with Erik Conklin and Abbey Jones
In this 3-hour workshop participants will:
- experience several games that teach the habits and practices of full presence, and
- be presented with the science underlying the practices. Each game will be first played, followed by a debrief session, and finally guided group conversation to help participants understand the strengths and potential hazards of implementing mindfulness-based game-play in their specific contexts.
Dr. Erik Conklin, M.A., Ed.D., is a public school teacher and was certified at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education housed at Stanford University’s Medical School, and also completed the training for mindfulness facilitation at U.C.L.A.’s Mindful Awareness Research Center housed at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Conklin’s research focuses on the social-emotional and cultural aspect of learning and leading and is a regular presenter at peer-reviewed research conferences; he enjoys translating research into action by presenting and discussing effective work strategies at universities, private businesses, and social service groups in order to help individuals and organizations close the gap between what they value and how they operate.
Dr. Conklin frequently works in public schools with at-risk adolescents and at the University of California, San Diego integrating mindfulness-based practices into the doctoral program for Educational Leadership. His teaching and coaching experience includes working with athletes, students, parents, researchers, teachers, and leaders in athletics, education, and social service agencies. As well, he is the founder of PRISM Leadership Consulting, L.L.C., where he leads a team of mindfulness teachers creating custom professional development workshops for leaders and teams working in businesses, government, and educational settings.
Abigail (Abbey) Jones serves as a liaison between The University of California, San Diego’s Lab of Comparative Human Cognition and the Southeast San Diego community partners that host the UCSD Communications practicum classes. The focus of the research and teaching is on ethnographic research methods, environments for informal learning, digital media-making, and community wellness. In 2014, she designed curriculum for and ran a weekly yoga and social-emotional literacy program for children 4-14 years of age.The curriculum is currently evolving to include mindfulness-based improvisational theater and restorative practices to build skills for creative problem solving for families. She has produced videos to showcase interviews for community reflection, medical student education, and further partnerships.
This role has led to education focusing on trauma-informed yoga and a position working with the San Diego’s Prison Yoga Project. She has also pursued training in the science of leadership, and has joined forces with PRISM, L.L.C., a team of mindfulness facilitators, to provide the improvisational mindfulness component of leadership training workshops in North County San Diego.