Events & Classes

We are committed to serving as a resource and partner in promoting the well-being of children and families through evidence-based programs, workshops and courses. Many of our workshops are six or eight weeks long, and are offered once per quarter.

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Free Public Lectures

…But Now I See: Using the Lens of Racial Literacy to Understand Racial Trauma and Promote Justice and Healing

Despite its tragic arc, the so-called “double pandemic” has served as an awakening to the realities of racial injustice across a number of systems. On one front, the pandemic of COVID-19 disproportionately impacted Black adults and youth, both physically and psychologically. Meanwhile, we have borne witness to another pandemic, dating back to 1619, which has been a reminder that racism is “alive and sick”. Justice and healing in the face of the insidiousness of racism in its myriad forms require recognizing how it expresses across the lifespan. In this presentation, I will discuss racial literacy as a tool for recognizing racial trauma across a number of systems and life stages. Collectively, we will reflect on how racial seeing and racial noticing are important elements in our mission towards social justice.
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Drop-In Meditation Sessions

Drop-in Session: Cultivating Self-Compassion through Metta Practice

Extending loving-kindness to others is often easier than extending it inward toward ourselves. This session will include a guided Metta meditation, a discussion of the barriers to self-compassion, and an opportunity to write your own mantra for self-compassion.

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Drop-In Meditation Sessions

Drop-in Session: Try This On For Size: Short Meditations for Well-Being

This drop-in will involve several short meditations, each designed to help support well-being no matter where we find ourselves at the moment. We will practice and have brief interactive discussions to see what worked and what didn’t, as meditation is not one size fits all. This session will provide tools to keep in your back pocket for times of stress or hardship as well as to refuel and increase your happiness meter.

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Free Public Lectures

…But Now I See: Using the Lens of Racial Literacy to Understand Racial Trauma and Promote Justice and Healing

Despite its tragic arc, the so-called “double pandemic” has served as an awakening to the realities of racial injustice across a number of systems. On one front, the pandemic of COVID-19 disproportionately impacted Black adults and youth, both physically and psychologically. Meanwhile, we have borne witness to another pandemic, dating back to 1619, which has been a reminder that racism is “alive and sick”. Justice and healing in the face of the insidiousness of racism in its myriad forms require recognizing how it expresses across the lifespan. In this presentation, I will discuss racial literacy as a tool for recognizing racial trauma across a number of systems and life stages. Collectively, we will reflect on how racial seeing and racial noticing are important elements in our mission towards social justice.

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Courses and Workshops

Be REAL: Resilient Attitudes & Living

Be REAL (REsilient Attitudes and Living) is a program developed by the Center for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFW). It is grounded in mindfulness, yoga, self-compassion, cognitive-behavioral coping strategies, and neuroscience. The program offers participants a space to tune into themselves, explore a variety of well-being tools, and foster a sense of community with others in the process.

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Nature & Nurturing: Parenting with Your Child’s Temperament in Mind

Children can present challenging behaviors for very different underlying reasons depending on their temperament, and parents can be more effective if they understand the source of their children’s reactions. Little if any parenting advice that is available to parents provides the critical understanding of the role of children’s temperament in shaping children’s behavior and our parenting. This presentation will provide an opportunity to learn about the sources of children’s temperament or individual differences in their reactions, how temperament can elicit less-than-ideal parenting from even the best of parents, and how to parent more effectively with children’s temperament in mind.

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A Month to Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

These 4 weeks will explore a variety of practices foundational to mindfulness. Each class we will practice, discuss, and then practice again, so there will be a chance to understand both the “why” and the “how” of mindfulness, which can help establish meditation as a habit.

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Courses and Workshops

Finding Calm – Strengthening Bonds Through Self-Kindness

Finding Calm offers a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn mindful-based skills to help reduce stress, enhance strong bonds, explore mindful self-compassion and encourage balance.

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