Friday, February 26, 2016 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Surveys are finding that our young people are more stressed and struggling with mental health issues than ever before. Whether it be the college race or chronic oppression, our children are busier than ever, with fewer resources for managing than ever before. And yet just as our culture becomes more distracted, we see a rise in mindfulness and compassion-focused interventions as the antidote. This movement bridges arts and science, east and west, mental health with education, public health and social justice. Yet how can we continue to ride and lead the wave of mindfulness and compassion as it enters into the mainstream, facing questions about culture, authenticity, integrity, science and the inevitable backlash if it becomes just another buzzword? And how can we build resilience, in our children, in ourselves, and in this movement to make it truly sustainable and accessible to all?
In this presentation, participants will learn about:
- Building resilience in a challenging world
- Transforming the stress response from Fight/Flight to Attend/Befriend
- Stress as a means to progress, not regress
- Creating access to mindfulness as a public health intervention and social justice issue
- Adapting practices to ages, learning styles, cultures, mental health issues and more
- Setting the intentions as a “leader-full” movement to move toward the future
Christopher Willard, Psy. D. is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults. He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) and three other books on contemplative practice. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.