Body Awareness for Mental Health Online Course
Author: Erica Hornthal
This web-based, five-module course features author Erica Hornthal, a licensed clinical professional counselor and board-certified dance and movement therapist. Hornthal introduces each module on video and provides the text, downloadable application activities, self-reflection or group-discussion prompts, and brief knowledge-check quizzes to provide evidence of learning. Assessments are automatically graded in HKPropel, and participants receive immediate feedback on whether each response is correct. Once teachers complete the interactive modules, they can take a course-ending exam and download a certificate of completion to submit to their administrators for professional development credit. The course is worth three contact hours.
The 30-minute modules focus on these topics:
- What a body scan is and how to make it a regular practice
- What body mapping is and how to deepen awareness of one’s emotions
- How emotions present themselves as felt sensation in the body
- What directions of movement are and how to explore connections with self, others, and the environment
- What a movement profile is and how to identify the qualities of movement
- How to reinforce the body–mind connection
The Body Awareness for Mental Health Online Course can be delivered in multiple ways—through a half-day professional development workshop facilitated by the school district or through self-paced and self-facilitated study by small groups or individuals. It provides easy-to-implement strategies to help staff, teachers, and students begin to recognize the ways that stress and tension show up in the body and how to better process stress and emotions through movement.
While the course is perfect for school districts that don’t have the budget or time for in-person professional development, districts also have the option of adding to their teachers’ learning experience by purchasing one or more virtual visit hours with Hornthal to hear and learn firsthand from the author.
Enhanced Mental Health
Through the Body Awareness for Mental Health Online Course, teachers can learn how to educate their students about body awareness, lead them toward enhanced mental health, and apply some of that knowledge to their own self-care, improving their own mental health in the process.
AudienceProfessional development resource for K-12 district coordinators, health and PE coordinators, K-12 health and PE educators and specialists, and classroom teachers.
Module 1 The Body Scan
Module 2 Body Mapping
Module 3 Directions of Movement
Module 4 Your Movement Profile
Module 5 Movement Prescriptions
Optional Survey to Complete
About the Author