Mindfulness-Based Interventions With Children And Youth

Mindfulness-Based Interventions With Children And Youth

A Three-Day Intensive Workshop

Mindfulness-Based Interventions With Children And Youth
Dr Koke Saavedra

Mindfulness is the ability to willingly pay non-defensive and non-evaluative attention to present moment experiences, thus enhancing our ability to choose our reactions, and disengage from inflexible, avoidant and reactive thoughts and behaviours.  Originating from Eastern philosophies over 25 centuries ago, mindfulness has taken hold as a highly effective mainstream professional intervention approach. Its many applications are supported by a solid and growing evidence base and include a wide variety of easy to use exercises and metaphors that help people change. Mindfulness interventions are particularly well suited to children and youth, as they prioritize direct experiencing rather than verbal understanding, and promote more  engaged, lively and playful interactions with clients. This 3-day workshop provides helping professionals of all backgrounds with the opportunity to develop their own mindfulness intervention skills with special attention to its successful use to help children (8 and over) and young people.

Some of the key content areas Koke will address include:

  • Practical and conceptual introduction to mindfulness including a simple and contemporary mindfulness-based behavioural model that will help you assess and formulate case plans and guide mindfulness-based interventions with children and youth.
  • Detailed overview of mindfulness-intense approaches - specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - including some of the growing evidence supporting their use with children and youth.
  • Specific Mindfulness based exercises will be presented and practiced to help attendees further develop their understanding and skills in the approach.
  • How to assist young people to be more mindful across a range of domains in their life. Practice materials and homework exercises will also be developed to help children and young people foster mindfulness in their own real life context.
  • Mindfulness based interventions that are useful when working with parents and/or families.
  • Traditional cognitive therapy interventions will be contrasted with mindfulness-based ones. Ways to seamlessly integrate with other approaches will also be discussed.

The focus of this workshop is experiential and attendance at one of Compass Seminars earlier one day introductory workshops is not a prerequisite. Attendees will leave with the confidence to immediately incorporate mindfulness techniques into their work with children and young people, and also in their own personal and professional lives.

Dr. Koke Saavedra (Doctorate in Psychology) is a US based Clinical Psychologist and mindfulness practitioner. He has previously worked in San Francisco for ‘Seeds of Awareness’, teaching mindfulness to children and young people both therapeutically and in the classroom. He trained and practiced at Berkeley California and is the past Clinical Director of the Berkeley Cognitive Behavioural Therapies Clinic. Koke currently works clinically for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centre in San Francisco Bay Area, ultilising mindfulness approaches with children and adolescents. His vast knowledge and experience of mindfulness combined with his dynamic and thoughtful presentation style mean this is a training opportunity not to be missed for all professionals working with children and young people.


30 The Octagon, Dunedin

"Dr Koke Saavedra speaks clearly and passionately about mindfulness and has given us many practical applications which I can use in my practice"

Child Therapist

"The speaker was excellent as was the content! The examples and practical demonstrations contrbuted to my understanding and practice. The opportunity to practice during the day at regular intervals was invaluable"


"An Invaluable day! Delivered with great heart - inspiring. The message of acceptance fully delivered. Dr Saavedra has sparked the fire to continue on the journey of mindfulness'


"Really Really Great! Challenged my view of what mindfulness is and how it can be used. Presenter was clear, warm and sensitive. Has turned my thinking on its head about what I might do in therapy!"


"Great mix of experiential learning and thought provoking concepts. A wealth of handout information provided, which is greatly appreciated for ongoing information and reflexion. Koke embodies mindfulness presence"


Date: Wednesday 16th October 2019
End Date: Friday 18th October 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (3pm finish on the final day)
Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Address: 30 The Octagon, Dunedin
Lunch & Tea Break Catering
Workshop Notes Provided
Certificate Provided
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  • Availability: In Stock
  • $749.00 incl GST
  • Ex Tax: $651.30