Tue, May 24|
Mindful Drawing and Water Coloring for Stress Reduction for System Involved Youth
Time & Location
May 24, 2022, 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
About the Event
Ursula Elsa and Salina Mae
System involved youth may often feel their authenticity and self expression is restrained by school systems, mainstream culture, peers, and family culture. In our current climate of an ongoing pandemic youth may feel those additional layers of anxiety as they navigate the constant uncertainty. Mindfulness based expressive arts offers youth a place to find full
expression, play, and healing. Join this workshop to engage in expressive arts modalities of drawing and watercoloring to support young people in finding their creative voice while bringing compassion and presence to their stress and anxiety. Please bring some basic art supplies to this workshop, paper, coloring markers or pencils, scissors, and glue. While not
mandatory, if you have access to and feel inspired to play with watercolors, paints, paintbrushes, glitter, puffy paint or any other fun additions, bring them along, you can incorporate them!
● Learn how to create a trauma informed space to facilitate expressive arts practices
● Engage in and learn how to facilitate at least 3 mindful watercolor activities to cultivate compassion, empowerment, and presence
● Understand how mindfulness and expressive arts are interconnected
● Discuss how expressive arts activities support anxiety and stress reduction
12:30-1:00pm Welcome, Housekeeping, and Introductions
1:00-1:30pm Mindfulness Practice + Self Reflection
1:30-2:00pm Introduction: How does water color and drawing support support system involved youth?
2:00-2:30pm Activity #1 The basics: Reducing Stress and Anxiety with watercolors
2:30-3:00pm Break (CEUs will not be offered for this time)
3:00-3:30pm Activity#2 Zentangle and mindful doodling
3:30-4:30pm Activity #3 Creating freedom of expression with watercolors
4:30-5:00pm Activity #4 Coloring outside the lines: Finding your authenticity
5:00-5:15pm Customizing watercolors for your Clients
5:15-5:30pm Closing and Feedback and Course Evaluations
Meet Our Trainers
Salina Mae (she/her/hers), is a Bay Area born and raised community leader with over 20 years experience
serving California schools both as a K-12 classroom teacher and as a mindfulness coach and consultant. She
specializes in building creative, inspired, and socially awake trainings and curricula that lead to action in the
areas of mindfulness, social justice, and systems change. Salina is a certified yoga teacher, a dedicated
mentor and advocate for LGBTQI+ youth and is currently a Director with The Teaching Well in Oakland, Ca.
Salina Mae brings her whimsy, imagination, and passion for collective liberation to create ritual and rites of
passage that support communities in transforming themselves from the inside out.
This course meets the qualifications for (4.5) BBS CEUs 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.