Mindfulness Tools for Children, Teens and Families

Mindfulness Tools for Children, Teens and Families: Finding calm in the storm during COVID-19

Part of our Friday Morning Tea & Training Webinar Series!

Learn creative, fun and meaningful tools and exercises to support the effective use of mindfulness for children, teens and families during both our ongoing racial justice crisis and COVID-19. We’ll discuss some of the unique challenges and opportunities of this time and mindfulness tools to help with social and emotional learning.  We’ll focus on a variety of mindfulness practices, including increasing: emotional regulation, the capacity to sit with uncomfortable feelings, and compassion.  You’ll learn ways to work with families, children, and teens both online and in-person to develop mindfulness practices to support the ability to be in the present moment during this unprecedented time. 

For mental health professionals, educators, and youth program leaders.  This course includes 2 hours of APA continuing education credits.



What’s included:
  • Experiential and didactic learning addressing the brain/body/mindfulness relationship, research, theory, and information about a few favorite apps. 
  • Experiential practices that can be used with children, teens, and families both online and in-person.
  • The opportunity to connect online with other dedicated professionals. 

$95 Early Bird Rate until July 10

  • Then $110
  • $75 Student Rate

Are you a part of a group?  We offer a $10 discount to individuals coming in a group from a clinic, organization or school. Please register individually but provide the names of everyone in your group in the ‘order notes’ of checkout.


This professional training session is a live, interactive webinar.  We will send you the link to join the session after your register.


Come discover creative, fun and meaningful tools for incorporating mindfulness into everyday activities with children, teens and families!

Exciting current research in the fields of psychology, education, and neuroscience indicate that mindfulness practices can help children and teens manage stress, decrease anxiety and depression, improve attention and focus, enjoy more positive relationships, and increase optimism! As we live with the current COVID-19 public health crisis and work to address racial injustice, these benefits are more important than ever. 

  • How can we help children, teens and families incorporate mindfulness into daily life – both formally and informally – during COVID-19 and when engaging in difficult conversations and societal change? 
  • How can you engage them in mindfulness practices online as well as in-person? 
  • What resources will help?

Whether you work in an educational or clinical setting or an after-school program, mindfulness tools can be an asset to the youth with whom you work. This presentation will provide participants with current research, practical tools, and experiential exercises to support the effective use of mindfulness with children, teens. And families.

Agenda Overview:

Grab your tea or coffee – and join us for a morning of online learning!

9am – Welcome and introduction to mindfulness. 

9:15am – First mindfulness practice applicable for use with children, teens and families

9:45am – Overview of the research and applications

10am – Second mindfulness practice applicable for use with children, teens and families

10:30am – More applications of online and in-person activities

10:45am – Resources for additional activities

Institute Training Faculty:

Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist (PSY 13102), is the founder & CEO of the Institute for Girls’ Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert on child and teen development with a Master’s in Education and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute, Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring educational programs, and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson’s approach to raising and mentoring girls draws together contemporary research in neuroscience, mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social & emotional intelligence. As a mindfulness and meditation teacher, Dr. Johnson has valued bringing mindfulness practices to all ages our community.

Dr. Johnson is the recipient of numerous awards, recognizing her contributions to the community and to psychology. Dr. Johnson is former Interim Chair of the Masters Programs in Counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verne and the University of Southern California. Dr. Johnson is a welcomed regional and national speaker. Her peer reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters. Dr. Johnson’s book chapter, Girls In-Between: Social, Emotional, Physical and Sexual Development in Context has just been released in the Springer publication, Maternal Mental Health Across the Life Span. Through the Institute, she has published Stand Up! Speak Out! Empowering Skills for Girls’ Friendships, a guide for educators and youth program leaders.

Continuing Education Credits for Mental Health Professionals:

This course offers 2 hours of continuing education credits through Illuminated Education. If you are licensed outside of California, please confirm with your board that they will accept programs sponsored by APA providers. For questions regarding continuing education credits, contact Dr. Chris Cooper of Illuminated Education626.744.9472.

Click on links to download following the forms to register by mail: School Program InvoicingRegistration Form, and Credit Card Authorization


Feel free to contact Paige Hobey, Director of Community Education and Outreach, at 626-585-8075 ext. 121 or PHobey@IFGD.care.

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