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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Professional Events
Robyn Long, MA, E-RYT
Introduction to Mindfulness for Children and Youth  »  CCFW

In this session we will review the latest research related to mindfulness and pediatric populations. You will come away with an understanding of the physiological and psychological benefits of different programs. We will also:

  • Learn about the types of mindfulness programs offered for this population in educational, clinical, and community settings.
  • Discuss strategies for sharing mindfulness with children and youth.
  • Learn basic practices to share with this population.

Registration required. Please register here.

 About the Presenter

Robyn Long leads CCFW's community outreach and dissemination efforts. She has completed several teacher-training programs in yoga and mindfulness, including specialized courses for children, youth, cancer, trauma, disabilities, and pregnancy. Prior to joining CCFW, she facilitated a community-research yoga program for pediatric cancer patients and their families at the University of Calgary. At Perkins School for the Blind she developed and led a yoga programs for children and teens with visual impairment and deafblindness. Robyn has also lead global partnership building initiatives at Harvard School of Public Health and facilitated mindfulness and health programs for refugees in the Middle East. She is the lead author of the book "Yoga Thrive for Youth: Practices to promote wellness during and after cancer treatment" (2015, University of Calgary). 

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00pm | Retreat Sat, Nov 5, 2016, 9am-3pm (retreat location TBD)  »  CCFW

Registration is required. Please register here.

Course Description

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program originally designed over thirty years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The course has a basis in eastern psychology and is very applicable to modern secular life. Mindfulness is the practice of sustained focus, self-regulation, self-exploration, and self-liberation with an accepting, open and kind attitude. This practice can produce calmness and expanded awareness. Neurophysiological studies have shown increased brain growth and function in areas of emotional control and executive function in as little as 8 weeks. Research shows decreased stress, improved self-image, and improved emotional regulation. Improved concentration and less anxiety are common outcomes.

Class Dates

8-week course on Wednesday evenings for 2.5 hours
September 28 – November 16, 2016 from 6:30 - 9:00pm
Retreat: Saturday November 5 (9:00am - 3:00pm)

Course Fees

$325.00 regular registration
$330.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$243.75 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number
Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email mindful@uw.edu

About the Instructor

Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness  and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles. Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.

"The best part of the class was interacting with Dr. Berger, experiencing his good heart, the daily practice of meditating, and the frequent practice of mindfulness during each day. As a result of the class activities, I feel much more connected to myself, more calm and peaceful, happy."

"I like the way Rick led the class with gentleness and patience. He led us, but at the same time made it seem he was on the journey with us."

"Rick did a great job at teaching the material and was welcoming and accessible and made it seem so easy. I appreciated his humor too!" 

"Rick Berger was wise, present, patience, funny, and accepting."

"I enjoyed Richard's cheerful patient attitude."

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Robyn Long
6:00 - 7:00pm  »  CCFW

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is requested. Please register here.

Mindful Movement combines gentle yoga stretches and breathing practices to promote focus and relaxation.  Linking the breath with each movement is an excellent foundation for building a home meditation practice. Programs incorporating yoga poses, breathing, and meditation practices have been found to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (aka, the relaxation response). Studies have also shown that yoga can decrease inflammation, increase attention and self-regulation, as well as promote overall health and well-being.

All stretches will be done sitting in a chair or standing. No experience or special equipment is needed – all you need for class is your breath! Participants will receive handouts to inspire their home practice.

About the Instructor

Robyn is passionate about sharing yoga as a form of mindfulness with people from all backgrounds. She has been teaching meditation and yoga for seven years in a variety of settings. She values, practices, and draws upon all of yoga’s tools, including asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), and dhyana (meditation). Robyn has completed yoga and meditation teacher training programs at the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation (Chennai, India; 1,000 hours) and the New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics (Boston, MA; 200 hours). She also has specialized training in yoga for cancer patients and survivors, yoga for children, yoga for persons with disabilities, and prenatal and postnatal yoga. More at www.robynlongyoga.com  

Monday, October 10, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Elizabeth Lin, MD
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:30pm; Retreat: Sun, Nov 20, 2016, 12:30pm-4:30pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required. Please register here.

Course Description

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a well-researched and effective 8-week program developed by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff.  This class helps participants develop the habits of being kinder to ourselves and others, and living with more ease and well-being in our daily life. Mindful self-compassion is a first step in emotional healing. We learn to be-friend oneself, and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity and love, rather than self-judgment, or self-criticism.

In the weekly program, participants will learn through activities such as meditation, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion and home practices. Learning is mostly experiential and includes current theory and research on self-compassion. 

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts resilience, happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as healthy eating and exercise.  MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of recognizing moments of difficulty, and repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves. It extends cultivation of that same desire beyond ourselves to all living beings to live happily and free from suffering.

Perhaps most importantly, cultivating self-compassion allows one to honor and accept our humanness. Things will not always go the way we want them to. We often encounter frustrations and losses. We make mistakes and bump up against our limitations, or fall short of our ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by us all. The more we open our heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more we will be able to feel compassion for ourselves and all our fellow humans.

Class Dates

8-week course on Monday evenings for 2.5 hours
October 10 – November 28, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:30pm
Retreat: Sunday, November 20 (12:30pm - 4:30pm)

Course Fees

$335.00 regular registration
$340.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$251.25 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number
Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email mindful@uw.edu

About the Instructor

Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Elizabeth is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the School of Medicine, University of Washington, and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Elizabeth and her team have conducted innovative research to improve mind-body health in general medical settings, which have been adopted worldwide. Elizabeth has had a daily meditation practice for more than 25 years.  She has trained extensively with leaders in mindfulness programs, and began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 4 years ago. She has trained with Drs. Chris Germer and Kristen Neff, to become a teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion.  

Comments from Past Participants in Dr. Lin's classes

"Dr. Lin is a wonderful, caring, respectful and well-prepared instructor and did a fantastic job teaching this class. I particularly appreciated her taking time to answer questions in a thoughtful way. This, along with the content of what she said, was most enlightening for me, because I have begun to pause and take more time in my own communications with other people." 

"Elizabeth is a welcoming and receptive instructor and communicated her own enthusiasm for a mindfulness approach to life in general. I liked how she used her own experience as a student of mindfulness over many years." 

"Elizabeth is very thoughtful, non-judgmental, humble, and caring."

“You (Elizabeth) truly are gifted at drawing people together and toward our best selves!”

“I did not expect the life-changing experience that it (the class) turned out to be. Thank you for giving me back to my family and myself.”

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Ann Hollar, M.Ed.
4:00 - 5:15pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required. Please register here.

Course Description

Is your teen driven to distraction? Overwhelmed with keeping up socially on-line and off? Stressed about homework? Caught up in negative thinking? In this six week course we will touch on many aspects of mindfulness that will help your teen navigate these exciting and complex high school years. This course is intended for high school aged teenagers (14-19 years old). Class size will range between 10 and 20 students. 

Last year, 100% of teens who took this class at CCFW said they would recommend it to a friend. Mindfulness helped...

  • 100% of the class calm down when upset or stressed
  • 93% be better listeners
  • 79% make better decisions
  • 71% avoid fights or arguments

After taking Mindfulness 101, teens said: 

"I use at least one thing I learned in the mindfulness class every day, and it's been very helpful to keep my mind organized and keep myself centered. The breathing exercises help me relax in stressful situations."

"Mindfulness helps me focus and relax at the same time. The class was great since it was all high school students with the same pressures of homework, tests and friends. The lessons and meditation help me find calm and step back to see the bigger picture."

"I learned how to listen to others way better (friends, family, teachers). The breathing exercise also helps me fall asleep."

"Life can be overwhelming and this helps a lot."

"Mindfulness has helped me put more effort into trying to discern what is real vs. imagined."

"If I just focus on one thing at a time I am better off."

"I was pretty upset going to a class at school, and I used mindful walking to calm down."

"Bad grade on a quiz - I acknowledged sadness but didn't let it hold me back. Missed a shot in soccer - moved past it and scored."

"Ann's class made learning about mediation not only relatable but also enjoyable. I looked forward to going to her class as well as employing her methods in circumstances that I normally would have been unsure of what to do in. Working with Ann was a pleasure, and I look forward to continuing the use of mediation in stressful and foreign circumstances. Thank you Ann!"

Schedule

Sundays, 4:00 - 5:15pm October 16 - November 20, 2016

Please note that class on November 20 will start later and run from 5:30 - 6:45pm.

Week 1 Oct 16: Brain, Body, Breath - Understanding the basics

Week 2 Oct 23: Home Sweet Home - Creating a sense of ease within ourselves

Week 3 Oct 30: Driven to Distraction - Learning how to focus attention

Week 4 Nov 6: Making Sense of your Senses - Slowing down and noticing

Week 5 Nov 13: Riding the Storm - Being with, not thrown, by strong emotions

Week 6 Nov 20 (class will be from 5:30-6:45pm): Giving Thanks - The power of gratitude and kindness

Course Fees

$150.00: Regular registration
$112.50 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number
Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email mindful@uw.edu

About the Instructor

Ann Hollar is a mindfulness instructor in Seattle. She has a M. Ed from the University of Washington, focusing her thesis on “Mindfulness in Education:  The Secular Intersection of Buddhism and Neuroscience.” She currently teaches mindfulness to students in both public and private elementary, middle and high schools. She has been trained in both the MindUp and Mindful Schools curricula and has recently completed Mindful Schools Year-Long Instructor Certification Program. Her personal integration of mindfulness is constantly being kept alive via interactions with her three tween and teenaged boys.

"Thank you for creating a safe, nurturing space for our children to establish their own practice of mindfulness and appreciation. Through your course, we saw a gentle shift as our kids practiced noticing their thoughts, focusing their attention, and expanding their capacity for gratitude. Having "homework" helped them naturally establish a practice that carried over long after your classes were complete. Thank you for laying the groundwork for a practice that can help them through the inevitable stress of adolescence and beyond."

"Our daughter loved learning ways to relax and de -stress from Ann. She creates a safe, compassionate community where our daughter found inner peace."  

"Students are experiencing higher levels of stress and Ann's class offers strategies and alternatives which allow them to feel less anxious, more balanced and more capable of managing the stress." 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Family Events
Robyn Long, MA, E-RYT
6:00 - 7:30 pm  »  CCFW

What is the mind-body connection? We’ll learn about this concept and practice relaxation strategies that help us connect with ourselves and family members. This event will be led by Robyn Long.

Registration is required. Please register here.

About the Presenter

Robyn leads CCFW’s community outreach and dissemination efforts. She has completed several teacher-training programs in yoga and mindfulness, including specialized courses for children, youth, cancer, trauma, disabilities, and pregnancy. Prior to joining CCFW, she facilitated community-research yoga programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families at the University of Calgary. At Perkins School for the Blind she developed and led a yoga program for children and teens with visual impairment and deafblindness. Robyn has also led global partnership-building initiatives at the Harvard School of Public Health and facilitated mindfulness and health programs for refugees in the Middle East. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Professional Events
Liliana Lengua, PhD
6:00 - 7:30 pm  »  CCFW

Learn about this growing research area and discuss relevant studies on the effects of mindfulness on parents and their children. We will also learn how mindfulness can be shared with families in community settings, including early learning setting.

Registration is required. Please register here

About the Presenter

Liliana Lengua, Ph.D., UW Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, is a child clinical psychologist and a mother of 3 children. She is an internationally recognized expert on children's vulnerable and resilient responses to stress, demonstrating how paretning and children's temperament contributes to children's unique responses to stress. She is also recognized for her research on the effects of stress and disadvantage on parenting and children's social-emotional development, and has developed an evidenced-based parenting program infused with mindfulness practices to enhance parenting effectiveness. She has been the principal investigator of several federally funded research projects and is the author of over 80 published papers. She serves on the steering committee for the CDC funded Washington State Essentials for Childhood Initiative, collaborates with the Harvard Center for the Developing Child Frontiers of Innovation, and serves on the board of trustees for Neighborhood House, a private, nonprofit and anti-poverty organization. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Maya Nader
6:00 - 7:00pm  »  CCFW

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is requested. Please register here.

This session is inspired by Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), which combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and research. CCT is an eight week program designed to strengthen resilience, increase connection with others, and provide a general sense of well-being. Research demonstrates that CCT increases compassion for others, from others, and for self. It also increases mindfulness skills, self-efficacy, care for self and others, and the mind wandering toward pleasant topics. CCT has also been found to decrease worry and mind wandering onto unpleasant topics.

About the Instructor

Maya is a certified CCT instructor by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Maya earned her B.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. She moved to the US in 1989, at the height of the Lebanese war. As she continued her quest for peace in her country and region, Maya obtained a Master’s degree in Communication and Marketing from Boston University. She speaks French, Arabic, and English and is grateful for the cultural richness these languages encompass. Through this lens, Maya views compassion as a bridge between cultures and religions and as the cornerstone of a more peaceful world. In her teaching CCT, Maya continues to practice self-help and assist others in broadening compassion, which ultimately creates opportunities for peace. More on Maya at mayanader.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Family Events
Lenna L. Liu, MD, MPH
6:00 - 7:30 pm  »  CCFW

How can mindfulness help us create healthier habits? Discover everyday mindful eating practices through fun activities. This event will be led by Dr. Lenna Liu.

Registration is required. Please register here.

About the Presenter

Lenna L. Liu, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She practices general pediatrics at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. Dr. Liu is active locally and nationally on childhood obesity prevention and management efforts, particularly with an emphasis on health disparities and low-income populations.  She is the physician lead for the Seattle Children’s Obesity Program which includes clinical services, education, research and advocacy. She is also trained in yoga, meditation and mindfulness and working to bring mindfulness and mindful eating to pediatrics and obesity prevention.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Professional Events
Lenna L. Liu, MD, MPH
6:00 - 7:30 pm  »  CCFW

Consider viewing childhood obesity through a different lens of mindfulness and mindful eating. Experience mindful eating practices and get some ideas to incorporate into your practice.  This event will be led by Dr. Lenna Liu. 

Registration is required. Please register here.

About the Presenter

Lenna L. Liu, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She practices general pediatrics at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. Dr. Liu is active locally and nationally on childhood obesity prevention and management efforts, particularly with an emphasis on health disparities and low-income populations.  She is the physician lead for the Seattle Children’s Obesity Program which includes clinical services, education, research and advocacy. She is also trained in yoga, meditation and mindfulness and working to bring mindfulness and mindful eating to pediatrics and obesity prevention.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Diane Hetrick
6:00 - 7:00pm  »  CCFW

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Registration is requested. Please register here.

The number one obstacle to our experience of cultivating compassion is ’being too busy’ – ‘too busy’ to notice or to care or to think we have enough energy.   At this typically ‘busy’ time of year, join us for this session where we will invite in presence, patience and other wonderful qualities of mindfulness and compassion.  We will practice an affectionate breathing practice and offer wishes of compassion to ourselves and others.

About the Instructor

Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives.

She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle area. More at: http://www.dianehetrick.com/

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Professional Events
Felice Orlich, PhD
6:00 - 7:30 pm  »  CCFW

Registration is require. Please register here

About the Presenter

Dr. Felice Orlich is a pediatric neuropsychologist and the Director of Community Outreach at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington Medical School and an attending at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has been integrally involved in developing and implementing start-of-the-art models of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan for the past 17 years. Her research is focused on improving quality of life in individuals with ASD. She is interested in how integrative treatment approaches, spanning the community, clinic and home environments improve outcomes for individuals with ASD.