Understanding how mindfulness strengthens well-being for youth, families, and professionals
We believe that compassion and mindfulness are foundational to well-being. Mindfulness, the practice of being present, open and curious, is a skill that we can all learn. When we regularly practice mindfulness, we have the awareness and perspective to respond thoughtfully in situations instead of falling into old patterns or automatic reactions.
Our research shows that mindfulness and compassion skills strengthen parent and provider relationships with children and youth. These skills promote warm, responsive, and consistent interactions, which are paramount to ensuring that children feel safe and loved. We are conducting research to evaluate the role of mindfulness and self-compassion based programs in promoting the well-being of youth, caregivers and professionals working with families. These types of programs may offer skills for tuning into one’s experience, including emotions, as well as promoting self-regulation and resilience.
In collaboration with community partners, we are committed to ensuring our mindfulness and compassion-based programs are culturally inclusive and supportive to people who have and/or are experiencing adversity.
Research topics include
- Enhancing parenting practices with mindfulness and self-compassion
- Promoting the well-being of providers working with children and youth through mindfulness-emotion coping skills
- Strengthening youth resilience with tools for navigating the challenges of school and beyond