Mindfulness practice can lead to significant gains with children. In the academic realm, these quick, easy, and low-to-no cost strategies are helpful with optimizing performance by helping kids with memory and attention (Meiklejohn, et al., 2012). Yet what about other realms? Do kids also show psychological and emotional benefits? The research overwhelming says yes. Absolutely. Mindfulness has been shown effective in helping kids and adults alike cope with day-to-day stressors as well as trauma and ongoing, pervasive difficulties (Thompson, Arnkoff, & Glass, 2011). At the core of mindfulness research is the finding that it helps with emotional regulation and centering by continuously bringing attention back to the present moment. This ongoing effort to stay present in life instead of ruminating about the past or worrying about the future has lasting benefits in building resiliency (Bajaj & Pande, 2016). This resiliency can lead to better adjustment with life’s constant, sudden changes, and it can empower individuals to cope with adversity even when it appears most challenging. In this workshop, the facilitator will define mindfulness and resiliency and show how the two are connected. The facilitator will also provide concrete strategies for educators to employ to help children practice mindfulness in a way that is therapeutic, engaging, and sustainable.
At the conclusion of this workshop session, participants will be able to
- Define mindfulness and resiliency,
- State and understand the connection between mindfulness and resiliency,
- Lead students through mindful activities that will be therapeutic and engaging,
- Identify moments and spaces in which mindfulness can be practiced to make it sustainable.
Trainer: Angela Landers MS, LPC
Mrs. Angela Landers is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Georgia Southern University’s Counseling Center. In addition to providing individual counseling, she facilitates weekly Mindful Yoga classes in which mindfulness practice is paired with yoga for students struggling with stress, mood disorders, and trauma.