50 Mindfulness Techniques for Children & Teens – Christopher Willard

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Give kids tools to recognize and work with their difficult emotions and impulses
Promote mindfulness practice outside the clinical hour
Techniques to engage the most resistant and reluctant kids
Adapt mindfulness exercises to all kinds of minds
Use technology to support practice
Mindfulness to complement play, CBT, expressive, dynamic and other therapies
Techniques for challenges at home, the classroom, performances and social situations

Discover proven techniques for depression, ADHD, anxiety, anger, acting out, trauma and more. Mood boosters for depression include movement such as mindful walking, mindful yoga, and mindful qi-gong. Proven practices for ADHD, executive function and impulse control disorders include “urge surfing,” “STOP,” “SLOW”, “SIFT” and more. Skills to soothe trauma and anxiety like “seeking stillness,” “touchpoints,” and “four elements” practices will be taught and practiced as a group. We will practice skills that build emotional and social intelligence, including mindfulness of music, listening and body awareness exercises.

Mindfulness is more than just breathing, and so is this workshop. Participants should be prepared for an experiential day practicing a variety of mindfulness techniques including awareness, movement, games, play, and creative/expressive activities that can be practiced by young people and adults alike. Special attention will also be given to harnessing the power of technology and social media. Learning will take the form of lecture, video, case presentations, small group and dyad activities as well as experiential activities and ample time for question and answer and discussion with colleagues.

Join author and psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard in this engaging workshop! He will share personal and professional anecdotes from his experience as a working psychologist from inner-city schools to college campuses, from Harvard Medical School to teen meditation retreats. This workshop inspires, but more importantly empowers you with the tools you need to offer mindfulness practices to young people in practical yet engaging ways.

Communicate effectively definitions of mindfulness in a clinical setting.
Formulate research based rationale for using mindfulness based interventions.
Explore the basic research underlying mindfulness based treatment approaches
Investigate simple principles of neuroscience and physiology as it relates to stress and mindfulness
Apply mindfulness and related techniques in and out of sessions.
Design mindfulness-based treatments that are tailored to impulse control.

Mindfulness: What’s all this “nothingness” about?
It’s not just breathing. What mindfulness is, and what it isn’t
The stress response on development, learning, and mental health
Harness the healing power of mind-body relationship
Give kids tools to recognize and work with their emotions and impulses
Transform fight or flight to attend and befriend
Facilitate child and teen brain development
PRACTICE MINDFULNESS IN THE TREATMENT HOUR
Introduce and Adapt Mindfulness Practices for Young People
Play, games, video, arts, and athletics
Adapt mindfulness exercises to all kinds of minds
CBT, dynamic, expressive and play therapies
Assessment and Treatment Planning
When to use, and when to avoid, mindfulness practices
The five stage model
Mindfulness-based holistic treatment plan
Strategies to Engage Challenging Kids
Develop skills to engage the most resistant and reluctant kids
Tips for teaching a range of learning styles
Create an environment of safety and exploration
Strength-based approach to match the treatment to the child
Proven Techniques for Depression, ADHD, Anxiety and More
Build emotional intelligence
Mind-body awareness, listening meditation and others
Boost mood with mindful appreciation, mindful movement
Slowing down with STOP, SLOW, SIFT, Urge surfing practices
Self-soothing skills for trauma and anxiety disorders
Mindful grounding with touchpoints, the four elements and more
MAKE MINDFULNESS STICK OUTSIDE THE TREATMENT HOUR (WHERE IT REALLY MATTERS!)
It doesn’t have to be an hour on a cushion – Finding the time
100 activities for kids (and adults!) to do mindfully
50 simple reminders to bring kids back to the present
Dozens of effective tools that take less than a minute
“Stealth” mindfulness that kids can do without anyone even knowing
Techniques for challenges at home, the classroom, performances and social situations
Ease difficult transition times
Checking in, not checking out – Working with technology/social media