with Bruce Neustadter When teaching teens, it is critical that we address our individual biases. These biases impact our ability to meet teens where they are in the moment. We will look at how we influence youth with our own thoughts, judgments, and desires in an effort to direct awareness and presence. We will explore […]
The following workshops are included in the price of your conference registration. We will be adding to this list daily as presentation details become available. We look forward to your joining us!
with Argos Gonzales When bringing mindful awareness practices to youth, there is a huge potential for inquiry, social justice, and change. This session will explore ways educators can incorporate mindfulness into their work and how it can provide a practical and structured way to disrupt the ways we habitually look at the world, see ourselves, and […]
with Laila Madni, Psy.D. Overview: This presentation will provide a survey of recent literature targeting the state of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in samples of clinically symptomatic youth. Primary focus areas: This presentation will deliver an overview of efficacy for various clinical symptomology, and discuss challenges of implementation in clinical samples. It will also provide suggestions, addressing […]
with Fiona Jensen This workshop will explore important questions for public school based mindfulness programs. In October 2015, Calmer Choice began navigating challenging waters created by a concerned parent (and school committee member) who very publicly articulated concerns regarding mindfulness being taught in public schools. The specific concerns involved First Amendment issues regarding the separation […]
Allison Morgan and Jill Horbacewicz We examined the effects of incorporating short breaks of breath, movement and mindfulness in the classroom with EDUCATE 2B (ED2B), on the motor development, social/emotional learning and behavior of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Twenty participants (18M, 2F) with ASD in grades 2-6 were recruited from 4 classrooms (2 classrooms […]
It’s hard to be a teen today! Fortunately, we have the potential of mindfulness and self-compassion to support the full metamorphosis of adolescence. In this 90-minute breakout session, participants will practice and contact their own internal fountain of self-compassion, in order to embody/embrace even more tender heartedness with the teens they care for. Mindful awareness, self-kindness, shared humanity, and the willingness to act to relive suffering will be explored experientially and in the context of challenges unique to teens. We will examine the developmental opportunities awaiting teens, and how to meet them with less suffering, and greater ease. Come for the teens in your life, stay and grow for yourself!
Please check back soon for full details of this workshop with Bruce D. Gill.
New strategies and ways to modify teaching mindfulness to special populations will be explored and practiced through group discussions and activities. Through this interactive and experiential workshop, we will deepen teachers’ understanding of sensory, communication and physical limitations as well as teach creative ways to use various modalities and tools to aide in students’ ability to practice mindfulness. We will begin by exploring our own biases and intentions, assessing individual needs, creating a safe environment in which trust and rapport are established for the whole group/classroom.
Mindfulness and the trauma-informed classroom complement each other as modalities to reach children at their most vulnerable, while being neurologically sound. Experiences of trauma affect normal development, interrupts learning, and affects how the child is available for learning. In this workshop, April Prescott will share results of applying a trauma-informed approach with Mindfulness within my classrooms of children with special needs including those with a history of trauma. These are complementary practices, and can be applied in the classroom effectively. In this workshop, attendees will learn about trauma and mindfulness and take part in practical applications towards the classroom. Focus will be given to early education with adaptations towards older children.
Dealing with resistance from youth in learning mindfulness can often be a challenge for well-meaning mindfulness instructors. Whether it’s the fifth grade girl who giggles in the back of the classroom, the 6th grade boy who can’t sit still, or the openly defiant 19 year old who thinks it’s all a bunch of “crap” and is happy to say so to anyone who is within earshot, knowing how to work with these students is an art. In this breakout session, a panel of experienced mindfulness teachers will share their expertise through role play, discussion of the “tools of the trade,” and more. Panelists include Karen Bluth, Sam Himelstein, Lorraine Hobbs, J.G. Larochette, Amy Saltzman, Dzung Vo and Tawanna Kane.