Learning to BREATHE

Learning to BREATHE (L2B) is a developmentally-appropriate, mindfulness-based curriculum designed to be integrated into classroom instruction. It was created by Dr. Patricia C. Broderick, who is a licensed clinical psychologist as well as a certified school psychologist and counselor for grades K–12. The course is designed for adolescents and college-age students.

L2B seeks to build focused attention and emotion regulation, develop prosocial emotions like gratitude and compassion, increase stress management skills, and promote the integration of mindfulness into daily living. The program covers six themes that can be adapted to a 6-, 12-, or 18-session program. Each lesson starts and ends with a mindfulness practice, including an overview of the session and an interactive group activity and discussion.

Teachers participate in a two-three day training that emphasizes demonstration and practice, preparing participants to teach L2B in their classrooms. Teacher resources include outcome assessments, audio practice files, and a workbook that can be personalized.

The 2015 CASEL Guide highlighted L2B in its “Conclusions and Future Directions” section as one of four programs designed to promote mindful awareness that met CASEL’s research criteria and that could supplement SEL programs and may itself have the potential to facilitate SEL (CASEL, 2015).

According to its website, “L2B is designed to coordinate with curriculum standards for health, developmental guidance or other academic areas in secondary schools…Currently, ten published, peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated its effectiveness, and several more studies are currently underway” (Learning to BREATHE, 2019).