Catharine Hannay

TAP Into Your Experience: A Mindful Parenting Practice

TAP is a mindfulness acronym developed by Dr. Sam Himelstein, co-founder of Family Spring and director of the Center for Adolescent Studies. It stands for: T=Take a breath. A=Acknowledge. P=Proceed. Take a Breath. When you’re feeling frustrated or angry, taking a deep breath (or five, or twenty) can help you calm down enough to avoid …

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Vicarious Trauma: How Youth Workers Can Support Each Other

Françoise Mathieu, an expert on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma, says that “Debriefing is an important part of the work that we do: it is a natural and important process in dealing with disturbing material.” However, if this process isn’t handled well, it can contribute to the vicarious trauma experienced by your coworkers. As Mathieu …

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A Dozen Yoga and Mindful Movement Videos for Teens

Here are a variety of yoga, movement, and stretching videos for use by teachers, therapists, and anyone else who’d like to share grounding, relaxation, and awareness practices with youth. 1) Afro Flow Yoga Relaxation instructor: Leslie Salmon Jones, who combines yoga with African-inspired dance (accompanied by live music from her husband Jeff W. Jones) level: …

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A Dozen Songs and Videos for Teaching Mindful Communication

Here are a variety of songs and short (1-12 minute) videos you can use while teaching about mindful listening, speech, and silence. As always, please preview anything you plan to share with youth, and think carefully about what’s most appropriate for your particular context. 5 Lectures About Mindful Communication “A Guided Exercise for Mindful Communication” …

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3 Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Christian Youth

Today I’d like to share with you: some guidance on how to communicate effectively with Christian youth (or their parents) who might have concerns about mindfulness instruction, and an overview of Christian mindfulness and contemplative practices.    Tip #1. Examine Your Own Assumptions   —If you’re a Christian yourself, or if you’ve worked with other …

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A Dozen Songs for Teaching About Healthy Relationships

Here are a variety of songs you can use while teaching adolescents and young adults about healthy and unhealthy relationships.  I’ve included brief descriptions to help you choose, but please preview any videos you plan to use with your students or clients to make sure they’re appropriate for your particular context. All I Want, Olivia …

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5 Types of Boundaries Every Youth Worker Needs

Here are a few guidelines for establishing appropriate boundaries with the youth under your care.   Boundary #1 Your Personal Information  In one of my very first sessions teaching English as a Second Language, I was helping students fill out forms. During the break, my supervisor pulled me aside and explained why it wasn’t such …

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How to Talk About Marijuana so Teens Will Listen: 4 Essential Tips

Talking with teens about marijuana can be challenging. The following tips will help you communicate effectively with youth about their reasons for using cannabis and how it could be impacting them.  Tip #1. Reframe the Conversation Dr. Sam Himelstein, the director of the Center for Adolescent Studies, has some advice for any adult who’s trying …

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A Dozen Videos for Teaching Mindfulness to Teens

Here are a variety of short (1-minute to 5-minute) videos that can help you teach mindfulness to adolescents. I’ve included brief descriptions to help you choose, but please preview any videos you plan to share, to make sure they’re appropriate for your context and the needs of your specific students or clients. 1-Minute Breathing Practice …

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