In this comprehensive online training I will guide you step-by-step through nine modules of in-depth Mindfulness training, all designed to help you effectively integrate Mindfulness into your practice with kids and teens.

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Here's what's covered in each module:

 

1. Mindfulness and Neuroscience for Healthy Brain Development

What is Mindfulness and how do we understand and share it in a kid-friendly way? In Module 1 we will explore:

  • Mindfulness and neuroscience of healthy brain development
  • The simple science of how mindfulness keeps depression, PTSD, anxiety and aggression at bay
  • Playful and practical exercises to explore the mind-body connection
  • How to use the breath as a “remote control” for our minds, bodies and emotions

 

2. Self-Compassion, Appreciation and Relaxation: Focus on Mindfulness for You

Module 2 focuses on mindfulness for you, the professional, in order to maintain presence, manage the stress of your challenging job, and stave off “compassion fatigue.”

  • Why mindfulness will make you a better and happier therapist, teacher, parent and person
  • Presence, countertransference, and decision-making techniques to sharpen your clinical intuition
  • Self-compassion, appreciation, and relaxation exercises to avoid burnout
    • Focusing practices to keep your mind alert, awake and alive
    • Contemplative techniques to keep calm, connected and creative in your sessions

 

3 Managing the Youth Mental Health Crisis

Module 3 will deepen your understanding of what mindfulness is and isn’t when working with kids and families facing a crisis of mental health

  • Why mindfulness, why now? in managing the mental health crisis
  • Accessible analogies to explain what mindfulness is and isn’t
  • How to help kids and families slow down, sit still and single-task
  • Dealing with doubt: whether it’s your own, your colleagues, or the kids’ doubt

 

4 Anxiety, ADHD and Impulse Control: Body Based Mindful Awareness

Module 4 focuses on how to befriend the body as a source of wisdom and healing. You'll discover how to:

  • Help kids integrate their mind and body to maximize health, mental health, and learning
  • Make mindful movement and walking fun, funny, and engaging!
  • Mindful eating — Real world ideas and insights beyond the raisins for anxiety, depression, ADHD, impulse control and more

 

5 Neuroplasticity: Empowering Brain and Behavior Change

The breakthroughs in neuroscience and neuroplasticity validate the power of mindfulness based interventions. In Module 5 we'll look at:

  • Simplifying neuroscience for kids to empower brain and behavior change
  • Mindfulness, mental health and learning. The state of the research.
  • Mind-body meditations to rewire young brains for resilience

 

6 From Resistance to Resilience: Getting Kids Engaged and Excited

Transform opposition and resistance into openness and engagement with the strategies and techniques shared in this module. You'll learn:

  • Practical and effective ideas that will generate buy-in from kids
  • Tips from the masters that will build your confidence when teaching mindfulness
  • How to make mindfulness fun and accessible even to stressed, anxious, depressed and distracted kids
  • Comfortably adapt mindfulness to all kinds of minds, bodies and backgrounds

 

7 Integrating Mindfulness with CBT, DBT, ACT and Play

Build your toolkit for working with all kinds of kids! Module 7 is filled with treatment techniques to apply with kids, beginning in your next therapy session.

  • Empower kids to recognize and work with emotions and impulses
  • Effectively integrate mindfulness into many modalities of therapy including DBT, ACT, CBT and play
  • Explore and practice powerful tools for depression, trauma, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and more
  • Create a clear mindfulness based treatment plan for therapy

 

8 Make Mindfulness Fun! Arts, Games, Sports and More

Explore creative ways to make mindfulness fun by integrating it into the activities they are most interested in and enjoy. Module 8 reveals how to:

  • Bring mindfulness to games for kids who struggle with attention
  • Create your own visualizations with kids
  • Make the virtual virtuous with mindful uses of technology
  • The more the merrier (or mindful-er?): Small group and partner practices

 

9 Mindfulness and Compassion in Action

In this final module, learn additional compassion based-practices, plus ways to cultivate mindful and compassionate workplaces, schools and communities. This module provides:

  • A roadmap for breaking through resistance
  • Strategies for finding time in busy lives for mindfulness practice and self-compassion
  • Inspiring and time-tested ideas for creating a mindful and compassionate workplace, school, or family