Mindfulness and Adolescence: Windows of Opportunity to Enhance Health and Well-Being

Date: December 16, 2015
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Contact: Janet Olsen at olsenj@msu.edu or Karen Pace at pace1@msu.edu

Webinar link: Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar prior to the event.

Registration deadline: December 14, 2015

Webinar audiences: This webinar is designed for youth workers, teachers and other school staff, social workers and other adults who work with young people

Webinar description: 

Adolescence is a period marked by great challenges and opportunities in areas of cognitive, social and emotional development. This webinar will review some of these developmental changes and challenges, including those in the adolescent brain that could be highly responsive to mindfulness practice. Mindfulness, the present-moment, nonjudgmental awareness of experience, can be cultivated through practice and has the potential to enhance well-being in young people. This webinar will review selected research related to mindfulness for adolescents and introduce a research-based curriculum called Learning to BREATHE for teaching mindfulness in schools, clinics, after-school programs and other youth settings.

Webinar participants will also learn about the Michigan State University Extension Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environment initiative, which provides a variety of educational resources to help communities reduce and prevent bullying and bias-based behaviors while promoting healthy social and emotional learning and development.

Webinar resource people:

Patricia (Trish) Broderick
 is a research associate at the Penn State Prevention Research Center and founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Center at West Chester University of Pennsylvania . She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist (K-12), certified school counselor (K-12) and a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) advanced practicum at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS. She is co-principal investigator on a recent grant from the US Department of Education to study mindfulness in public schools, an advisory board member for CASEL on the intersection of social and emotional learning and mindfulness and a member of the American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) practice board. She is the co-author of a developmental psychology textbook, entitled The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals and the author of Learning to BREATHE: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents.

Janet Olsen, senior program leader, and Karen Pace, senior program leader, work in the area of social and emotional health with Michigan State University Extension health and nutrition programs. They are the co-authors of the Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments core curriculum.

For more information about MSU Extension resources and events related to bullying prevention, visit msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/bullying.



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