Professional Events

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The workshops and trainings below are tailored for health and mental health workers, educators, and others serving children and their families. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Professional Events
Larissa G. Duncan, Ph.D.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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This presentation will provide an overview of mindful parenting, which is an approach to bringing principles and practices of mindfulness, compassion, self-compassion, and lovingkindess into everyday parenting interactions. In particular, we will focus on how to set the stage for mindful parenting by beginning these practices during pregnancy, and integrating them throughout childbirth, infancy, and early childhood. We will discuss barriers and supports to practicing mindfulness and mindful parenting and cover some of the empirical evidence about the benefits of programs to support these qualities in the perinatal period and during parent-child interactions.  The session will include strategies for professionals and parents/caregivers to use to support attentive, caring, calm family relationships.  Together, we will engage in experiential practices from mindfulness, mindful parenting, and mindful self-compassion programs.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:  

  1. Describe the dimensions of mindful parenting as commonly taught and measured. 
  2. Describe the benefits of mindfulness training during pregnancy..
  3. Identify at least two core mindful parenting practices (e.g., self-compassion in parenting, lovingkindess for oneself as a parent/caregiver and for one’s child).

Workshop fee: 

$50.00, includes a Certificate of Completion for 3 hours for licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State.

Financial Assistance:

A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at:  Important Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the workshop. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.

About the presenter: 

Larissa G. Duncan, Ph.D., is the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Duncan is internationally recognized for her development of a framework to promote and assess mindful parenting as well as her work to bring mindfulness and compassion training to pregnant women, children/adolescents, and families in school, community, and medical contexts. Dr. Duncan employs mixed methods to study the biological and psychological pathways through which contemplative practices may support healthy child and family development as enhancements to other evidence-based strategies for prevention and lifecourse health promotion. She is committed to working to improve the cultural relevance of these approaches to increase their impact in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in child and family well-being and advance health equity. Additional biographical information here: