Promoting Mindfulness and Resilience Among Youth and School Communities

Mindfulness means “Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn). The field of mindfulness-based interventions for youth is currently exploding. Emerging mindfulness-based interventions for youth are showing significant promise in helping adolescents to cope with adversity, and promote resilience and positive youth development. Within education, mindfulness can be a key component of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). 

Join this interactive presentation with Dr. Dzung Vo and Dr. Joanna McDermid from the BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness as they discuss the science and practice of mindfulness-based interventions with youth, and share practical mindfulness exercises that school counsellors and educators can use in their schools and personal self-care strategies. 

Danielle Burch from the BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre will also present on new mindfulness resources developed for youth, families, and professionals, including a live demo of Breathr, a newly revised, free mindfulness app for youth developed by the BC Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Mindfulness and Kelty Centre

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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  • BC Children's Hospital / Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
    Danielle Burch

    BC Children’s Hospital Health Promotion & Health Literacy Team and Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

  • BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness
    Dr. Dzung Vo

    Dzung X. Vo, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine, founding Director of the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness, and a Clinical Associate Professor and Division Head for the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In partnership with Dr. Jake Locke, Dr. Vo co-developed MARS-A (Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents), an eight-week mindfulness training program for adolescents with depressive symptoms, with or without other co-occurring chronic illness or chronic pain. Dr. Vo also developed a Mindful Healing course for health care providers, adapted from Mindful Practice (Ron Epstein and Michael Krasner) and other sources. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015). Dr. Vo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN). 

  • BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness
    Joanna McDermid

    Joanna McDermid, MD, is a psychiatrist, with a subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry and is a clinical instructor with Department of Psychiatry, at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to her psychiatry training, Dr McDermid has trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC). She has done an extended mentorship with Dr. Ron Epstein and his team in the Mindful Practice® program for physicians and health providers through the University of Rochester. Dr McDermid has developed a mindfulness program to supplement standard care for individuals with eating disorders in residential treatment and she is currently developing a global parent mindfulness informed resource. ​