Mindfulness is ‘paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment’ (Kabat-Zinn, 1990)
 

*Check below for updated workshop information*

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The purpose of this website is to provide support and information about bringing mindfulness to youth. Some topics may be useful to you in general, such as ones about the benefits of mindfulness for emotion regulation and the importance of social-emotional learning. This website also introduces you to a specific mindfulness SEL curriculum called Learning to BREATHE. L2B is a sequenced program that can be used in many settings (e.g. schools, clinical settings, after-school programs, residential facilities, etc.). It has 6 themes, which can be taught in 6, 12, 18 or any number of sessions, depending upon your time and needs.  

If you explore the links at the left, you can read about the research that has been done on L2B and learn a bit about some teachers who are using the program in the US, Canada and elsewhere, with students as well as adults. You can also find information about some exciting research projects and other implementations that are currently underway. I hope you enjoy seeing the photos of some of the teachers and researchers who are working to bring mindfulness to adolescents and others. I am deeply appreciative to have such wonderful partners working with the intention to help youth manage stress, strengthen their emotion regulation and attention, and improve their well-being. We hope to have a way of sharing more information on line in the future.

A “News” page has been added to share information about mindfulness in education, such as the initiative in the Toronto schools. L2B in the Toronto District School Board. There is a link to an assessment measure being used in Toronto that you can access on the page entitled ‘Ongoing Programs.’ You can also read this Mind/Shift blog for more information about L2B.

An upcoming workshop “Mindfulness for You + Mindfulness for Youth, June 2014” co-facilitated by Diane Reibel and me, will be held on June 19 & 20, 2014 in Wheatley Heights, NY.

A bit of information about the registration process is probably important. This workshop is hosted by the Student Support Services Center (Western Suffolk BOCES) and co-sponsored by SCPA, NCPA, NYASP, NYC-ACBS, and the LI CBT Network. Instructions on the Attached Flyer mention “My Learning Plan” (MLP), which is the online registration system for Long Island school district staff. Anyone not in the MLP system is MOST welcome and may register via mail or fax as per the flyer instructions. Mail or Fax Registration with payment to Joann Zerbo, Student Support Services Center, 31 Lee Ave., Wheatley Heights, NY 11798, phone-631/595-6843, FAX- 631/623-4914, email -jzerbo@wsboces.org. Questions about the Long Island training should be directed to Dr. Anthony Pantaleno at drpantaleno@drpantaleno.com. Please note that the registration fee is NOT refundable.

If are interested in other workshops or training, some basic information is provided about our offerings. Check the schedule to see upcoming programs. If you would like to host a workshop, please check the schedule page for more information.

Thank you and welcome to these pages.

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The complete Learning to BREATHE curriculum, including 6 and 18 session versions and free, downloadable supplementary materials, is available from New Harbinger Publications. Individual student workbooks for the 6-session version are also available separately.