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Many adolescents struggle with impulse control, self-regulation of emotions, and maintaining focus. While some of these adolescents may have a diagnosed disorder, others may simply be recovering from trauma that they don’t have the skills to navigate successfully. Building these skills is possible! The tools of mindfulness offer ways to handle these challenges in the moment, and increase adolescent’s resilience and ability to self-regulate in the future. Using experiential mindfulness activities and practices, we can help adolescents move from a state of reactivity and anxiety to a state of balance and engagement.
This two day training is designed to offer those that work with adolescents (psychologists, therapists, physicians, social workers, educators, and healing arts professionals) a way to integrate mindfulness into therapeutic and educational settings. We will explore how mindfulness can enhance our own personal growth, reduce the risk for conditions such as empathy fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout while increasing emotional resilience. Participants will learn methods to teach and share mindfulness in the continuum of trauma-informed care with clients and students and examine case studies where mindfulness has been the primary intervention. Each participant will leave with a toolkit of core practices and experiential activities that will invite and build present moment awareness and mindful presence. The training will include personal practice, core techniques to share with clients and students and instructional variance. Each participant will lead class components and be offered a personal assessment.
This training is designed as an advanced training in mindfulness. As prerequisite, participants should some previous exposure to and personal experience with mindfulness and/or meditation. Each participant will receive one hour of private consultation following the completion of the training.
1) Summarize how a well-integrated mindfulness-based approach can be a viable
component of trauma-informed care.
2) Learn key findings from the neuroscience of traumatic stress to support teaching
mindfulness to traumatized individuals.
3) Learn how mindfulness addresses self-care, self-regulation, self-awareness; the three
objectives in supporting survivors of traumatic stress
4) Practice basic mindfulness tools that can be used with adolescents.
5) Learn to share simple but powerful activities in an engaging way.
6) Tailor and adapt the approaches to meet the needs of each patient or client.
7) Use yourself as a resource for your patients and clients through modeling non-reactivity,
acceptance and compassion.
8) Become familiar with Mindful Awareness Practices though direct experience.
9) Practice inquiry as a means of creating space for reflection and overall self-management
Tawanna Kane, RYT
Tawanna Kane is a certified yoga teacher and MBSR instructor, who seeks to help individuals and communities, identify and cultivate their internal support systems and resilience. She has created stress reduction and mindfulness curricula for juvenile halls, level III schools and other specialized populations throughout the United States. Her passion is conceptualizing and implementing mindfulness interventions with underserved and marginalized communities. With over 15 years of experience teaching mindfulness, MBSR and yoga, she has served as director of The Lineage Project, The Joy Wellness Center at Shepherd’s Clinic and supervised mindfulness-based clinical trials at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. By placing attention on the heart, she hopes to give people tools to be more present in their lives and with each other. Her relationship and love for children is informed by working for over 20 years in the areas of conflict resolution, peer mediation, theatrical expressions and youth development . Her work is synthesized in The Inner Resources Project, an emerging organization, which sets as its mission to help individuals and communities connect with their own humanity and to learn to be in relation to their community.
Tawanna’s work has been featured in American Legacy Woman, Yoga Journal, Ascent Magazine and in several films, including The Fire of Yoga and the documentary, Yoga Comes to Brooklyn.