mindful parent community - stay tuned for details!
This is a monthly drop-in for parents interested in learning more about mindfulness and practicing together.
Here are the thoughts behind mindfulness for parents. Because it is mindblowing to be a parent! Because we have a human brain and nervous system that are prone to getting triggered and reactive. Because mindfulness works: Decades of research shows that mindfulness reduces stress, psychological symptoms, and emotional reactivity; increases focus and relationship satisfaction; and even has health benefits. Because research has also shown that children benefit when their parents practice mindfulness. And finally, because practicing mindfulness together with a supportive group of people is helpful and fun.
This offering will be moving to the new non-profit that I'm part of, Charlotte Center for Mindfulness. I will post further details and schedule soon!
Mindful Schools Curriculum implementation in the classroom:
Billingsville Elementary School, in collaboration with Communities in Schools (Spring 2016 - ongoing)
Cotswold Elementary School (Spring 2017)
KIPP: Charlotte (Spring 2017)
MINDFUL youth PROGRAM
Behailu Academy (Fall 2015 - ongoing)
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 (January 2017, January 2018; community)
Merry Oaks Elementary School (April 2017; parents)
Trinity Episcopal School (August 2017; staff)
Mindful Parent Community
Mindful Educators Meetup (Monthly meeting; https://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Educator-Charlotte-NC/)
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
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)