Event Recaps

At CCFW, we strive to share knowledge through education, professional training, and outreach to the community. Check out the recaps below for highlights from a few of our previous events. 

Public Lecture: Dr. Rick Hanson

Growing Happiness

March 22, 2016

Event recap coming soon.

Public Lecture: Philip Zelazo, Ph.D.

Executive Function and the Developing Brain

Dec 7, 2015

by Page Pless

On December 7, 2015, Dr. Philip David Zelazo, from the Institute of Child Development (ICD), University of Minnesota, addressed the growing interest in executive function in childhood over the last 15 years from scientists, parents, educators, mental health professionals, economists and policy makers. His public lecture titled “Executive Function and the Developing Brain, Promoting Healthy Development” delved into the definition, history, case studies and research supporting the importance of executive functionRead more...


Whole U Speaker Series: 

Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.

Courage and Compassion

May 13, 2015

by Dr. Liliana Lengua and Dr. Jessica Sommerville, May 15, 2015

On Wednesday May 13th the UW and Seattle community were fortunate to participate in a visit and lecture by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, a former Buddhist monk, Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Cambridge University, and principal English translator for the Dalai Lama. Jinpa was talking about his new book, A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives. Read more...

Professional Training:
Molly Lawlor, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate


Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom 

Dec 6, 2014

Presentation Slides

Public Lecture: Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D.


Cultivating Kindness and Compassion in Children

Dec 5, 2014

by Kristina Ponischil, December 8, 2014

On Friday December 5, Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl addressed the growing body of research supporting the importance of promoting children’s social and emotional learning (SEL), especially within the classroom. Her public lecture titled “Cultivating Kindness and Compassion in Children: Recent Research and Practical Strategies” delved into some of the SEL initiatives occurring in Canada and the US, and explored questions around the roots of empathy, whether empathy and compassion can be taught, and best practices for promoting happiness and altruism in ourselves and the children with whom we interact. Read more...

Presentation slides

Professional Training:
Robert Roeser, Ph.D. and Margaret Cullen, LMFT

The Science and Practice of Compassion

July 11-13, 2014

Download Referenced Articles:

Bloom, P. (2010). The moral life of babies. New York Times Magazine3.

Cullen Interview on Types of Buddhism

Cullen, M. (2011). Mindfulness-based interventions: an emerging phenomenon.Mindfulness2(3), 186-193.

Goetz, J. L., Keltner, D., & Simon-Thomas, E. (2010). Compassion: an evolutionary analysis and empirical review. Psychological bulletin136(3), 351-374.

Mikulincer, M., & Shaver, P. R. (2005). Attachment security, compassion, and altruism. Current directions in psychological science14(1), 34-38.

Schore, A. N. (2005). Back to basics attachment, affect regulation, and the developing right brain: linking developmental neuroscience to pediatrics.Pediatrics in Review26(6), 204-217.

Seppala, E. (2013). The compassionate mind: Science shows why it’s health and how it spreads. APS Observer, 26, 5.

UW Lecture:
Liliana Lengua, Ph.D. and Suzanne Kerns, Ph.D.

Whole U Speaker Series: Mindful Parenting

by Lauren Updyke, May 2, 2014

One of my favorite jobs of all time is being a mom. It is a hard job, but so rewarding and so fun. I am inspired by my own mother. She spent so much time with us and stayed at home for 10 years so quality time was never an issue, especially since modern technology really didn’t exist. As a working mom who feels pulled to my cell phone, the quality time equation has shifted and this parenting seminar was exactly what I needed and apparently what a ton of other UW faculty and staff needed. Read more...

Presentation Video

Download Presentation Slides:
The ABC's of Parenting Presentation Slides (Suzanne Kerns, Ph.D)
Parenting with Mindfulness Presentation Slides Part 1 (Liliana Lengua, Ph.D.)
Parenting with Mindfulness Presentation Slides Part 2 (Liliana Lengua, Ph.D.)

Public Lecture: Dr. Richard Davidson

Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind

by Kristina Ponischil, March 27, 2014

Why is it that some people respond to life’s slings and arrows with resilience while others fall apart? What accounts for these individual differences? How do we promote effective coping strategies and more importantly, is it even possible to change coping habits? These were just a few of the notable questions posed by Dr. Richard Davidson at CCFW’s 2nd annual Mindful Living and Practice Public Lecture. Read more...

Parenting Workshop: Jon & Myla Kabat-Zinn

"Mindfulness is a verb, not a noun."

by Victoria Tennant, February 5, 2014

Mindful parenting is not an ideal state to achieve; it is an on-going practice of getting in touch with ourselves and our children, and connecting with intuitive common sense. These remarks by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn set the tone for their daylong workshop in Seattle, exploring: Dropping in on the Present Moment; Awareness and Presence with Children; Practicing Acceptance; Reacting vs. Responding to Children. Read more...

Public Lecture: Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Self-Compassion - A Practice for Parenting

by Fred Ingham, December 15, 2013

Dr. Kristin Neff spoke on December 5 at Kane Hall in Seattle WA, in an event organized by the Center for Child and Family Wellness at the University of Washington. Dr. Neff, currently an Associate Professor at UT-Austin, is the originator of academic interest in the concept of "self-compassion", which brings together elements of Buddhist practice and Western psychology. It is an approach that has been shown to foster wellness and effectiveness in a range of experimental settings, and one that seems promising when applied to parenting. Read more...

Public Lecture: Dr. Dan Siegel

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

by Fred Ingham, March 1, 2013

On March 1, Dr. Dan Siegel gave the inaugural public lecture for the new “Mindful Living and Practice” initiative at the University of Washington's Center for Child and Family Well-Being. The topic was his recent book, "The Whole Brain Child". His goal in the book, and the lecture, was to provide information and practical tools to parents based on the latest research on brain health and development. Read more...

Public Lecture: Stuart Shanker, Ph.D.

The Development of Self-regulation

November 29, 2011

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