Creative Strategies to Teach Kids Mindfulness for Mental Health with Chris Willard, PsyD
Sunday April 14, 2019 @ 10:00am-11:15am PT
The 75-minute workshop format is designed to give educators access to experts, take a deeper dive into leading-edge topics in Mindfulness in Education, and provide high-impact learning and practice experiences. Join us!
About This Workshop
Join author, psychologist, and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Christopher Willard, for an exploration of mindfulness, mental health, and creativity. Dr. Willard will be sharing proven practices that can be used by parents, therapists, educators and others looking for creative ways to share mindfulness with children. Mindfulness is more than just breathing, and so is this workshop. Participants should be prepared to learn through awareness, movement, games, play, writing, arts, and creative activities for all ages.
This practical workshop will focus on adapting mindfulness for individuals and groups, young and old, in therapeutic, educational, medical and other settings. Special emphasis will be placed on getting young people to buy in, as well as on nurturing mindfulness in their daily lives.
Learning differences, cultural differences, developmental differences, not to mention settings like classrooms or offices, all affect how children learn best, and this workshop explores ways to adapt mindfulness, rather than approach with a one-size fits all approach. We will discuss tailoring techniques to a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, executive function challenges, impulse control difficulties, trauma and stress. Different practices will engage different learning styles through arts, sports, games, music, technology and more, for attention spans ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.
Following this workshop, you will receive:
Meet Our Presenter: Christopher Willard, PsyD
Christopher Willard, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, former special educator and current father based in Boston. Dr. Willard has been practicing meditation for over 20 years and teaching for over a decade. He has been invited to more than two dozen countries to teach mindfulness, has presented at two TEDx events and serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, mindful.org, and elsewhere. He is the author eleven books, including Alphabreaths (2019), Growing Up Mindful (2016) and Raising Resilience (2017).
This workshop costs $49 per attendee. Register here.
How do I join the LIVE event? When you register, you will receive call-in instructions to join the video conference call.
What if I can’t make the LIVE event? If you’re unable to attend the live event, you may still register to access the recording and resources after the event.
Can I receive professional credits? Educators can qualify for 1 graduate-level credit for educators. In order to apply, you must log an additional 14 hours of work relevant to this topic and submit to our crediting vendor, Courses 4 Teachers. More information about this process can be found here.
Cancellations and Refunds
This online event is presented by Mindful Schools as a part of an ongoing Workshop Series
About the Mindful Schools Workshop Series
Mindfulness practice is both a wide and deep path–the current field of secular mindfulness continues to grow and diversify in practice guidance and teaching innovations and in our understanding of research. The Mindful Schools Workshop Series provides you with an opportunity to take a deep dive into a variety of topics delivered by experts, giving you access to the leading edge of what is relevant in the field and allowing you expand your mindfulness practice and teaching.
These 75 minute sessions will equip participants with tools they can immediately implement in their personal and professional lives. Sessions will include a talk, practices, Q&A with the presenter, and a live chat with fellow participants. Followup resources will be provided with a link to the recording, summarized key points, practices to try, and further resources to continue your journey.
Our Workshop Series is appropriate for all levels of experience. We strongly encourage completing our Mindfulness Fundamentals course so you may participate in workshops with a shared understanding of the Mindful Schools practice framework of secular mindfulness. Educators and MHPs may receive credits for the Mindfulness Fundamentals course.