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Mindfulness with Children and Teens: Proven Interventions in Every Treatment Setting

  • Courtyard Marriott 75 Felton Street Marlborough, MA, 01752 United States (map)

Presenter: Christopher Willard, Psy. D. is a psychologist and educational consultant in the Boston area specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents and young adults.

Clinical Expert Series by the Bridge Training Institute

Description: This practical workshop will focus on adapting mindfulness for individuals and groups, young and old, in therapeutic, educational, medical and other settings. Special emphasis will be placed on getting young people to buy in, as well as on nurturing mindfulness in their daily lives. We will also explore the importance of our own practice, starting or deepening our own mindful self-care. We will also cover strategies for starting mindfulness programs in larger institutions such as schools and hospitals. Special attention will also be given to harnessing the power of technology and social media.

Learning will take the form of lecture, video, case presentations, small group and dyad activities and well as experiential activities and ample time for question and answer and discussion with colleagues. Illustrations and case studies from inner-city schools to leafy college campuses, from Harvard Medical School to teen meditation retreats, bring the instruction to life.

Learning differences, cultural differences, developmental differences, not to mention settings like classrooms or offices all affect how children learn best, and this workshop explores ways to adapt mindfulness, rather than a one-size fits all approach. We will discuss how to tailor techniques to a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, executive function challenges, addiction, impulse control difficulties, trauma and stress.  Different practices will engage different learning styles through arts, sports, games, music, technology and more, for attention spans ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. 

Following this training the participants will understand:

  1. The basic definition of mindfulness

  2. The neuroscience of mindfulness

  3. A variety of mindfulness practices for youth

  4. How to adapt mindfulness to a variety of learning styles

  5. Specific mindfulness activities to address a range of clinical conditions

  6. Mindfulness practices for self-care

Registration fee: $159 per training (includes 6 CEUs)
Register for any combination of 3 trainings are receive $50 off the total cost.

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