Mindfulness Tools: Helping Children and Teens Stress Less and Connect More



For mental health professionals, educators, and youth program leaders. Learn creative, fun and meaningful tools and exercises to support the effective use of mindfulness in school, after school, and in therapy. This course includes 5 hours of APA continuing education credits.


Saturday, July 18th from 9:30am to 3:30pm
, networking and continental breakfast from 9:00am to 9:30am.

Note: Lunch will be provided.

What’s Included:

  • Experiential and didactic learning addressing how to, research, theory, information about apps and assessment tools
  • The opportunity to network and learn best practices from colleagues
  • Nourishing food including continental breakfast, lunch, and light snacks
  • Vroman’s Bookstore is partnering with us to provide current books on this topic for your perusal and purchase.



• Early Bird Special: $130 until May 30
• Graduate Student Rate: $75

Are you a part of a group?  We offer a $15 discount to individuals coming in a group from an organization or school. Please register individually, but provide the names of everyone in your group in the ‘order notes’ of checkout.

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

Exciting current research in the fields of psychology, education, and neuroscience indicate that mindfulness practices can help children and teens improve attention and focus, manage stress, enjoy more positive relationships, and increase optimism! 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 and teens.

CEUs: The cost of this course includes 5 hours of continuing education credits. 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 Education. 626.744.9472.

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

Please feel free to call 626.585.8075 ext. 121 or e-mail Paige Hobey at PHobey@IFGD.care with questions.

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.

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.

Agenda Overview:

9:00 – 9:30am   Registration and light breakfast

9:30–10:45am First morning session

10:45-11:00am   Break (light snack provided)

11:00am-12:00pm Second morning session

12:00-12:30pm   Lunch (provided)

12:30-1:45pm First afternoon session

1:45 – 2:00pm Break (light snack provided)

2:00-3:30pm Second afternoon session

Please feel free to call (626.585.8075, ext. 121) or email Paige Hobey, Workshop and Community Outreach Director, at PHobey@IFGD.care with questions and registration information.


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