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Registration is now closed. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Kelly Quintana at kquintana@oakland.edu.

Mindfulness for Mental Health Workers and Special Education Teachers

 Mindfulness for Mental Health Workers
and Special Education Teachers

Monday, December 18, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Macomb University Center: Assembly Hall
Clinton Township, MI ( map)

Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce the Mindfulness for Mental Health Workers and Special Education Teachers to be held on Monday, December 18, 2017. Participants can earn SCECHs for attending the workshop.

This is a workshop that is designed for all school faculty involved with the helping profession - social workers, counselors, special education and general education teachers who want to improve their response to students who have issues with anxiety, fear, sadness, bullying, or the responses as students try to cope. Dr. Caryn Wells, Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Oakland University will offer this full-day workshop for mental health professionals at all levels which will include time for interaction, problem solving, reflection, mindful practice, and goal setting.

Participants in this program will learn about mindfulness - experience with mindfulness practice is not necessary. Learn about how mindfulness and mindful self-compassion can be used to help students to learn how to cope with stress of school and thrive in the classroom. Learn how to identify students that are having challenges in school, and the techniques to deal with group facilitation or individual conversations with students and parents. Practice a variety of practices including breathing, finding a calm center, turning down the volume of stress, and acceptance as a form of moving forward.

This workshop will emphasize evidence-based practices that help students calm down and experience a sense of quiet in the classroom. We will review these practices and there will be time in the afternoon to practice teaching or facilitating classroom and group practices. The workshop will also emphasize learning the importance of self-care for those who are working in mental health capacity, developing a practice of well-being and compassionate care for teachers and mental health workers.

The focus of this workshop will be learning how to support students in the school- interrupting a cycle of fear or anxiety, and replacing it with practices that offer calm and stillness. The workshop will also focus on developing empathy and kindness for self and others. Learn how to work with and support students and their teachers, with practices that reduce stress and build resilience.

Please note: This is not a course in private therapy or counseling. This workshop is designed to help those who are supporting the emotional health of students in the schools by teaching mindfulness, group facilitation, and providing support for students, parents, and other teachers.

Goals and Benefits of the Workshop
All attendees will be able to:

  • Learn about the nature of stress of children and adolescents
  • Find out what is making a difference with students who are learning to find a source of calm at school- evidence-based programs
  • Receive materials for teaching stress reduction and calm to students
  • Network with other mental health educators who are providing services in stress reduction
  • Educators can earn 6 SCECHs
  • Light refreshments and lunch provided

Caryn Wells Head ShotCaryn M. 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 has been teaching these principles to graduate students in educational leadership and teacher leadership classes, with introductions to doctoral and medical students. She is a former guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal. She has presented about mindful leadership at several conferences and to several professional organizations. She is the author of the book, Mindfulness: How School Leaders Can Reduce Stress and Thrive on the Job, published in March 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield.

Session Topics

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the nature of stress of children and adolescents
  • Find out what is making a difference with students who are learning to find a source of calm at school- evidence-based programs
  • Review the basics of mindfulness
  • Understand the benefits of mindfulness to the caregiver as teacher or mental health practitioner, and the students being served
  • Learn about the variety of ways to facilitate group lessons in mindful self-compassion
  • Teach ways to use the breath as an anchor- to find calm in a stressful moment
How to Register

Registration is now closed. Please contact Kelly Quintana at kquintana@oakland.edu if you have any questions.

  • Workshop Registration Fee: $89
  • SCECHs Fee: Additional $10
  • Parking is free at the Macomb University Center
  • Lunch will be provided to all participants

For more information, please contact:
Kelly Quintana, Assistant Program Coordinator
(248) 370-3997