Professional Events

Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS) Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) 

This professional lecture series will review the state of research on each topic, provide participants with suggested readings, and introduce short practices to share with students, clients, and patients. These events are tailored for health and mental health workers, teachers, and others serving children and their families. Two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for each seminar upon completion of assigned readings and a short quiz. 1.5 MERIT hours are also available.

All lectures are focused on mindfulness, children, and parents. The cost is $40.00 per session. UW Affilitate price $30 per session (25% discount).

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

Registration is require. Please register here

Explore the emerging research on mindfulness-based interventions for children and adolescents with special needs. Mindfulness-based practices are a readily accessible approach for this broad group of children and teens. Considerations of when to use mindfulness and strategies for practice will be discussed with an eye towards integration across environments.

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.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Professional Events
Sharon Stanley, Ph.D.
9:00am - 5:00pm  »  CCFW

This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and insight necessary to recognize the physical, mental, and emotional effects of historical trauma and cultural legacies of resilience. We will explore strategies to support clients in working through this trauma, as well as self-care practices to manage the contagious effects of unresolved trauma. 

Registration is required and will open in mid-November. 


Research demonstrates that the emotional and physical effects of trauma can be traced to historical experiences of slavery, oppression, war, immigration, poverty and other dehumanizing events. The intergenerational transmission of trauma radically disrupts the autonomic nervous system, resulting in chronic patterns of intense emotion, destructive behavior and physical illness. Knowledge of this trauma can enable mental health practitioners to support clients in identifying and regulated their disrupted emotional states.

In addition, while treating traumatized clients, mental health practitioners are vulnerable to the contagion of unresolved trauma. Awareness of the personal effects of historical adversity allows self-compassion and creativity to break the bonds of traumatic suffering that are held in immobilizing states of shame and powerlessness. With self-compassion and other mindful somatic practices, practitioners can strengthen their resiliency to the effects of vicarious trauma. This enhanced resiliency bolsters their effectiveness working with clients and prevents compassion fatigue and burn-out.

Workshop Format and Objectives

This workshop will include research presentations, reflective processing, dyadic practice, group discussion, and videos to explore the following topics:

  • Introduction to intergenerational trauma
  • Epigenesis and Attachment Processes
  • Experiences of specific cultural groups and trauma-related responses
  • Cultural traditions for regulation and resilience
  • Changing neurological patterns of dysregulation
  • Somatic practices to enhance self-compassion

At the end of the workshop, participants will recognize the physical, mental and emotional effects of historical trauma as well as cultural-based legacies for survival and healing. This knowledge can enhance self-compassion to shift a sense of shame, judgment and helplessness regarding distressing behavior. With self-compassion comes an empowered ability to care for the self and others by regulating the autonomic nervous system. As participants enter into mindful relational connection within themselves and others, we will identify sensations that indicate neural dysregulation and explore bodily based interventions they are able to achieve inner compassion, calm, creativity and productive social engagement.   

About the Presenter

Sharon Stanley, Ph.D. is an educator and psychotherapist in the field of trauma and has developed creative, body-centered relational practices to regulate and transform the physical and emotional reactions that come with adversity.  Her integration of current research in interpersonal neurobiology and ancient indigenous and traditional wisdom are at the core of her recent book published by Routledge, "Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past". Sharon has spent many years teaching somatic psychotherapy for healing historical trauma to First Nations People in Canada, psychiatrists in Israel and psychotherapists in Belfast Ireland. Sharon leads educational seminars for practitioners working with people with trauma and has a small psychotherapy practice on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Learn more about Sharon and Somatic Transformation at:

Fees and Workshop Details

The workshop is Saturday, March 18, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Participants will have a one-hour lunch break. We have refrigerators and you may bring lunch, or there are several places walking distance for lunch in the UW vicinity.

This workshop will be limited to 25 people.


$190.00 regular registration (includes certificate of completion for CEUs)
$142.50 (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