Wed, May 31|
Mindfulness and Expressive Arts Practices to Develop Self-Acceptance, Compassion and Empathy with System Involved Youth
Time & Location
May 31, 2023, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT
About the Event
System involved youth can often feel their authenticity and self-expression is restrained by school systems, mainstream culture, peers, and family culture. Mindfulness based expressive arts offers system involved youth a place to find full expression, play, and healing. Join this workshop to engage in expressive arts activities to support system involved youth in finding their creative voice while navigating their anxiety mindfully. This workshop will lead participants through experiential art practices and activities to support system involved youth to develop self-acceptance, compassion and empathy.
● Participants will be able to identify at least 1 trauma informed mindfulness practice that could be beneficial for system involved youth.
● Participants will be able to explain how expressive arts activities can support anxiety reduction for system involved youth.
● Participants will acquire at least 4 expressive arts activities which can support system involved youth in developing self-acceptance, compassion and empathy.
10:00-10:20am Welcome, Housekeeping, and Mindfulness Practice
10:20-10:45am Self Reflection - Art and Creativity Practices
10:45-11:15am Expressive arts Activity: Exploring the Inner Critic & Finding your Voice
11:15-11:30am Engaging and Befriending the Inner Critic
11:30am-12:15pm Expressive Arts Activity: Self Acceptance and Celebration
12:15-12:30pm Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
12:30-12:40pm Mindfulness Practices
12:40-1:10pm Expressive Arts Activities: Self Compassion and Empathy Building
1:10-1:30pm Facilitator Practice - Reflection and Integration
1:30-1:45pm Customizing expressive arts for your system involved youth
1:45-2:00pm Closing and Feedback
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 (3.75) 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.