In this highly interactive and participatory three-hour training we will briefly review the principles of Mindfulness and then we will familiarize ourselves with the Mindful Arts San Francisco (MASF) curriculum, a literacy and arts-based program. Participants can expect to learn how to lead “a mindful minute,” play mindful theater games, use arts activities, implement movement exercises, and incorporate storytelling, and utilize mindful props to teach the principles of mindfulness to youth in kindergarten through third grades.
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!
As researchers and clinicians well know, the therapeutic alliance between clients and clinicians is the best predictor of outcome in psychotherapy. This high energy seminar presents a new, integrative system of mindfulness and positive-psychology-based techniques for enhancing and managing the alliance with the most challenging child or adolescent clients. Dr. Abblett’s system of mindfulness-based clinical communication tools will help you work most effectively, regardless of your technical or theoretical approach, with the top five “difficult” child or adolescent clients.
Physical education and health classes have never had greater potential for positively impacting young lives than now. Our schools, regardless of being under-funded or not, are facing a social-emotional crisis that is not budget dependent. Activities covered in this workshop will be appropriate for physical education classes and coupled with foundational mindfulness principles which meet and exceed the social-emotional standards of PE and Health curriculums.
This skill-based, experiential workshop for educators, administrators and professional support staff explores what is required to design and deliver a Professional Development (PD) workshop that inspires, educates, and supports a viable implementation plan to deliver mindfulness programs in education that: cultivate resilience, promote health and wellness, and create an emotionally balanced and more compassionate classroom and school environment.
Learn fun ways to integrate mindfulness in the preschool/early childhood classroom. Young children are already in the moment. However as children grow older many of them fail to develop more mature levels of self-regulation, impulse control, focus and concentration. By bringing awareness to their awareness at a young age we can strengthen skills that can be used throughout their lives. These skills are essential both in school and life and can be learned in fun and exciting way. Participants will engage in mindfulness activities, specifically designed for our youngest children that will help you create optimal conditions for learning in the classroom.
To be able to fully learn (and teach) something new, we need to first see what is on our minds. In this workshop, we will explore techniques and ideas which offer our students, our children, and ourselves the opportunity to see what’s really going on in our minds and to discover how we are relating to what’s happening. Through this mindful approach to teaching and learning, students are encouraged not only to see their judgments but also to trust their own wisdom. Mindfulness becomes an integral part of the pedagogy itself. This method encourages all of us to look thoughtfully, consider our biases and our perspectives, and to explore new ideas with open minds and open hearts.
with Tara Cousineau Surveys reveal a concerning trend among youth toward valuing achievement, fame, and happiness over kindness and caring. At the same time stress levels among adolescents are at a high, mirroring that of the adults around them. What if teenagers were trained to learn mindfulness and compassion skills for themselves so they could […]
The aim of this presentation by Matthew Goodman and Laila Madni is to discuss methodological issues in the assessment of mindfulness in youth, review available instruments that assess mindfulness in youth, while offering recommendations on use for clinicians, researchers, and others working with specific populations, and offer insight into how to improve assessment instruments and procedures in this population.
Playing and Reality MBSE is a playful learning forum for connecting with our innate curiosity and creativity and developing deeper awareness, openness and caring. Participants will be able to experience an array of exercises (including contemplation, drawing, movement, journaling) which can be used with individuals, pairs, and groups of all ages. No artistic skill or experience needed!
This presentation paints a picture of the current state of research on mindfulness in education. The presentation focuses on the following questions: What are the main research findings on mindfulness for educators and for youth in school settings? How can we responsibly and accurately frame the research findings? In what areas is more research needed?