Friday, February 26, 2016 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (lunch break 12:00 pm-1:30 pm)
Optional Workshop A
As the field of mindfulness and youth expands with ongoing publications, in the field youth workers are still left to figure out how to effectively facilitate mindfulness for high-risk youth in a competent and effective way. What most research articles and clinical publications won’t state outright is that who you are and how you relate influences to a large degree how receptive high-risk populations will be to mindfulness. More than their non-high-risk counterparts, high-risk youth deal with: drugs, violence, and trauma, to name a few. Getting young people to trust you as a facilitator and “buy in” to what you have to offer takes both authentic presence and strategic awareness. This daylong training will focus on a “Relational Mindfulness Pedagogy” that encompasses strategic awareness of the development of an authentic and mindful relationship alongside the development of self-awareness for high-risk youth. Strategies for promoting authentic engagement in relationship will be presented along with innovative mindfulness exercises in a language relatable to youth. Attendees can expect to walk away from this daylong with both a sound philosophical framework and concrete strategies to engage high-risk youth in a mindfulness-oriented lifestyle.