Tue, Sep 19|
Mindfulness Practices to Support System Involved Youth with Developing Healthy Boundaries, Communication, and Empathy
Time & Location
Sep 19, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT
About the Event
Learning healthy and direct communication, building awareness of one’s needs, and being able to assert boundaries are all important skills for system-involved youth. Building empathy supports both providers and system-involved youth to be able to listen to others, practice effective and compassionate communication, and build healthy boundaries. Through embodied and experiential practices and mindfulness activities, we will explore how to bring self-awareness and compassion to supporting system-involved youth in developing these skills. We will engage in practices to support youth in developing empathy and understanding for others and tools that can support their communication in relationships through conflict and repair.
● Explain how to frame boundaries for system involved youth from a place of empowerment, mindfulness, and self-love.
● Identify and acquire at least 2 mindfulness based expressive arts activities that can be used to encourage youth to explore self-awareness, acceptance, compassion and empathy.
● Identify and acquire at least 2 mindfulness-based activities to support system involved youth in discovering healthy boundaries and tools for communicating consent based conversations
10:00-10:30am Welcome: Introductions, logistics, housekeeping and opening practice
10:30-10:45am Self Reflection - Communication Style & Relationships in your own life
10:45-11:00am Small Group Share
11:00-11:15am Introduction to Mindfulness and Building Awareness of Needs and Boundaries
11:15-11:30am Compassion and Empathy Building Habits and Practices
11:30am-12:30pm: Mindfulness Activities: Exploring self regulation, healthy boundaries, consent, navigating conflict and repair
12:30-1:15pm Lunch Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
1:15-2:15pm Expressive Arts Activities: Self Acceptance and Self Love, Reflection on Needs in relationships
2:15-3:00pm Cultivating Healthy Communication tools for relationships
3:00-3:30 Facilitation Practice + Adapting Activities for Specific Participants
3:30-4:00pm Closing: Review Participant Packet, Reflections, Takeaways and Wrap-up
Meet Our Trainer
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 (5.25) 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.