Full Course Description

Mindfulness Certificate Course for Treating Kids and Teens

Complete Course Objectives:

  1. Establish mindfulness techniques that can be used in therapy offices, classrooms, at home and more.

  2. Integrate mindfulness into play therapy, dynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, movement and more.

  3. Adapt mindfulness practices for a range of populations.

  4. Utilize techniques to enhance your own attention and attunement, and stave off burnout.

  5. Practice formal techniques that can be used by patients in and outside the session.

  6. Explore innovative ways to integrate mindfulness informally into academics, sports, games and the arts.

  7. Ascertain creative ways to generate “buy in” and engagement from resistant kids.

  8. Investigate the basic physiology and neuroscience underlying mindfulness based treatment.

  9. Choose 2 ways in which mindfulness reduces impulsivity in clients.

  10. Establish specific practices that can be used for a range of diagnosis.

  11. Discriminate effective ways to bring mindfulness to your professional community.

  12. Develop practical strategies for shifting from fight/flight responses into attend and befriend responses to stress.

  13. Describe the relationship between mirror neurons, mindfulness and compassion.

  14. Illustrate how meditation helps concentration in kids with ADHD.

  15. Articulate the clinical research on mindfulness and mental health.

  16. Explore how being more present can help our clients develop better relationships.

  17. Assess 3 meditation techniques to improve attention and self-regulation.

  18. Describe mindfulness exercises that can build new neural pathways for concentration.


Module 1: Mindfulness and Neuroscience for Healthy Brain Development


  • Introductions
  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Physiology of mindfulness
  • A few breath practices
  • Model for teaching and learning

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Module 2 - Self-Compassion, Appreciation and Relaxation


  • Critical Voice Practice
  • Mirror Neurons and Counter-Transference
  • Living Mindfulness
  • Where to Begin
  • Learning and Teaching

Module 3 - Managing the Youth Mental Health Crisis


  • The Three R’s
  • Reality Check
  • Why Mindfulness
  • Process and Challenges

Module 4 - Anxiety, ADHD, Impulse Control: Body Based Mindfulness Awareness


  • Progress and Challenges
  • Walking Meditations
  • Mindfulness of Silliness
  • Walking Awareness
  • The Four Elements
  • Mindful Movement
  • Mindful Eating

Module 5 - Neuroplasticity: Empower Brain and Behavior Change


  • Resilience
  • Biology
  • Mind/Body Barriers
  • The Developing Brain
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Executive Function
  • DNA

Module 6 - From Resistance to Resilience: Getting Kids Engaged and Excited


  • Buy In
  • Perception
  • Adapting Mindfulness
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Leading Practices
  • Approaching Kids
  • Mindful Athletics

Module 7 - Integrating Mindfulness with CBT, DBT, ACT and Play


  • The Bio Psycho Social Model of Mental Health Issues
  • Common mental health issues and mindfulness practice
  • Depression - A Deeper Look
  • Anxiety - A Deeper Look
  • PTSD - A Deeper Look
  • ADHD - A Deeper Look
  • Impulse and addictions
  • An introduction to the Mindfulness Based Therapies
  • Teaching Across Difference

Module 8 - Make Mindfulness Fun! Improve Client Engagement with Arts, Games, Sports and More


  • Mindful Games
  • Mindful Arts
  • Breath
  • Technology

Module 9 - Exploring Compassion Practices


  • Finding Moments
  • Mindful of Thoughts
  • Culture of Mindfulness
  • Systematic Mindfulness
  • Compassion