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Digital Seminar

50 Mindfulness Techniques for Children & Teens

Christopher Willard, PsyD
Approx. 6 Hours
Mar 15, 2024
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Digital Seminar - Also available: In-Person Seminar  2 | Live Webcast

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​​​​Learning differences, cultural differences, developmental differences, and more all affect how children learn best.

By integrating mindfulness into therapy and the classroom, you’ll move away from a one-size fits all approach and discover ways to adapt mindfulness for all learning styles.

Watch author, psychologist, and consultant Dr. Christopher Willard in this training where he’ll share fun, creative ways to teach mindfulness. Be prepared for an experiential training where you'll practice mindfulness techniques including awareness, movement, games, play, and creative/expressive activities that can be practiced by young people and adults alike.

You’ll learn:

  • Proven techniques for depression, ADHD, anxiety, anger, acting out, trauma, and more
  • Mood boosters for depression such as mindful walking, yoga, and qi-gong
  • Playful “Alphabreaths” to self-regulate emotions, attention, and behavior
  • Simple practices for ADHD, executive function and impulse control disorders: “the mindful SEAT” “mindful play and games” “mindful music”, and more
  • Skills to soothe trauma and anxiety: “seeking stillness,” “touchpoints,” and “four elements” practices will be taught and practiced as a group
  • Skills that build emotional and social intelligence: mindfulness of music, listening and body awareness exercises

Practices will engage different learning styles through arts, sports, games, music, technology, and more, for attention spans ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.

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


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Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, author and consultant based in Massachusetts. He has spoken in over 31 countries and has presented at two TEDx events. He is the author of 20 books, including Alphabreaths (2019), Growing Up Mindful (2016). and Feelings are Like Farts (2024). His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post,,, and elsewhere. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Christopher Willard maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Willard receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Christopher Willard is the president and board member of the Mindfulness In Education Network. He is on the advisory boards of Mindfulness First and Peace in Schools. Dr. Willard is a member of Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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  1. Communicate effective 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. Describe 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.


Defining Mindfulness: What’s all this “Nothingness” about?

  • The science of stress, mindfulness, and more
  • The nervous system reset: The ABCs and physiology of breathing
  • Transforming fight or flight to attend and befriend

From Co-regulation to Self-regulation

  • Emotional contagions and mirror neurons
  • Gratitude, compassion, and perspective in the client and clinician
  • Systemic interventions for your clinic or classroom

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Self-Regulation

  • Integrating mindfulness into therapy through play, DBT, CBT, ACT, and psychodynamic therapies

Adapting Mindfulness for All Kinds of Minds

  • Integrating mindfulness into play, visualizations, games, music, arts, academics, athletics, and more
  • Proven techniques for trauma, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and More
  • The CHOICE method for adapting mindfulness to trauma and mental health issues
  • Cultural considerations, neurodiversity, and other considerations

Making Mindfulness Stick!
Strategies to Engage the Most Challenging Kids and Teens

  • Adapt practices to a range of learning styles and interests
  • Strength-based approach to match the treatment to the child
  • Proven techniques for trauma, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and more

Make Mindfulness Stick Outside the Treatment Hour
(Where it Really Matters!)

  • 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

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 4


Brenda B

"I think Dr. Willard is an excellent role model for mindfulness practice. He presents as very calm and wise."

Megan R

"Great Presentation!!!"

darlene m

"good speaker"

Anne F

"helpful with many practical suggestion to approaches. "

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