Mindful Self-Compassion Webinar Series

In these challenging times, schools and businesses have closed, families are shut in at home, and COVID-19 cases and deaths are mounting. Families, children, and those of us who work with them face high levels of stress, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and grief. This is especially true for those of us who live and work in communities that are over-burdened and under-resourced.

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center, the Center for Child and Family Well-being at the University of Washington, and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion have teamed up for a three-part webinar series that will introduce families and family-facing providers to mindful self-compassion (MSC) practices to help them care for themselves and each other. Research has shown these practices can greatly enhance emotional well-being, boost resilience, reduce anxiety and depression, and help foster healthy lifestyle habits.

 

Webinar #1:
Mindful Self-Compassion: Heart Skills for Our Families and Ourselves in Challenging Times
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET

This first webinar provided an introduction to MSC, the research that supports it, and a few simple ways we can bring it into our lives during these challenging times. Many people feel uncertain about mindfulness and self-compassion, and wonder whether they really would feel right and work for them. Participants learned how MSC is being practiced in diverse communities around the world, and how it can build resilience in all kinds of families, reduce caregiver burnout, and strengthen relationships. Participants also had a chance to experience MSC through a few brief practice exercises during the webinar.

Moderator:

Joshua Sparrow, MD
Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Presenters:

Christopher Germer, PhD
Co-founder, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC); Co-developer, MSC Program

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC
Founder and Director, Community of Mindful Parenting; Co-founder, Listening Mothers; Certified MSC facilitator

Watch Webinar Here!

 

Webinar #2:
Mindful Self-Compassion: Co-creating Heart Skills with Communities
Wednesday, May 13 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET

This second webinar will explore how communities can create culturally relevant, trauma-informed mindfulness and self-compassion programs. Representatives from a team of parent leaders and health care partners in Seattle, Washington, will share their experience developing community-led mindfulness and self-compassion practices to promote the well-being of youth, families, and communities who are marginalized. Together, they’ve worked to build resilience and collective capacity for social justice and healing.

Moderator:
Joshua Sparrow, MD
Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Presenters:
Kim Arthur, MPH
Clinical Research Scientist, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Shayla Collins
Faculty, Family Leadership Division of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program, University of Washington

Patty González
Parent Coordinator for Spanish-speaking Families at the Arc of King County

Lenna Liu, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

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Webinar #3:
Mindful Self-Compassion: Co-creating Heart Skills in Early Childhood Programs and Systems
Wednesday, June 24 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET

This third webinar will explore how early childhood programs and systems use mindfulness and self-compassion to support their providers and the families and communities they serve. Join us to learn more about the many different approaches diverse early childhood organizations are taking to adapt and integrate mindfulness and compassion to deeply inform organizational culture and systems change.

Moderator:

Joshua Sparrow, MD
Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Presenters:

Maria Gehl, MSW
Project Director, Mindfulness in Early Childhood, ZERO TO THREE

Galia Tyano Ronen, MA
Clinical psychologist, Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, artist

Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD
Executive Director, First 8 Memphis

Watch Webinar Here!