A Practical Approach
For too many children or teens, talk and even play therapy feels unhelpful at best, and stigmatizing at worst. But when we can effectively introduce mindfulness into our sessions, we empower kids to transform themselves, allowing them to identify and regulate their emotions and attention using fun, effective exercises. In this interactive workshop, you’ll discover ways to share powerful mindfulness practices that can immediately engage kids who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. You’ll explore how to:
- Present mindfulness in creative ways that break through resistance and maximize engagement both in and out of the clinical hour
- Use specific strategies to tailor mindfulness to a child’s diagnosis and developmental stage
- Teach over a dozen proven practices that help children with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other common presenting difficulties
- Discover the exciting neuroscience behind mindfulness and ways to share that information with kids and families
Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and author of multiple books including Growing Up Mindful. He leads workshops internationally and serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.