Seminar Detail

Yoga & Mindfulness: Interventions for Trauma and Anxiety in Children & Adolescents
Yoga & Mindfulness: Interventions for Trauma and Anxiety in Children & Adolescents

Where:   SPOKANE, WA

When:  Monday, January 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Yoga and Mindfulness-based techniques are highly effective and cost effective modalities to address trauma and anxiety in children and adolescents. Attend this seminar and learn techniques to:
  • Diminish impulsivity
  • Improve academic performance
  • Help form and maintain relationships
  • Reduce depression
  • Reduce inattention
  • Decrease self-injurious behaviors
  • Improve low self-esteem

Yoga strengthens the connection between the parts of the brain that are involved with emotions, instincts, and thinking, thus helping with emotional regulation and promoting concentration and brain balance. Emotionally children and adolescents feel empowered and in control which increases their self-esteem and capacity to self-regulate, ultimately reducing behavioral outbursts and discipline problems.

In this engaging seminar, you will learn how to integrate yoga and mindfulness practices in your already established relationships with children and adolescents. Melissa will share her passion of engaging and empowering children and adolescents to regain control of their thoughts, feelings and bodies. You will walk away with concrete methods and techniques to help children and adolescents develop emotional literacy, regulate and soothe their minds and bodies, enhance communication and develop healthy relationships. You will emerge with the ability to easily and immediately integrate these cutting-edge evidence-based strategies improving outcomes and leaving your patients and students feeling empowered and in control.
  1. Develop an understanding of how children and adolescents experience trauma from a developmental, psychological and physical perspective.
  2. Identify the common symptomology or skill deficits faced by children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and anxiety.
  3. Describe the benefits of using yoga and mindfulness in treatment with traumatized and anxious children and adolescents.
  4. Learn specific tools and techniques that can be used to address symptomology and skills deficits.
  5. Develop a tool box of possible interventions.
  6. Identify ways to incorporate yoga and mindfulness in your already established clinical practice/classroom.


Melissa J. Mason, LCSW-R, RYT, CRYT, has over 10 years of experience helping hundreds of children, adolescents and families impacted by violence and trauma. She holds a BA in Psychology and Health and Human Services from the University of New York at Buffalo, a Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University, is independently licensed in both Massachusetts and New York and has been extensively trained in the field of trauma, violence, chronic illness and disordered eating. Melissa completed her 200 hour RYT at South Boston Yoga and her child and adolescent yoga training (levels 1-3) in New York through Little Flower Yoga. Melissa has worked in medical, not for profit and school-based settings addressing issues of violence in the home, school and community. She has extensive experience providing individual, family and group therapy to preschool-aged children through adolescents utilizing mediums such as art, play, yoga and mindfulness. Melissa has acted as a private consultant to several agencies serving a diverse group of children and families and has provided clinical supervision to numerous Masters in Social Work students. She has served as a school-based evaluator providing observation, assessment and recommendations to teachers and administrators on practicing positive discipline, fostering the parent/teacher relationship, promoting social and emotional competence in young children and understanding the feelings behind challenging behaviors. Melissa has conducted numerous trainings geared to health care providers, school administrators, teachers, parents and clients.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Melissa Kleinman has a employment relationship with NYU Langone Medical Center. Ms. Kleinman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Melissa Kleinman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

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