Seminar Detail

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids: Improve Emotional Regulation and Increase Attention
Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids: Improve Emotional Regulation and Increase Attention

Where:  CHEYENNE, WY

When:  Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Do you think yoga and mindfulness can help the children you work with, but have no idea where to start? You’ve learned some mindfulness activities, but can’t figure out when and how to use them? Run out of good options for working with your most challenging kids? All children deserve the chance to thrive, and a growing body of research shows that yoga and mindfulness are powerful tools to help navigate a challenging world.

Join Crystal McCreary, MFA, ERYT-500, RCYT, to explore how these practices can help kids soothe the protective part of their brain and engage and exercise the thoughtful part.

You’ll walk away from this engaging seminar with a step-by-step approach for effectively sharing the proven practices of yoga and mindfulness to help children and adolescents who are struggling to regulate their emotions, sustain attention and control impulsive behavior.

Based on a program used with tens of thousands of children in NYC schools, this framework for helping children access the inner resources of their body, breath and mind is comprehensive and effective, as well as accessible even for those with no prior yoga or mindfulness experience.

It’s time to help our kids move away from reactivity and toward balanced engagement with the world, both at home and at school. This seminar combines discussion, lecture, practice and reflection to send you back to your work inspired and empowered with both new tools and a clear knowledge of how to implement them.
Objectives:

  1. Describe the relationship between brain, nervous system, and body, and how yoga and mindfulness can support effective integration and function.
  2. Recognize situations in which yoga and mindfulness practices will be helpful, and understand how to implement them.
  3. Implement yoga and mindfulness practices in an engaging, safe and effective manner.
  4. Maximize children’s capacity for focusing attention in a way that is strength based and supportive of their individual needs.
  5. Help children come into better emotional balance, reduce impulsive behavior, and support their capacity to make good choices.
  6. Identify how to increase your own resilience and effectiveness with mindfulness-based self-care.
OUTLINE

The Neuroscience of Yoga & Mindfulness
  • Soothe the protective brain, engage and exercise the thoughtful brain
  • The brain-body relationship
  • Regulate the nervous system
  • Manage emotions
  • Explore the relationship between attachment, embodiment and attention
Strategies for Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children
  • 8 guidelines to create an emotionally and physically safe space
  • Making practice relevant
  • ADHD considerations
Building Your Toolkit of Practices
  • The Five Elements of Yoga and Mindfulness
    • Connect: Practices to increase present moment awareness of self and others (Mindful Listening, Checking in Worksheet, Caring Feelings Meditation, I Am in Charge)
    • Breathe: Practices to stabilize energy and emotions (Grounding Breath, Empowering Breath, Calming Breath, Balancing Breath)
    • Move: Yoga based movement to regulate energy, and develop an improved sense of agency (Grounding, Strengthening, Balancing)
    • Focus: Activities to build focus and attention capacity (Single Pointed Focus, Thought River Meditation, Expanding Energy Meditation
    • Relax: Practices to calm the nervous system (Restorative Yoga, Tense and Leg Go)
Addressing Resistance
  • Create an invitation to participate
  • Make practices relevant
  • Effective modeling
  • Skillful acceptance
  • Use mindfulness and yoga in challenging moments

CRYSTAL MCCREARY, MFA, ERYT-500, RCYT

Crystal McCreary, MFA, ERYT-500, RCYT, is an educator and yoga instructor with experience as both a public school classroom teacher and administrator. She has over 10 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness, and is a teacher and lead trainer for Little Flower Yoga. Crystal leads trainings on teaching yoga in K-12 urban schools and participates regularly as a curriculum consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department. Having experienced yoga and mindfulness to be extremely effective techniques for cultivating wellness in stress-filled modern life for 18 years, Crystal’s mission is to bring about wellness in underserved communities and combat the toxic stress that too frequently creates barriers to learning, along with significant health challenges. Her teaching is most significantly influenced by the 500-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training program, Jason Crandell, Jason Ray Brown’s Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers & Movement Professionals, Headstand: Yoga in Schools Training, Bent on Learning’s Certification Program for Yoga in Schools, the Mindful Schools training courses, and Little Flower Yoga.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Crystal McCreary has employment relationships with Little Flower Yoga and Bent on Learning. She also maintains a private practice. Ms. McCreary receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Crystal McCreary has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), 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 cepesi@pesi.com 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.

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COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

NEBRASKA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


EDUCATORS/TEACHERS
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

COLORADO SOCIAL WORKERS: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 6.3 continuing education hours. Please make sure to bring your license number to the seminar so that we can report your attendance NASWCO.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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