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Child’s Mind: Bringing Mindfulness Into Clinical Work with Children, Teens and Families

May 10, 2014 09:00am -
May 10, 2014 04:30pm

Event Description

Chris Willard,Psy.D., instructor

Join author and psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard in this daylong workshop for professionals interested in bringing mindfulness to their work with young people.  Dr. Willard will be teaching proven practices that can be used by therapists, educators, caregivers, clergy, medical professionals and others who want to teach mindfulness to the young people with whom they work in a range of settings. The first part of the day will be dedicated to clarifying definitions of mindfulness and the exciting neuroscience underpinnings of these practices. Participants will then turn to exploring mindfulness in ourselves, practicing and experiencing these exercises.  The later part of the day will focus on teaching mindfulness to young people, engaging and nurturing their practice in and outside of therapy.  Dozens of experiential mindfulness practices will be woven into the day, which will also include ample time for questions, case discussion, group discussion, dyad activities and opportunities to network.  Participants should be prepared for a fun day spent practicing a variety of mindfulness exercises including awareness, movement, games and expressive activities that can be practiced by young people and adults alike. Beginning and experienced meditators are all welcome.

Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:

·         Describe the scientific research and rationale behind mindfulness practices in a clinical setting

·         Demonstrate specific mindfulness practices that can be taught to young people

·         Explore specific mindfulness practices to help with stress and enhance clinical presence

Program Code: CM65 
6 CE Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton

Christopher Willard, Psy.D., is a psychologist, psychotherapist and educational consultant in the Boston area specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents and young adults. He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years, leading workshops around the world, including at The American Psychological Association annual convention, The Harvard Medical School Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference, and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, where he teaches in the core faculty and facilitates the Buddhist Psychology Lecture Series. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times, cnn.com, and elsewhere. He has written or edited multiple articles books about teaching mindfulness practices to children and adolescents, including the acclaimed Child’s Mind.


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Innovators - Clinical Practice
Early registration ends on Mar 17, 2014.
Regular registration starts on Mar 18, 2014 and ends on Apr 29, 2014.
Late registration starts on Apr 30, 2014.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Child’s Mind: Bringing Mindfulness Into Clinical Work (CM65)
Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00
Non-Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00

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