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A: Understanding the benefits of the program can help you align yourself with others who are interested in and want to teach BrainWise. The BrainWise program creates a common language of fundamental concepts, called the 10 Wise Ways, that allows for more effective communication among participants and teachers. Other tangible benefits include successful conflict resolution and the reduction of class disruption. The BrainWise curricula are scripted - a design that allows instructors to teach them successfully without special training. BrainWise training packages are available for those who want guidance in teaching the program.

Here are some suggestions for successful adaptation of BrainWise:

  • Unless you have enthusiastic buy-in from all of the people who will be teaching it, introduce BrainWise using only the individuals who want to teach the program.
  • Insert the BrainWise language into your vocabulary. Even people unfamiliar with the program will quickly pick up on using the "wizard brain" vs. the "lizard brain," the constellation of support, red flags and exiting the emotions elevator. They also will connect the terms with tools that help people to stop and think.
  • Encourage students or participants to assess and analyze all problems -- those that happen to others and themselves -- using BrainWise's ten thinking skills. Have them apply the 10 Wise Ways to problems not only related to school or work, but to problems at home, in history, the media and world events.
  • If working with children and youth, involve other faculty or staff by making a short presentation telling them how you are using the 10 Wise Ways. Make them aware of the language and concepts so they can reinforce it with the children. They may even catch the enthusiasm generated by BrainWise advocates and start using the program!
  • Teach BrainWise to parent or family groups outside of school or the work setting. You will reinforce the concepts and provide families with skills to make smart choices.
  • Encourage participants and program graduates to teach BrainWise to others.

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