with Lee-Anne Gray
Unprecedented challenges face youth today. From bullying, school pressures, body image concerns/obesity, and substance abuse to more systemic problems like, poverty and racial/ethnic/gender/sexual discrimination – it’s hard to be a teen today! Fortunately, we have the potential of mindfulness and self-compassion to support the full metamorphosis of adolescence.
In this 90-minute breakout session, participants will practice and contact their own internal fountain of self-compassion, in order to embody/embrace even more tender heartedness with the teens they care for. Mindful awareness, self-kindness, shared humanity, and the willingness to act to relive suffering will be explored experientially and in the context of challenges unique to teens. We will examine the developmental opportunities awaiting teens, and how to meet them with less suffering, and greater ease. Come for the teens in your life, stay and grow for yourself!
Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist and a P21 educator. She is certified in EMDR, a trauma treatment, as well as a national speaker in self-compassion, mindful awareness, assessment, special education, and gifted individuals. As the president and CEO of The Connect Group, she currently serves the global educational community with innovative professional development seminars in empathy, compassion cultivation, Design Thinking, and transformational coaching. Prior to this, Dr. Gray was supervising psychologist at the largest special education nonprofit organization in the nation. She also enjoyed a thriving private practice where she used EMDR to promote peak performance in students, families, professional athletes, and high-performing executives. Dr. Gray is formerly an instructor of Psychology of Gender in the Departments of Psychology/Women’s Studies at UCLA. She is also a contributing author to Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect: On the Lives and Education of Children, where she discussed Educational Trauma and Empathic Education for a Compassionate Nation (EECN ). Along with young people as equal participants, Dr. Gray co-designed EECN to promote co-learning and mitigate Educational Trauma. EECN is a democratic educational model, shaped by Design Thinking, and piloted as The Connect Group School. The Connect Group School is an example of students practicing self-compassion as one way of addressing Educational Trauma. Dr. Gray’s latest book, Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities and Practices to Cultivate Kindness, is enthusiastically endorsed by Tara Brach, Christopher Germer, Kelly McGonigal, and others. It is a collection drawn from her work with teens at The Connect Group.