Certificate in Mindfulness to Support Mindful Families and Resilient Children: Gain Practice-based Experience in Facilitating Mindfulness Exercises and Conducting Inquiry

Certificate in Mindfulness to Support Mindful Families and Resilient Children: Gain Practice-based Experience in Facilitating Mindfulness Exercises and Conducting Inquiry


Event Details

Dates: January 21, 28 and 29, 2019

Facilitator: Sara Marlowe, MSW., RSW. Counsellor and author of No Ordinary Apple and My New Best Friend.

This training is forAll professionals interested in developing and enhancing their skills in sharing mindfulness with children, adolescents and families. Educators (teachers, ECE, school administration, support staff). Mental Health Professionals: (psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers). Medical Professionals: (nurses, psychiatrists, pediatricians, family doctors). Direct Service Workers (drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers).

Description: Mindfulness is increasingly being shared with children and adolescents in educational, medical, mental health, community and home settings. Research shows that mindfulness practice with children and adolescents can reduce stress, improve emotion regulation, foster academic learning, reduce anxiety, increase executive function, and promote overall well-being.

In this three-day certificate program, participants will explore mindfulness theory and practice, and learn accessible and engaging ways to share this information with children, adolescents and families.  Through story, art, music, metaphor, movement and 'formal' practice, participants will learn to share mindfulness and neuroscience-info with children, adolescents and families in age-appropriate, playful and creative ways.  All playful practices will be infused with mindfulness principles such as acceptance, letting go, patience, non-judgment, non-striving, self-kindness and compassion.

This program will utilize didactic presentation, interactive discussions, videos, teach-backs, small and large group experiential exercises, live demonstrations and coached practice facilitation.  Participants will have the opportunity to lead mindfulness exercises and inquiry in a small group format with the aim of increasing confidence and proficiency in teaching mindfulness and leading inquiry.

Participants will also be provided with a detailed handout package, including a suggested format for structuring a mindfulness group for children and families, sample mindfulness scripts for children and adolescents and a variety of child-friendly mindfulness activity handouts that can be used in their relevant setting - whether that be therapeutic encounters with individuals, groups, families or classroom settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain practice-based experience in facilitating mindfulness exercises and conducting inquiry.
  • Learn to engage children and adolescents in mindfulness practice - in individual, family and group therapy settings.
  • Be able to identify considerations for leading mindfulness-based activities, practices and discussion with children and families.
  • Be able to describe the myriad of benefits of mindfulness practice and it's connection with neurobiology to children, adolescents and families.


  • When

  • Monday, January 21, 2019 - Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    2nd Floor Seminar Rooms ABC
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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