Digital Seminar

50 Mindfulness Techniques for Children & Teens

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  4.4   (4 comments)
Faculty :
Christopher Willard
5 Hours 59 Minutes
Copyright :
Apr 22, 2015
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Digital Seminar


  • Give kids tools to recognize and work with their difficult emotions and impulses
  • Promote mindfulness practice outside the clinical hour
  • Techniques to engage the most resistant and reluctant kids
  • Adapt mindfulness exercises to all kinds of minds
  • Use technology to support practice
  • Mindfulness to complement play, CBT, expressive, dynamic and other therapies
  • Techniques for challenges at home, the classroom, performances and social situations

Discover proven techniques for depression, ADHD, anxiety, anger, acting out, trauma and more. Mood boosters for depression include movement such as mindful walking, mindful yoga, and mindful qi-gong. Proven practices for ADHD, executive function and impulse control disorders include “urge surfing,” “STOP,” “SLOW”, “SIFT” and more. Skills to soothe trauma and anxiety like “seeking stillness,” “touchpoints,” and “four elements” practices will be taught and practiced as a group. We will practice skills that build emotional and social intelligence, including mindfulness of music, listening and body awareness exercises.

Mindfulness is more than just breathing, and so is this workshop. Participants should be prepared for an experiential day practicing a variety of mindfulness techniques including awareness, movement, games, play, and creative/expressive activities that can be practiced by young people and adults alike. Special attention will also be given to harnessing the power of technology and social media. Learning will take the form of lecture, video, case presentations, small group and dyad activities as well as experiential activities and ample time for question and answer and discussion with colleagues.

Join author and psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard in this engaging day! He will share personal and professional anecdotes from his experience as a working psychologist from inner-city schools to college campuses, from Harvard Medical School to teen meditation retreats. This workshop inspires, but more importantly empowers you with the tools you need to offer mindfulness practices to young people in practical yet engaging ways.


Mindfulness: What’s all this “nothingness” about?

  • It’s not just breathing. What mindfulness is, and what it isn’t
  • The stress response on development, learning, and mental health
  • Harness the healing power of mind-body relationship
  • Give kids tools to recognize and work with their emotions and impulses
  • Transform fight or flight to attend and befriend
  • Facilitate child and teen brain development


Introduce and Adapt Mindfulness Practices for Young People

  • Play, games, video, arts, and athletics
  • Adapt mindfulness exercises to all kinds of minds
  • CBT, dynamic, expressive and play therapies

Assessment and Treatment Planning

  • When to use, and when to avoid, mindfulness practices
  • The five stage model
  • Mindfulness-based holistic treatment plan

Strategies to Engage Challenging Kids

  • Develop skills to engage the most resistant and reluctant kids
  • Tips for teaching a range of learning styles
  • Create an environment of safety and exploration
  • Strength-based approach to match the treatment to the child

Proven Techniques for Depression, ADHD, Anxiety and More

  • Build emotional intelligence
  • Mind-body awareness, listening meditation and others
  • Boost mood with mindful appreciation, mindful movement
  • Slowing down with STOP, SLOW, SIFT, Urge surfing practices
  • Self-soothing skills for trauma and anxiety disorders
  • Mindful grounding with touchpoints, the four elements and more


  • It doesn’t have to be an hour on a cushion - Finding the time
  • 100 activities for kids (and adults!) to do mindfully
  • 50 simple reminders to bring kids back to the present
  • Dozens of effective tools that take less than a minute
  • “Stealth” mindfulness that kids can do without anyone even knowing
  • Techniques for challenges at home, the classroom, performances and social situations
  • Ease difficult transition times
  • Checking in, not checking out - Working with technology/social media


  • Demonstrate techniques that can be used in therapy offices, classrooms and at home.
  • Integrate mindfulness into play therapy, dynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, movement and more.
  • Identify practices that will be best suited to specific diagnostic groups, ages, and cognitive styles.
  • Utilize techniques to enhance your own attention and attunement.
  • Practice formal techniques that can be used by patients in and outside the session.
  • Describe 3 ways to integrate technology into mindfulness treatments.

To order the book, Mindfulness Skills for Kids & Teens: A Workbook for Clinicians & Clients with 154 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Worksheets, please visit our product store.

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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: This activity is designed to qualify for continuing education for the following professionals in every state: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists

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Psy.D., Teaching Associate

Harvard Medical School

Christopher Willard, Psy.D., is a psychologist and educational consultant in the Boston area specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents and young adults. He holds an appointment at Cambridge Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching site, and leads workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Willard has been practicing meditation for over 15 years. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), The Mindfulness For Teen Anxiety Workbook (2014), and Co-Editor of Mindfulness with Youth, From the Classroom to the Clinic (2015).

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Christopher Willard maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger Publishing, Guilford Press, and Parallax Press. Dr. Willard receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Christopher Willard has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Target Audience

Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists



Overall:     4.4

Total Reviews: 128


Brenda B - Boynton Beach, Florida

"I think Dr. Willard is an excellent role model for mindfulness practice. He presents as very calm and wise."

Megan R - MOOREAD, Minnesota

"Great Presentation!!!"

darlene m - Seneca, South Carolina

"good speaker"

Anne F - Celebration, Florida

"helpful with many practical suggestion to approaches. "

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