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 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.

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

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

This second webinar explored 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, shared their experience of 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.

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 explored how early childhood programs and systems use mindfulness and self-compassion to support providers and the families and communities they serve. Participants learned about the different approaches diverse early childhood organizations are taking to adapt and integrate mindfulness and compassion in order to deeply inform organizational culture and systems change.

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

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