School psychology is a demanding and stressful profession. Mindfulness has been shown to help reduce the negative impact of stress and improve our ability to cope. In addition, those who advocate mindfulness as an intervention universally recommend that professionals who use mindfulness-based strategies pursue their own meditation practice. Direct experience with the practice of mindfulness is considered critical to understanding both how it can be presented effectively to different populations but also how to respond to the different experiences that arise during practice. The workshop will be structured to alternate periods of meditation with discussion and short presentations on the history of mindfulness and how it can be applied to different life problems and used in schools.

CASP Members: $70.00
Non-Members: $100.00

Strand: B, Topic: 5, Level: II
Domain: 4, 6, 7

Dr. Michael Hass is a Professor of Scholarly Practice and coordinator of the graduate programs in counseling and school psychology at Chapman University. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.  Dr. Hass mentors doctoral students and teaches graduate courses in assessment, counseling methods, and mental health intervention in the school. He has over 30 years of experience as a school psychologist and psychotherapist and holds licenses in California as an LEP, MFT, and LPCC.  Dr. Hass is also the current editor-in-chief of the CASP journal, Contemporary School Psychology, co-author, with Jeanne Anne Carriere, of Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports and author of Assessment Interviewing: A practical guide for School Counselors and School Psychologists. In 2016, he earned CASP’s Sandra Goff Memorial award for exemplary contributions to the profession of School Psychology in California and the nation.

Kristin Makena, LEP., NCSP, is a special education administrator for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) where she was previously a senior school psychologist. Over the last decade her work has focused on mental health, crisis and trauma response, and social/emotional wellbeing. Makena implemented an interdepartmental mindfulness pilot in SDUSD targeting both students and staff. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Saybrook University where she is studying integrated mental health with an emphasis on mindfulness practices. Makena is a CASP board member and was the recent recipient of the Nadine Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist award in 2015.