10 Essential Guidelines to Teaching Meditation to Trauma-Impacted Youth

10 Essential Guidelines for Teaching Meditation to Trauma-Impacted Youth A while back I posted 9 Guidelines for Teaching Trauma-Informed Mindfulness to Teens. As I mentioned in that post, formal meditation practice isn’t always appropriate, as it can sometimes trigger youth into trauma responses. That said, many young people can benefit from mindfulness meditation. These guidelines …

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Recommended Resources on ADDRESSING Diversity

Recommended Resources on ADDRESSING Diversity Guest Post by Catharine Hannay, MindfulTeachers.org One of my most sobering moments as an English as a Foreign Language teacher came during a discussion about Martin Luther King’s ‘crusade for justice.’ Some of the students didn’t know what ‘crusade’ meant, so I asked for a volunteer who could define the …

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A Brief History of Trauma for Youth Providers

The field of trauma studies, as well as the application to trauma treatment with young people, is still very much in its infancy. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often discussed synonymously with trauma. However, PTSD as a diagnosis rarely does justice to the experience of young people, who often exhibit a complex set of behaviors …

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2 Simple Tips to Create a Welcoming, Trauma-Informed Classroom Space

Whether you’re leading a mindfulness class, an academic class, or a therapy group, it’s important to create a healing-centered, growth-oriented space where youth feel respected and comfortable. On the first day of class, I like to discuss openly the types of behavior that will help everyone to feel safe in the group and that will …

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[Vlog] Teaching Mindful Eating To Adolescents

[Click for Mindful Eating Activity PDF] Learn about how to help youth impacted by trauma! Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth is a completely online, semi self-paced, and affordable training that will teach you the basics of a trauma-informed approach. Get updates on exact course dates and exclusive pre-launch discount codes! Thanks! Check your …

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Cultivating the Lion Mind: A Mindfulness Metaphor that Sticks

Whenever I teach mindfulness to teenagers I try as best as possible to incorporate the use of metaphor. I find that with teens (let alone people) metaphors access a different part of a person’s ability to relate to information. I often ask the youth I work with how they’d define mindfulness. For those I haven’t …

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