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Education Services

Our Recipe for Education 

Education is a cornerstone of the Thought Kitchen mission to support holistic growth and connection for individuals, organizations, and communities.
 

  • Resource for Empowerment: Education empowers us to make informed decisions and fulfill potential. We provide tools to support people as they grow in their personal and professional lives.

  • Cultivating Thriving Communities: Education, like a well-prepared meal, brings people together and fosters a sense of connection and shared growth. We believe that education cultivates significant contributions by encouraging collaboration, innovation, and meaningful conversations.

  • Addressing Gaps and Challenges: Education can help close gaps and overcome obstacles to personal, organizational, and community growth. Our courses are meant to fill these gaps by providing information, skills, and insights that assist individuals and organizations in their growth toward a healthy future.

  • Aligning with Our Expertise: The backgrounds of our team members as lawyers, mindfulness coaches, and public policy specialists enable us to provide unique and relevant instructional content.

Whether you are curious about learning more about mindfulness practices, or you are a professional who wants to support your professional development, we've got you covered with unique, high-quality learning experiences.

Course Offerings...

For Individuals

A common strength of our Thought Kitchen team is curiosity and a love of learning.  We really enjoy learning new things and sharing them with our community!
 

You will find all kinds of opportunities for learning in our offerings.  Maybe you’re interested in exploring a mindfulness-based practice, such as guided meditation, gentle yoga, sound bath meditation practice, guided handheld labyrinth practice, or a chillshop: gentle yoga + sound bath.  Maybe you are interested in digging into topics of personal well-being or professional development and renewal.  Or maybe you’d like to learn more about supplier diversity or how to interact with government.
 

We are constantly cooking up new offerings.  Here are a couple that are available right now:

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Are you overcommitted and exhausted because you’ve said yes to too many things? You’re not alone. Saying no is a key ingredient of clear boundaries and healthy relationships but putting it into practice can be intimidating and uncomfortable. This five-week course will help you build the skills you need to say a wholehearted yes to the things you really want to do and to clearly and kindly say no to the rest.

Small Bites: Saying NO

 

NEW & On Demand

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Without the right tools, even the simplest recipes can become an overwhelming undertaking. Think measuring cups, salt, pepper, spoons, etc. The same is true when it comes to mindfulness-based practices. This free, 7-day course shares our essential ingredients and practices to support your journey to mindfulness and connection. Consider this a standing invitation to cook along with us!

Kitchen Essentials

 

FREE & On Demand

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Organizations, courts, and law firms have brought Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies to the forefront over the last few years with a goal of fostering an inclusive work environment for all. While boosting workplace diversity is important, focusing here alone ignores a critical piece of the DEI strategy – supplier diversity programs that promote an inclusive approach to procurement. After completing this program, participants will have a better understanding of what supplier diversity is and why it is important. They will gain an awareness of related policies, laws, and case law at the state and federal level, including the standard set forth in City of Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co., and they will gain knowledge to debunk the common myths the community of diverse businesses hear the most when trying to work with companies. Faculty: Lesley Crane and Megan Lawson, Thought Kitchen This is an on-demand recording and transcript of the live CLE that was presented on April 6, 2023. The program is approximately 1 hour long and has been approved by the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education for 1 hour of ethics CLE (Course 320407). Please note: This program is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn more about supplier diversity programs. This course is available for CLE credit until April 6, 2024. Cost: Freely offered

Supplier Diversity: The Missing Piece of Your DEI Strategy

 

FREE & On Demand

Legal Professionals

Every single person who works in our legal system is tasked with maintaining high ethical standards while supporting people who are navigating some of the toughest situations imaginable.  As lawyers and practitioners of well-being, we understand the complexities of doing this work while being human.  We believe that professional development and renewal should be tailored to each individual’s specific needs.  Just as each of us has specific dietary needs, each of us has specific educational needs that align with our practices.

Many of our courses are approved by the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education for continuing legal/judicial ethics education credits.  With a commitment to offering continuing education for lawyers and judicial officers that includes substantive issues of law as well as ethics, mindfulness, and well-being, our offerings cultivate heightened self-awareness, empathy, and resilience.  Check out our current offerings below.

Current Offerings

What's on Your Well-Being Menu?
1 CLE/CJE Ethics Credit (Indiana)
 

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Does the thought of attending to your well-being feel overwhelming? Good news-- we've operationalized a framework to get you cooking in no time! Come learn more and earn CLE/CJE in the process. This is an on-demand recording, handout, and transcript of the live CLE that was presented on January 31, 2024. The program is approximately 1 hour long and has been approved by the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education for 1 hour of ethics CLE (Course 337177). This course is available for CLE credit until January 31, 2025. This CLE is freely offered.

NEW  Free & On Demand

Well-Being in the Legal Profession: Oxygen, Aspirin, or Bling?
1 CLE/CJE Ethics Credit (Indiana)

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This CLE is freely offered and co-sponsored by Thought Kitchen and the Indiana State Bar Association's Well-Being Committee. Well-Being in the Legal Profession: Oxygen, Aspirin, or Bling? Discussion about well-being in law is more common now, but do we believe that well-being is essential to our professional conduct (oxygen)? Is it something we attend to when we're already unwell or when our ethics have been questioned (aspirin)? Or is it still considered a "nice to have" (bling)? This is an on-demand recording and transcript of the live CLE that was presented on November 8, 2023. The program is approximately 1 hour long and has been approved by the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education for 1 hour of ethics CLE (Course 330215). This course is available for CLE credit until November 8, 2024.

FREE & On Demand

Professional Identity and Lawyer Well-Being
1 CLE/CJE Ethics Credit (Indiana)

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This CLE is freely offered. Have you ever been introduced to someone and gotten the reaction, “You don’t look/act/seem like a lawyer”? If so, you’re not alone. A quick google search of the word “lawyer” brings up images of people in dark suits in a courtroom (and the occasional image of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.) But lawyers don’t just work in courtrooms; they work in businesses, government entities, nonprofits, and schools. The increased emphasis on lawyer well-being over the past several years has focused extensively on physical and mental well-being, and to some extent on workplace culture, but this is only part of the picture for many lawyers who have found the traditional view of practicing law leaves something to be desired. This session will explore the research connecting the feeling that our work is meaningful with improved well-being, and the panelists will share their experiences of finding meaning and well-being in diverse areas of practice. This is an on-demand recording and transcript of the live CLE that was presented on May 3, 2023. The program is approximately 1 hour long and has been approved by the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education for 1 hour of ethics CLE (Course 322751). This course is available for CLE credit until May 3, 2024.

FREE & On Demand

Small Bites: Saying No
 

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Are you overcommitted and exhausted because you’ve said yes to too many things? You’re not alone. Saying no is a key ingredient of clear boundaries and healthy relationships but putting it into practice can be intimidating and uncomfortable. This five-week course will help you build the skills you need to say a wholehearted yes to the things you really want to do and to clearly and kindly say no to the rest.

NEW & Online

The Inner Work of Judging
9 CJE Ethics Credits (Indiana)
 

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Traditional judicial education has focused mainly on the “substantive” aspects of judging, such as procedure, statutes, and case law, with little focus on the emotional/human relations aspects of judging.  As Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor wrote in My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, “Most of us think of ourselves as thinking creatures that feel, but we are actually feeling creatures that think.”  Ignoring this reality is unkind to judicial officers and detrimental to their professional conduct, especially in the area of judicial demeanor as set forth in the Model Code of Judicial Conduct Rules 1.2, 2.2, and 2.8. Thought Kitchen’s work is grounded in the belief that addressing the emotional experience of judging results in judicial officers who are not only healthier and happier, but who also make better decisions and behave in a way that is more aligned with the Model Code of Judicial Conduct.  This belief is supported by a growing body of research led by professor and scholar of judicial temperament, Terry Maroney of Vanderbilt University.  The course materials also include discussion of 2017’s The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, published by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being as well as 2020’s Stress and Resiliency in the U.S. Judiciary, published in Journal of the Professional Lawyer.

Online

1:1 Boundaries Course
 

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A transformative program that synergizes mindfulness practices with evidence-based coaching techniques. This unique approach empowers participants to cultivate greater self-awareness, emotional regulation, and communication skills, all of which are essential for developing healthy and effective boundaries in their personal and professional lives.

Online

Supplier Diversity: The Missing Piece of Your DEI Strategy
CLE/CJE Ethics Credit (Indiana)

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Organizations, courts, and law firms have brought Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies to the forefront over the last few years with a goal of fostering an inclusive work environment for all. While boosting workplace diversity is important, focusing here alone ignores a critical piece of the DEI strategy – supplier diversity programs that promote an inclusive approach to procurement. After completing this program, participants will have a better understanding of what supplier diversity is and why it is important. They will gain an awareness of related policies, laws, and case law at the state and federal level, including the standard set forth in City of Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co., and they will gain knowledge to debunk the common myths the community of diverse businesses hear the most when trying to work with companies. Faculty: Lesley Crane and Megan Lawson, Thought Kitchen This is an on-demand recording and transcript of the live CLE that was presented on April 6, 2023. The program is approximately 1 hour long and has been approved by the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education for 1 hour of ethics CLE (Course 320407). Please note: This program is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn more about supplier diversity programs. This course is available for CLE until April 6, 2024. Cost: Freely offered

FREE & On Demand

An Introduction to the Brahmavihāras: For Lawyers, Law Students, & Judicial Officers
 

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This course, An Introduction to the Brahmavihāras: For Lawyers, Law Students, & Judicial Officers, is the creative project developed for Jill Carnell's Master of Arts in Mindfulness Studies thesis project, published in September 2021. It consists of seven asynchronous modules, each of which includes a video teaching, formal practice (guided audio meditation), informal practice ideas, written journal prompts, and an online space to connect and share with other participants, all intended to support learning and practice. Module 1: Introduction & grounding practice Module 2: Mettā [kindness] Module 3: Self-compassion Module 4: Karunā [compassion] Module 5: Muditā [joy] Module 6: Upekkhā [equanimity] Module 7: Supporting ongoing practice The reason that Jill chose this topic for her thesis project is that in reviewing the literature about mindfulness and lawyers, law students, and judicial officers, there was quite a bit about the benefits of improving concentration and reducing stress, but very little about the Buddhist psychology teachings of the heart, apart from mettā, kindness. Since the assignment was to find a gap for her project to address, this project arose. Now, in September 2023, Jill has updated it a bit, especially in adding closed captions and including transcripts of audio and video recordings, for re-release. This course is appropriate for anyone who wants to explore these teachings at their own pace. It is freely offered.

FREE  & On Demand

Organizations

We support organizational well-being by offering presentations and group coaching on many different topics.  Our approach to each is infused with mindfulness-based supports and operationalizing steps and practices to support actually incorporating the teachings into real life.  Put another way: We don’t just cook a meal and serve it to you.  We share the recipe, ingredient shopping list, demonstrate techniques, incorporate practicing the technique during our time together, and offer ongoing support, so you can continue to cook for yourself after our session.

Some of our current topics include:

  • Container Building – the process of establishing how we’ll work together, including adopting the Group Agreements, in order for people to feel brave to communicate and to freely express their ideas and concerns

  • VIA Strengths Survey

  • Values Identification

  • Elements of Trust

  • Clear Communication

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Setting, Communicating, & Enforcing Boundaries

  • Mindfulness Tools for Navigating Change, Uncertainty, and Loss

  • Intentional Scheduling

  • Burnout Prevention

  • Putting It All Together: Care & Feeding

  • Chillshop: Gentle Yoga + Sound Bath

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