December 5, 2014
Free Public Lectures
Kimberly Schonert-Riechl, Ph.D.
Cultivating Kindness and Compassion in Children
7-8:30p  »  Kane Hall 220

Registration required (closes 12/5/14). Please register here.

Understanding the factors that children and youth need to be successful in school and in life has long been an important objective for researchers, parents, and educators interested in the promotion of competence and the prevention of educational, psychological, and behavioural problems. Informed, in part, from recent research in the area of cognitive developmental neuroscience, the past decade has seen an abundance of research documenting the critical role that self-regulation, emotions, and social processes, such as social and emotional understanding and empathy, play in children’s successful development. This presentation will begin with a brief review of ground breaking research that has emerged that demonstrates the importance of promoting children’s social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools and describe how recent innovations in developmental neuroscience can inform these efforts.

Dr. Schonert-Reichl will describe some of the SEL initiatives in Canada and the US that are taking place, and highlight her own recent research evaluating a universal school-based social and emotional competence promotion programs – MindUP – a program developed from research and theory in the fields of developmental neuroscience, mindful attention awareness, SEL, and positive psychology.  A discussion of both processes and mechanisms that underlie children’s social and emotional development in schools and practical implications for the promotion of children’s self-regulation, empathy, compassion, and kindness will be discussed.

Dr. Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. She began her professional career first as a middle school teacher and then as a high school teacher for youth “at risk.” For over 20 years she has been conducting research in the area of the child and adolescent social and emotional learning (SEL) and development with a particular emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that foster positive development, such as empathy, optimism, and altruism.

December 6, 2014
Professional Trainings
Molly Lawlor, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom
9a-12p  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 12/5/15). Please register here.

In this session, participants will be introduced to mindfulness, commonly defined as an open, non-judgmental awareness to the present moment. The application of mindfulness practices for children will be discussed within the framework of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The latest research within the emerging field of mindfulness practice with children will be presented along with considerations for implementation in the classroom context. Participants will be offered experiential learning with guided mindfulness practice. Concepts will be expanded to discuss practical tools for children and how these can be implemented within the classroom context to support mindful awareness, social emotional competencies, and increased engagement.

Molly Lawlor, M.A. is the primary author of the Mind-Up program, a trainer for the program and a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her research includes, but not limited to, the effects of mindfulness-based education on pre- and early adolescents' well-being and social and emotional competence. Specifically, Molly is investigating prosocialness, mindfulness and psychological adjustment in children and adolescents. Currently, Molly is the Director of Curriculum for Taxi Dog Education, a multi-sensory social-emotional learning program. Molly will speak to the role of mindfulness in education, specific to social and emotional learning and self-regulation.

January 20, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Erin B. Bernau, MSW, LICSW
Listening Mothers™ 8-Week Series
Tuesday mornings, 10:00-11:30am (no class 2/17)  »  CCFW
Pricing is $150 for the series (scholarships are available)
No pre-requisites, though moms do attend the class with their baby and babies should be under six months of age at the beginning of the class.
Listening Mothers™ 8-Week Series
  • Mindful based skills to help reduce stress and encourage balance
  • An environment to discover your own inner wisdom
  • Skilled professionals & mindfully trained facilitators
  • Parent & child self-awareness with a focus on self-regulation, self-compassion and parent and child emotional development
  • Emphasis on the importance of parent/child attachment
  • Parental confidence and empowerment
  • A community of like-minded parents who aspire to be the best parents they can be and are willing to embark on the parenting journey with an open mind, curiosity and willingness to explore
Program Goals
  • Better child/parent self-awareness
  • Healthier parent/child attachment
  • Parental confidence and empowerment
  • Promotion of thoughtful, respectful, compassionate, and well-adjusted children and adults


Week 1: Introduction to the four corners of the Listening Mothers™ curriculum; self-compassion, self-regulation, secure attachment and mindfulness.

Week 2: Discuss baby's emotional development, understand your child’s unique character, explore the demands of motherhood, learn ways to cope with different temperaments.

Week 3: Discuss the concept of ‘falling in love with baby’. Learn how babies communicate and explore the importance of secure attachment.

Week 4: Discuss role models, previous relationships and family experiences, talk about emotional development and practice skills to self-regulate.

Week 5: Discuss your own family and the influence on your parenting style. We will also explore the concept of love.

Weeks 6: Discuss the impact of baby on your relationship, practice listening and understand the importance of modeling intimacy.

Weeks 7: Evaluate the concept and importance of vulnerability, intimacy and gratitude. Discuss maintaining healthy communication. We will look at how mindful based stress reduction skills help overcome hurdles in relationships.

Week 8: Discuss circle of security, separation and transition as your baby grows.

About the Instructor: 
Erin B. Bernau, MSW, LICSW

I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and have worked extensively with families over the past fourteen years. I have worked as a Child Placement Specialist at Amara Parenting and Adoption Services, as well as having done extensive work in the field of children's grief and loss through Hospice of Seattle and Evergreen Healthcare's Bereavement Services. After having my own children, I became interested in the adjustment to parenthood and am committed to supporting families as they make this transition. I completed a program in Infant Observation through COR Northwest Family Development Center. I work as a parent educator at Seattle Central College's Parent Child Center and at Lakewood Cooperative Preschool. I am also a parent coach with Grow Parenting. Having participated in Listening Mothers with my own baby, I know firsthand how helpful and illuminating this experience can be for a new mom.
March 6, 2015 to April 25, 2015
Professional Trainings
Christa Turksma, DRS
Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)
Fridays (3/6 and 3/20) from 5 - 8:30p and Saturdays (3/7, 3/21, and 4/25) from 8:30a - 3:30p  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 3/5/15). Please register here.

Group rates: 
Schools that register 3 or 4 teachers can receive 15% off the listed fees
Schools that register 5+ teachers can receive 25% off the listed fees
Please e-mail for a discount code

Co-leaders: Rebecca Cortes, Ph.D. and Ann Hollar, M.Ed.

Course consists of two half-day training sessions, two full-day training sessions, and a follow-up booster session. 

CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education) is a research based professional development program.  It was developed at the Garrison Institute by Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Associate Professor of Elementary Education at the Curry School of Education, VA, Richard C Brown, an educator  and  founder of the Contemplative Education Department at Naropa  University and Christa Turksma, a clinical psychologist and former elementary school principal.

Care is designed to teach teachers stress reducing techniques and ways to better understand and manage their emotions so they can create and maintain supportive learning environments, reduce burnout and attrition, and build strong relationships with their students to promote positive academic and behavioral outcomes.

Watch "Why CARE for Teachers Matters."