Christopher Willard, Psy.D.
So many of us know the value of mindfulness and compassion, but how can we make mindfulness really stick beyond the brief time we spend teaching them? This workshop explores best wisdom and research for supporting a mindfulness practice by considering a more holistic model of teaching. Examining all angles, including deepening our own practice and creating a community of support around our clients, we will also examine best practicing for sharing practices together in session and as a foundation for helping our clients cultivate independent practice outside of our time together. Participants should be prepared for an interactive workshop spent adapting and practicing a variety of mindfulness exercises using senses, visualization, movement, games, and more that can be practiced by professionals and clients of all levels of experience.
You will learn how to:
- Practice and adapt exercises for a diverse range of kids.
- Identify a range of effective “buy-in” strategies to inspire practicing mindfulness in the real world.
- Recognize resistance as a roadmap rather than a roadblock to practice.
- Engage systems of care, including schools and families to reinforce practice.
Christopher Willard, Psy. D. is a clinical psychologist and author of multiple books including Growing Up Mindful. He leads workshops worldwide and serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.