MBA Workshop at UMass Center for Mindfulness Conference – Mar 28, 2012

MBA Executive Director Chris McKenna and Research Director Sam Himelstein will be doing a half-day workshop on working with resistance in our work teaching mindfulness/contemplative practice to adolescents at the annual conference of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society. We’ll be teaching the three hour session with our friend Cator Shachoy, the executive director of Youth Yoga Dharma. Full description below. It would be great to see some familiar faces!

Investigating & Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society
10th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators

March 28, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Half-Day Afternoon Workshop

Meeting Resistance: Teaching Mindfulness & Yoga to Challenging Youth Populations
Cator Shachoy, Chris McKenna and Sam Himelstein

The richness of working with teens includes that they won’t always do what you want them to. What happens then? If we are present, this can be a powerful opportunity for deepening of connection, trust, and authenticity between teens and adults. This workshop goes beyond the mindfulness for youth “sales pitch” to engage the real world realities of working with socio-economically and ethnically diverse youth as well as urban and high-risk populations. As the mindfulness movement expands its reach, new tools are needed for effective application in a broader range of environments. Workshop content focuses on a clearly outlined approach for meeting and transforming resistance and reactivity that can arise while facilitating yoga and mindfulness-based interventions with diverse youth populations. The goal of this workshop is to “close the gap” between scripted mindfulness curricula and the reality of working with youth and adolescents in the classroom, mental health, and other environments.

This workshop is highly interactive; participants will have extensive time to analyze examples of resistance from their own work with youth and to role play responses to challenging behaviors.