Mindful Schools Curriculum implementation in schools:
Billingsville-Cotswold Elementary School (2018-2019)
Greenway Park Elementary School (2018-2019)
Billingsville Elementary School, in collaboration with Communities in Schools (Spring 2016 - 2018)
Cotswold Elementary School (Spring 2017)
KIPP: Charlotte (Spring 2017)
MINDFUL youth PROGRAM
Mindful Teen Drop-In (Spring 2019, in collaboration with Charlotte Center for Mindfulness and Myers Park Presbyterian Church Youth Group)
Behailu Academy (Fall 2015 - Spring 2018)
school-based mindfulness presentations:
Charlotte Country Day School (October 2016 & Fall 2017; parents)
Charlotte Lab School (2016-2017; parents, teachers, students)
The Fletcher School/The Rankin Institute (annually, 2017-2019; community)
Merry Oaks Elementary School (April 2017; parents)
Trinity Episcopal School (August 2017; staff)
Half-day Retreat with Charlotte Center for Mindfulness (June 2018)
First Presbyterian Church, Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian, and Myers Park United Methodist Church; various talks on mindfulness, anxiety, and parenting (2017-2018)
Teen Girls Mindfulness Mini-Retreat (May 2017)
Each of us wants to be happy. So, then why - after all the worrying, stressing, self-help-resource-searching, and analyzing we invest - aren't we? Mindfulness and meditation provide answers, as well as time-worn and research-supported tools.
Mindfulness is an approach toward life. If we're being mindful, we're aware of what's happening right now inside and around us in a way that is open and non-judgmental. We can be mindful in any (and - in theory - every!) moment...brushing our teeth, walking down the hall, eating, arguing, looking at the sunset.
There are many different forms of meditation. The kind of meditation I'm talking about here includes practices that support mindfulness. This may look like sitting quietly and concentrating on just one thing, such as your breath or the sounds around you. Or, rather than one object of focus, the meditation may involve open awareness - observing whatever arises, such as thoughts or feelings. Another set of meditation practices helps with building positive qualities, like gratitude, compassion (for self and others), joy, and equanimity.
In therapy, I often incorporate mindfulness and meditation, as well as the philosophy behind these practices. I also teach mindfulness groups and classes.
Training and Certification
Six Month Practice Intensive July 2018-January 2019 (Chris McKenna & Megan Cowan)
Mindful Schools Graduate Retreat 2017
Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth 2017 (Sam Himelstein, PhD)
Difficult Emotions 2015 (Mindful Schools)
The Power of Mindfulness: Mindfulness Inside & Outside the Therapy Hour 2015 (Ronald Siegel, PsyD)
Yearlong Certification 2014 (Mindful Schools)
Meditation and Psychotherapy 2014 (Tara Brach, PhD)
Mindfulness Fundamentals 2013 (Mindful Schools)
Curriculum Training 2012 (Mindful Schools)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 2010 (Lindsay Bridges, MD)