Mindful Parenting: A workshop for all parents and caregivers

Posted by | Oct 4, 2014

by LDAYR and Evoke Learning

While parenthood brings immense amounts of joy, pride, personal growth and other good things to those with children, it can also bring a lot of challenges. Researchers are beginning to find that these challenges can take a toll; parents have significantly higher levels of depression than adults who do not have children.

A recent study from Mt. Sinai hospital in New York highlighted that the greatest source of childhood and adolescent stress is not school work, extracurricular activities, or peer pressure, but parental stress.

Recent research has also demonstrated the positive impact that mindfulness-based techniques can have on the ability to enhance parental/caregiver presence. This in turn increases attunement between the parent/caregiver and the child, by reducing stress and reactivity in both.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the foundations of mindfulness and look at the effects of mindfulness based practices on emotional regulation and stress reduction, which has been shown to create healthier relationships between family members.

This experiential workshop will teach parents and caregivers the art of being fully present with children. Mindfulness-based techniques will be shared and experienced to help parents improve their emotional regulation skills. These techniques allow parents to step out of reactive patterns and move into a place of skillful responses that can enhance the child/parent relationship during unplanned and stressful moments.

Active listening skills will be reviewed highlighting the importance of learning how to place our attention fully on the child. As parents and caregivers we can learn to respond (versus react) with empathy and compassion. In turn, our children can learn to respond with the same traits, which are the keystones of a mindful life.

About the Speaker — Sarah Kinsley BA (Hons.), BEd, MEd Counseling Psychology

Sarah Kinsley is the coordinator of the Embodied Mind stream of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation program in Continuing Education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has been a Primary school teacher, and a Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) in Ontario and abroad. Most recently she served at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) as a Child and Family therapist.

In addition, Sarah works as a facilitator and therapist at The Mindfulness Clinic, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Outward Bound Canada and Mindfulness Without Borders, where she utilizes her training in Mindful-ness-based interventions (MBIs) including extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Sarah teaches classes, workshops and retreats in Canada and abroad, aiming to make each experience unique and accessible to all learners.

November 26, 2014

7:00pm — 9:00pm

York Catholic District School Board Office
320 Bloomington Road West
Aurora, ON L4G 0M1

$50 LDAYR members
$65 Non-LDAYR members

Workshop fees are transferable, but non-refundable.

How to Register:
905-884-7933 x 23