Presented by Burnaby Mountain PAC – The Mindful Teen: Promoting Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning.
Mindfulness means “Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn). The field of mindfulness-based interventions for adolescents is currently exploding. Emerging mindfulness-based interventions for youth are showing significant promise in helping adolescents to cope with adversity, and promote resilience and positive youth development. Within education, mindfulness can be a key component of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL helps youth “acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions” (CASEL.org). In this interactive presentation, Dr. Vo will discuss science and practice of mindfulness-based interventions with adolescents; share practical mindfulness exercises that educators can use in their schools and personal self-care strategies; and share mindfulness resources for youth, families, and professionals.