Facilitator: Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health / Hincks-Dellcrest Institute
This Training is Suitable for: Educators, school counsellors, social workers, mental health therapists, psychologists, and medical professionals.
Description: This experiential workshop will engage participants in a variety of age-appropriate, creative and playful ways to share mindfulness practice with children and parents, all infused with mindfulness principles – such as acceptance, letting go, patience, non-judgment, non-striving, and compassion. It will explore the intersection of mindfulness and neuroscience and offer accessible ways to share this exciting information with children and families. More
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health
114 Maitland Street
Seminar Rooms ABC, 2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1
Mindfulness has been the foundation for stress-reduction programs for decades. Recent research in neuroscience has found mindfulness practice to have a significant beneficial impact on the brain. Mindfulness helps develop increased attention & focus, strengthen empathy and compassion, counter the brain’s ‘negativity bias,’ and improve overall brain integration, leading to mental wellness and increased longevity. With all these known benefits, why not start early by teaching mindfulness to children? But how? How can we invite children into practicing mindfulness, as it is so often associated with being still for long periods of time? This experiential workshop will engage participants in a variety of age-appropriate, creative and playful ways to share mindfulness practice with children and parents, all infused with mindfulness principles – such as acceptance, letting go, patience, non-judgment, non-striving and compassion. It will explore the intersection of mindfulness and neuroscience and offer accessible ways to share this exciting information with children and families.
Participants Will Learn To:
Engage children of all ages in mindfulness practice - in individual, family and group therapy settings
Utilize playful and practical ways to teach children and parents about how the brain often reacts in the face of worry, fear, frustration, anger and other challenging emotions - and how mindfulness practice provides ways to respond
Utilize mindfulness–based practices that strengthen the brain’s neural pathways responsible for attention, relaxation, compassion and ultimately ‘feeling good’
Recognize considerations for leading mindfulness-based practices and discussion with children and families
About the Presenter:
Sara Marlowe is a clinical social worker, author, university lecturer, musician, and mindfulness practitioner and teacher. She has developed and facilitated numerous mindfulness programs for children, adolescents, parents, and families in children’s mental health agencies, schools, and community settings. Sara has a private practice where she works collaboratively and creatively to support children and families move towards their hopes, dreams, and preferences for their lives. She integrates music, story, art, movement, nature, and play into her therapeutic work with children and families. Sara is the author of the children’s picture book No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully, which playfully teaches mindful awareness to children through the process of eating an apple. Sara can be found online at www.mindfulfamilies.ca.