Music & Mindfulness

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Emerging research continues to show the benefits of mindfulness for children and teens. Some of the researched benefits include increased focus, stress reduction, anxiety reduction, and coping with illness and pain.

Here at the Institute for Girls’ Development, we are always looking for ways to enhance the use of mindfulness in the lives of children, teens and families. We have joined with Maestro Eugene Castillo, founder of Symphonic Serenity, to offer an experience of mindfulness through music and silence. Maestro Castillo is the recipient of 5 ASCAP Awards (from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) for adventuresome programming. He has been studying the effectiveness of interrupting music with silence as a tool for promoting the benefits of mindfulness. Maestro Castillo is currently a guest presenter, bringing the experience of silence, music, and mindfulness to several of our group therapy programs  for children, teens, and parents. Thank you, Maestro Eugene, for sharing this mindful gift with our community!

“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
— A.A. Milne

“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”  — Jon Kabat-Zinn


Our 2017 Summer Institute for our colleagues in mental health, education, and youth programming includes a one day training on bringing mindfulness tools to children and teens. Professionals, join us! Come with three or more colleagues for a group discount. Add to your skills for integrating Mindfulness Tools into the therapy room and the classroom by attending our July 22 training.

CE credit may be available for all  of our Summer Professional Trainings if you are a mental health professionals.

Attend with three or more from your organization to enjoy a group discount  (For Stand Up! Speak Out! $30 discount per person.  For Mindfulness Tools: $15 discount per person). Put together your team to help your students develop their mindfulness skills and to “stand up and speak out” for friendship.

In gratitude,

Dr. Melissa Johnson

Licensed Psychologist (PSY 13102)
CEO, Founder of the Institute for Girls’ Development
Training Director, Professional and Post-Doctoral Training
626-585-8075, ext. 108



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