W-23: Mindfulness and Beyond: Implementing Mindfulness Programs in the Schools as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mental health concerns are on the rise and schools are in need of resources to efficiently and effectively support students. As many students and staff are ill equipped to deal with the magnitude of life stressors; mindfulness practices are an excellent way for schools to build essential coping skills. Mindfulness practices can be taught efficiently and effectively to support healthy life long functioning. This presentation is designed to provide participants with a brief history of mindfulness, types of practices, benefits to its use, and practical applications for use in schools. School psychologists are well suited to support students and staff through mindfulness programs in the schools.

Kristin Makena, LEP, NCSP is a Senior School Psychologist for the San Diego Unified School District. Her work has focused on mental health, crisis and trauma response, and social/emotional well-being. The Ph.D. student at Saybrook University is studying integrated mental health emphasizing mindfulness practices.

Dr. Michael Hass is professor and director of Counseling and School Psychology programs at Chapman University. He is the editor-in-chief of CASP’s journal, Contemporary School Psychology, and co-author, with Jeanne Anne Carriere, of Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports.

Strand: B, Topic: 1,2,4,12, Skill Level: II
NASP Domain: 6