Fri, Dec 15|
Exploring Grief Through Mindfulness and Expressive Arts Practices for System Involved Youth
Basha* Star & Ursula Elsa
Time & Location
Dec 15, 2023, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
About the Event
Basha* Star & Ursula Elsa
There is a lot of pain and suffering in our world, and youth, in particular, are often sensitive and in tune with the grief and challenges around them and in their lives. In this training, we will offer skills and practices for those who serve and support system involved youth to recognize the signs of grief, and expand their capacity to support grief tending for any big transitions and change, including but not exclusively around death and dying. We will learn mindfulness practices for grief as it arises in the moment, ongoing grief tending, and creative arts practices to support youth in navigating the grief they may be holding.
● Identify 5 signs of grief for system involved youth
● Acquire 3 mindfulness practices which can be used for grounding into multi-layered emotions
● Acquire 2 creative and expressive arts activities which can be used to process grief with young people
11:00-11:15am Welcome, Orientation & Overview of Day
11:15-11:30am Facilitator and Participant Intros
11:30-11:45am Embodied mindfulness practice
11:45am-12pm Compassion practice for honoring the spectrum of emotions
12:00-12:15pm What is grief - an expanded exploration of the many arms of grief
12:15-12:30pm Reflection practice around grief
12:30-12:45pm Pair Share in break out rooms
12:45-1:00pm Group share & Discussion
1:00-1:45pm Lunch break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
1:45-2:00pm Mindfulness practice
2:00-2:15pm Grief for Transitions in Life
2:15-2:30pm Rituals for marking transitions
2:30-2:45pm The impact of untended grief on the body and emotions
2:45-3:00pm Expressive Arts Modalities for Grief Tending
3:00-3:15pm Expressive Arts practice for exploring grief
3:15-3:30pm Small group share
3:30-3:45pm Group share + Reflections
Meet Our Trainer
Basha* star was raised and rooted in the Bay Area. She practices as a Priestess supporting ancestral connection and offering spiritual counsel. She has been working in mental health support services for over 20 years currently focusing on DEI work in the mental health non-profit sector in Alameda County.
Ursula Elsa (they/she) was born and raised in the beautiful land of the Bay Area, Ohlone Territory. She has been teaching mindfulness and nature connection to youth in the Bay Area for 8 years and is currently leading rites of passage and nature connection programming for Gaia Passages. Ursula is passionate about creating programming for LGBTQI+ and neurodiverse communities. She is also a trained doula and an advocate of parent’s rights in the birth community.
This course meets the qualifications for (4.25) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.