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50 Mindfulness Techniques for Children & Teens



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Mindfulness is more than just breathing, and so is this workshop!

Be prepared for an experiential day learning mindfulness techniques including awareness, movement, games, play, and creative/expressive activities that can be practiced by young people and adults alike.

You will learn:

  • Proven techniques for depression, ADHD, anxiety, anger, acting out, trauma and more…..
  • Mood boosters for depression include movement such as mindful walking, yoga, and qi-gong
  • Proven practices for ADHD, executive function and impulse control disorders include “urge surfing,” “STOP,” “SLOW” , “SIFT” and more
  • Skills to soothe trauma and anxiety like “seeking stillness,” “touchpoints,” and “four elements” practices will be taught and practiced as a group
  • Skills that build emotional and social intelligence, including mindfulness of music, listening and body awareness exercises

Join author and mindfulness expert, Christopher Willard, Psy.D., in this engaging workshop! He will share personal and professional anecdotes from his experience as a working psychologist from inner-city schools to college campuses, from Harvard Medical School to teen meditation retreats. This workshop inspires, but more importantly empowers you with the tools you need to offer mindfulness practices to young people in practical yet engaging ways.

Format: DVD Video – 4+ hours

Length: 5 hr 42 min

Details: Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions


  1. Communicate effectively definitions of mindfulness in a clinical setting.
  2. Formulate research based rationale for using mindfulness based interventions.
  3. Explore the basic research underlying mindfulness based treatment approaches.
  4. Investigate simple principles of neuroscience and physiology as it relates to stress and mindfulness.
  5. Apply mindfulness and related techniques in and out of sessions.
  6. Design mindfulness-based treatments that are tailored to impulse control.

Mindfulness: What’s all this “nothingness” about?

  • It’s not just breathing. What mindfulness is, and what it isn’t
  • The stress response on development, learning, and mental health
  • Harness the healing power of mind-body relationship
  • Give kids tools to recognize and work with their emotions and impulses
  • Transform fight or flight to attend and befriend
  • Facilitate child and teen brain development


Introduce and Adapt Mindfulness Practices for Young People

  • Play, games, video, arts, and athletics
  • Adapt mindfulness exercises to all kinds of minds
  • CBT, dynamic, expressive and play therapies

Assessment and Treatment Planning

  • When to use, and when to avoid, mindfulness practices
  • The five stage model
  • Mindfulness-based holistic treatment plan

Strategies to Engage Challenging Kids

  • Develop skills to engage the most resistant and reluctant kids
  • Tips for teaching a range of learning styles
  • Create an environment of safety and exploration
  • Strength-based approach to match the treatment to the child

Proven Techniques for Depression, ADHD, Anxiety and More

  • Build emotional intelligence
  • Mind-body awareness, listening meditation and others
  • Boost mood with mindful appreciation, mindful movement
  • Slowing down with STOP, SLOW, SIFT, Urge surfing practices
  • Self-soothing skills for trauma and anxiety disorders
  • Mindful grounding with touchpoints, the four elements and more


  • It doesn’t have to be an hour on a cushion – Finding the time
  • 100 activities for kids (and adults!) to do mindfully
  • 50 simple reminders to bring kids back to the present
  • Dozens of effective tools that take less than a minute
  • “Stealth” mindfulness that kids can do without anyone even knowing
  • Techniques for challenges at home, the classroom, performances and social situations
  • Ease difficult transition times
  • Checking in, not checking out – Working with technology/social media


Christopher Willard, Psy. D., is one of the world’s leading experts on mindfulness with young people, having trained thousands of professionals and young people on the practice and benefits of mindfulness. He is a psychologist and consultant based in Boston, working individually as well as consulting to schools, hospitals and other organizations. Additionally, he is the author of multiple books on psychology, child development, contemplative practice and more. Dr. Willard is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network and serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. In addition to serving on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Willard leads courses and workshops around the world and online. You can find his website at drchristopherwillard.com, where you can watch his TEDx talks and learn more about his books and work. Dr. Willard is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016) and three other books. He is the co-author of the bestselling Growing Mindful and Growing Happy card decks.

When not working, he enjoys time with his family, traveling, cooking, eating, hiking, writing and any combination of these he can manage.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Christopher Willard maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger Publishing, Guilford Press, and Parallax Press. Dr. Willard is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willard receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Christopher Willard has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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