about children’s emotional wellbeing and family connections. Getting the right personality is
key. Having both a one to one cal with Lesley and also filling out the online application form, every applicant will have the opportunity to make sure this investment is a good fit on both sides. For parents wishing to gain this knowledge for themselves and their own families, we want to ensure we are all working with a similar level of awareness and inner drive for things to be different for our children. We are looking for the same focus from those who choose to become Certified Practitioners..

WHAT DO I NEED TO COMPLETE TO GAIN FULL CERTIFICATION?

Full certification requires reading and agreeing to our Terms and Conditions and Code of Ethics, and then working through the pre-course application process with me, Lesley Fraser, creator of Mindful Monkeys®. You must then attend the full training course and complete case studies with two families within a twelve week period following that training course. Once these steps are successfully complete you will have a Certificate to deliver our Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Programme, assuming registration fee has been paid. See our full Terms and Conditions for more details.

HOW LONG DOES YOUR CERTIFICATION LAST FOR?

The Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Programme Certification is valid for either one or two years depending on whether you pay for a one year renewal or a two year renewal. Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Practitioners must renew their Certificate if they wish to continue to work with the public beyond the expiry date of their existing certificate.

WHAT IS YOUR RENEWAL PROCESS?

Our Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Certification Renewal Process involves Certified Practitioners attending a mandatory annual CPD training event within eight weeks of their previous Certification being awarded. Whether they have chosen a one year or two year certificate this is an ongoing annual requirement and Mindful Monkeys® will offer a number of CPD events throughout the year to enable Certification to be renewed. See our full Terms and Conditions for more details.

WHY DO YOU HAVE A RENEWAL PROCESS?

I believe in keeping Practitioners in touch the latest developments in neuroscience, connection, resilience and to also nurture and support your personal delivery and facilitation skills.

WHAT IS YOUR CODE OF ETHICS?

Our Code of Ethics helps us honour our mission and values and, when you sign up to them, it ensures that the integrity of Mindful Monkeys® Better Together courses, workshops and philosophy stays as true to the original as possible. The golden threads that run through Mindful Monkeys Ltd are Empathy, Connection, Courage, Growth and Fun. To be clear, we’re not looking to clone people, your own personality, drive and energy will just enhance our already robust Programme and help further enrich a brand that is known for it’s integrity, empathy and passion for helping children..

DO YOU HAVE TO BE AN EXISTING COACH OR WORK IN A FAMILY FACING ROLL TO ATTEND?

No you don’t. This course is suitable for anyone who has a desire to take the learning back into their own family. But it is also equally as relevant for people who also want to use their new awareness and knowledge to begin to work or enhance their work with children/families in their own community via your own business, job role or charity or voluntary work.

I ALREADY DO NLP & HYPNOSIS SO WILL I LEARN ANYTHING?

Hell yeh! You will learn how your existing skills can dovetail beautifully into our process and open up further insights into your existing training and how to specifically help our little ones move forward and families to grow.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE MINDFUL MONKEYS LTD® BETTER TOGETHER PROGRAMME’?

It’s a series of weekly workshops held every week for 6 weeks. Each week covers a different topic. Monkey Mindset, Emotions, Mindful Connection, Mindful Communication, Our Superhero Strengths and Developing a Growth Mindset. The content is suitable for both adults and children as the Programme is designed for children and one parent to experience together. This material can also be used during one to one coaching sessions with families. Bedtime stories via MP3 are used along with weekly coaching and learning materials, home learning tasks and online videos to support both the parent and the child(ren). The golden threads that run through Mindful Monkeys Ltd® are Empathy, Connection, Courage, Growth and Fun so everything we do comes from here and the training will show you how.

IS MINDFUL MONKEYS ® BETTER TOGETHER PROGRAMME TRAINING ACCREDITED?

Not yet. We are currently working with CPD Certification Service and aim to have CPD accreditation in place soon.

WILL ALL FAMILIES AND CHILDREN SEE IMMEDIATE RESULTS ONCE I’M TRAINED UP AND DELIVERING THE MINDFUL MONKEYS® BETTER TOGETHER PROGRAMME CONTENT?

As with any intervention, in order for people to see results they need to be fully committed to embracing the change, learning new ways and trying new methods. As a practitioner you can give advice, tools and strategies working closely with families together but ultimately you cannot control every aspect of that family’s life. In my own experience the level of success has been influenced by the parent and child’s level of participation and ability to follow the material during the workshops and at home. I have created an sign-up process that helps ensure this is discussed with the parent prior to committing to the programme/coaching. I will share this with you during our training. This way you have the best possible chance of success all round.

CAN I WORK WITH CHILDREN WITH ADHD/ASD, ATTACHMENT DISORDERS AND/OR WITH ADDITONAL SUPPORT NEEDS?

I have worked with children with all of these recognised traits with good success. I also have personal experience of attachment disorders so the Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Programme is ideally suited for parents/children who are experiencing life through those lenses. I would, however, point out that children will need to be willing to engage in a certain level of active participation so having demand avoidant traits would make the content much more difficult to hit home.

CAN I USE THE MINDFUL MONKEYS® BETTER TOGETHER BRAND AFTER I’VE BEEN CERTIFIED?

Once you have been fully certified as a Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Certified Practitioner you will be able to use the wording Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Certified Practitioner and logo on your website and written marketing material. You will also be able to copy the materials provided as course handouts. Full details are found in section 14 of our full Terms and Conditions.

DO I NEED SPECIAL INSURANCE TO WORK WITH CHILDREN & FAMILIES?

Yes, you need to ensure you have the appropriate public liability insurance in place prior to working with children and families. Mindful Monkeys Ltd will not organise your insurance for you and strongly suggest this is in place prior to your first session.

DO YOU NEED TO CHECK MY CRIMINAL RECORD?

Yes, prior to being certified as a Mindful Monkeys ® Better Together Practitioner you will need to produce a current DBS check or PVG certificate to work with children and vulnerable groups. You will need these certificates and up-to-date checks if you wish to work in schools or other child facing organisations. Use this link from the government website to find out more.

Click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and- barring-service/about
The cost of these checks is currently £25 and is paid separately by yourself and are not included in your training investment.

WHAT OTHER CHECKS DO I NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE I CAN WORK WITH CHILDREN?

The above checks completed by your local government office will ensure you have the correct criminal record checks in place. However, Mindful Monkeys Ltd are NOT responsible for keeping you up to date with the latest legislation and policies. It is solely your responsibility to ensure you are kept abreast of current processes for safeguarding the wellbeing of children.

More can be found in the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland here. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/05/3052

Child Protection in England here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection- system/england/legislation-policy-guidance/

Child Protection in Northern Ireland here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection-system/northern- ireland/legislation-policy-guidance/

And Child Protection in Wales here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection- system/wales/legislation-policy-guidance/

HOW MUCH IS THE MINDFUL MONKEYS® BETTER TOGETHER UNCERTIFIED PROGRAMME TRAINING?

The full price is £795.
Early Bird offers and Payment Plans may be available depending when you book, please see website for details.
Your investment into any of our 2019 Programmes requires an immediate 20% deposit to secure your place.

HOW MUCH IS THE MINDFUL MONKEYS® BETTER TOGETHER FULLY CERTIFIED PROGRAMME TRAINING?

The full price is £1,200.
Early Bird offers and Payment Plans may be available depending when you book, please see website for details.
Your investment into our 2020 Programme requires an immediate 20% deposit to secure your place.

AND WHAT DOES THAT INVESTMENT INCLUDE?

All our training event(s) which runs over a period of 8 weeks.
Electronic copies of all your training materials, worksheets and resources from the course.

Mindful Monkeys® Parent’s facilitated closed Facebook group offering peer support.

For those who undertake the Practitioner Certificate it will also include:

Electronica copies of all Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Programme client facing material required to enable you to work one to one with families and/or deliver our Better Together Group Programme to the public (assuming full certification is gained).

Full online support from Lesley Fraser as you complete your required Certification Case Studies.
Mindful Monkeys® Better Together Practitioner FB Group called Mindful Monkeys Village open to all attendees of our Better Together Programme Certified Practitioners training courses.

I AM NEW TO WORKING WITH CHILDREN/FAMILIES IN THIS WAY, IS THERE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE IF I FEEL I NEED HELP?

There are a very small number of mentoring opportunities available with me, Lesley Fraser, Creative Director of Mindful Monkey Ltd. The openings for mentoring can be discussed on your application call with me, during the training course and up to one month after training has been completed – subject to availability.

I AM INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PRACTITIONER – WHAT NEXT?

THAT’S FANTASTIC NEWS! NEXT STEPS ARE:

– Ensure you have read and agree to our full Terms and Conditions available from Mindful Monkeys Ltd website.

* Make yourself aware of our Privacy Policy regarding your personal information that will be gathered during our application process

– If you have any questions, please set up a call with Lesley via this link: https://positivevibescalendar.as.me/mmbtpractitioner..

– Alternatively, head on over to our online application form here: https://goo.gl/forms/tVmX9dENYXQGj10u1 and once your application has been received, Lesley will be in touch to speak to you personally.

ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL, DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT LESLEY VIA OUR MINDFUL MONKEYS UK FACEBOOK PAGE OR EMAIL CONNECT@MINDFULMONKEYS.CO.UK