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School of Education and Human Services

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
248 370 3050

School of Education and Human Services

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
248 370 3050

Mindfulness and Restorative Practice: A Two-Day Institute

March 5 and 6, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Macomb University Center, Clinton Township, MI (map)

Oakland University is proud to announce this two-day program in topics that are of interest and importance to educators, held at the Macomb University Center in Macomb Township. Seating is limited and will open registration soon.
  • Integrating two practices that are directly applicable to school environments
  • Deepening mindfulness practice- an opportunity to either begin or increase mindful awareness, stress reduction, mindful communication, resilience, and compassionate dialogue
  • Deepening Restorative Practice principles, with a chance to practice the growth producing lessons of building community and resolving problems

woman in a grey sweater and purple shirt, smiling at the cameraCaryn Wells, Ph.D.

Caryn Wells is an Associate Professor for the Department of Organizational Leadership at Oakland University. She teaches graduate classes in Educational Leadership for aspiring and practicing leaders. She teaches graduate, doctoral, and medical students about stress reduction, mindfulness, and mindful leadership. She is a former teacher of English, counselor, assistant principal, and principal, all at the high school level. She has completed professional training and a sabbatical in mindfulness, and teaches people how to easily include mindfulness throughout their busy days.

man in a suit and bowtie smiling at the cameraBill Boyle, M.A.T.

Bill Boyle is the former Director of the Model Center, Bowers Academy and Equity Programming in Bloomfield Hills Schools. He has 31 years of experience as a teacher, athletic coach and administrator at all levels of K–12 education. Bill has worked diligently to form schools that serve as places of belonging for all students as the foundation for learning. He currently serves as an consultant, coach and facilitator for schools, non-profits and the private sector specializing in the areas of Restorative Practices and Equity Literacy. Bill is an instructor for the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Session Topics

Specific topics to be highlighted:

  • Introductions to Mindfulness and Restorative Practices with a focus on their integration
  • Mindfulness practices- deep listening, being fully present for what is happening
  • Affect Script Psychology and the role of shame with its connection to Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Developing social justice- building bridges, valuing human connection
  • Importance of circle design in bringing people together
  • Resolving problems with compassion
  • Importance of empathy in dealing with school discipline
  • Resilience- the ability to ‘bounce back’ after a disappointment or challenge
  • Goal planning for personal and professional growth
How to Register

Registration is currently full. To be added to a wait list, contact Alaina Wood at

  • SCECHs Fee: Additional $10
  • Parking is free at the Macomb University Center
  • Lunch will be provided to all participants each day

For more information, please contact:
Alaina Wood, Administrative Secretary
(248) 370-4109