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Mindfulness for Middle Schoolers
Have you ever arrived somewhere and when you arrived you realized you were so lost in thought you didn't remember the drive?

Many of us spend much of our lives in a sort of "autopilot" which can cause us to feel stressed or burned out. This happens to adolescents as well! Their busy lives filled with pressures from school, activities, and friends can be overwhelming. This 6 session mindfulness workshop can help your child learn skills to manage stress and cope with life's stressors. It is based upon the work and teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the "Father of Mindfulness." This workshop was developed specifically with adolescents ages 10-13 in mind. Attendees will participate in a group workshop and learn the practice of mindfulness.

The workshop will be taught in a group format. Group members will be sitting on yoga mats on the floor (please ask if accomodations are needed). Specific techniques taught will include: mindful eating, body scan, and mindfulness meditation. One session will occur outdoors (weather permitting). 

Advance registration is required.


  
  1. Dates
    Mondays - July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 14 and 21
  2. Time
    6pm-7pm
  3. Registration
    $300
  4. Location
    9 S Hickory Avenue Bel Air, MD 21014
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening right now. It involves practicing a non-judgmental stance toward ourselves and others, and being purposeful in what we chose to give our attention to. Mindfulness is typically practiced through mind-body experiences such as meditation, body scans, mindful eating, mindful walking/walking meditation. However, mindfulness can be practiced through any activity that engages the senses and involves an effort to focus on each moment.

Who could benefit from mindfulness?
The short answer is, anyone and everyone! Mindfulness doesn’t target a specific disorder or problem, but rather is a practice that can foster personal growth and development in anyone. Individuals who have difficulty managing emotions, coping with stress, or handling the busy demands of our sometimes hectic modern lives can benefit from mindfulness. Research demonstrates that individuals who are coping with anxiety, depression, or medical conditions (e.g., chronic pain, diabetes, high blood pressure) may also benefit.

Does it work?
Mindfulness has been shown to have many benefits. Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine published a review article in JAMA that concluded the practice of mindfulness can improve symptoms of anxiety and depression. Other studies have demonstrated positive outcomes for a number of problems including smoking cessation, cardiovascular disease, obesity, chronic pain and others.  For more information on mindfulness and its efficacy, please visit: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm 

What are your qualifications?
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with more than 10 years of experience practicing therapy. I completed an 8-week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and have been incorporating mindfulness techniques into my work with patients for over 3 years.

How do I sign up?
You may sign up online or print and fax, email, or mail the registration form . Payment is due at the time of registration and can be in the form of PayPal, check, or money order.

What should my child wear?
During the sessions children will be sitting on yoga mats on the floor. Therefore, they should dress comfortably. Athletic shorts, yoga pants, or track pants would all work well. 

Can I attend with my child?
I will be creating a safe space for adolescents to learn mindfulness. At times this may involve discussing their worries and stressors. For participants to feel safe doing so, it will be important to build group trust. You are welcome to make yourself at home in my waiting area, however out of respect for the other participants I ask that you not join with your child.