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Thursday, May 13th 2021

Mindfulness techniques to decrease stress and increase resilience: Cultivating attitudes that support wellbeing during COVID-19

Ellen Choi, BComm, MSc, PhD
presented by SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

May 13, 2021 | 1 to 3 p.m.

With so much uncertainty around the course and duration of this pandemic, health professionals must prioritize self-care. This interactive webinar will explore an experiential approach to using mindfulness practices. How to relate to stressors through a sensory orientation and gain a better understanding of stress responses, as well as examine the three predictors of post-traumatic growth. This webinar is offered at a special rate of $40.

Level of training: Introductory

This training is suitable for:

Mental Health Professionals: Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers,

Medical Professions: Nurses, Psychiatrists, Family Doctors,

Direct Service Workers: Drop in Workers, Shelter and Hostel Workers, Child and Youth Workers, Youth Justice Workers

Educators: teachers, ECE, School Administration, Support Staff

First Responders: Police, Firefighters, Paramedics.

Description: Over the last year, we have seen an increased physical and emotional demand on health professionals due to COVID-19. With so much uncertainty around the course and duration of this pandemic, health professionals must continue to prioritize self-care.

Offering care for the carers, this half-day webinar provides health professionals who are dealing with highly stressful and uncertain contexts, an experiential approach to using mindfulness practices. Participants will gain mindfulness practices for training attention and cultivating attitudes that support resilience and well-being during COVID-19.

Join Dr. Ellen Choi as she engages participants in an interactive session that includes: a comprehensive overview on what mindfulness is; insights into why it is an essential practice during and following the pandemic; and, strategies for practicing mindfulness both formally (e.g. meditation) and informally in everyday life.

Learning objectives:

• Understand the empirical benefits of mindfulness
• Explore how to relate to stressors through a sensory orientation
• Learn how to apply mindfulness practices in their own life
• Connect with their peers to better understand their own stressors and their own responses to stress
• Understand the three predictors of post-traumatic growth

About the Facilitator:

Dr. Ellen Choi is an Assistant Professor in HRM/OB in the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. Dr. Choi is an organizational psychologist with training in the fields of Social Psychology and Organizational Behaviour. She received her PhD from the Ivey School of Business in 2017, and her MSc from the London School of Economics in 2012. Her research interests revolve around workplace wellbeing and mental health. In particular she studies the effects of mindfulness training on stress, attention, emotion regulation, errors, authenticity, resilience, and performance under pressure. Dr. Choi teaches in the area of organizational behaviour on topics such as leadership, training and development, motivation, and decision-making.

Prior to graduate school, Ellen traded in commercial real estate for 8 years with CBRE. She is also a yoga instructor, executive meditation coach, and delivers mindfulness workshops and keynote addresses to corporate audiences


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