Healthy Concord presents: Building Resilience, All Ages--All Stages
Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Stress is a common state for many of us, brought on by the demands of work, school, family, traffic, illness, the economy, and so much more. We can’t eliminate some of these factors, but we can change our response to them. This program will provide participants of all ages and stages of life strategies and tools for navigating and taking control of our demanding world by developing skills for personal and community resilience.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ronald Siegel, who will speak on Mindfulness and The New Science of Happiness. Everyone wants to be happy. Unfortunately, many of our efforts to feel good ultimately backfire, only increasing our distress. This presentation will explore the surprising overlap between the teachings of ancient wisdom traditions, the insights gained from mindfulness practice, and the findings of modern psychological research in revealing what works, and doesn’t work, to support well-being. You’ll learn practical techniques to feel less stressed and live a fuller, richer life.
Dr. Siegel is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness in psychotherapy and other fields and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, MA. Dr. Siegel is author of the critically acclaimed book, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coauthor of a new volume for clinicians, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy; and coeditor of the pioneering texts Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.
The conference will also feature exhibits from a host of other organizations in Concord that provide resources and programming that promote personal and community resiliency.
There wll be three breakout sessions after the keynote speaker:
Mindfulness and Parenting, facilitated by Mary Ann Christie Burnside, Ed.D. Mindfulness practice deepens the qualities of kindness, compassion and self-care in the parenting role and offers skillful strategies for responding to the variety of situations that parenting presents. Parents with children of any age are welcome to participate. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of mindfulness and starting a practice, have an in-class experience, and discuss how to cultivate awareness of pleasant experience and how to work with unpleasant experience. The founder of Lexington-based Hearst and Minds, Mary Ann is a developmental psychologist who specializes in mindfulness education for adults and children.
Permission to Pause: Use of Relaxation Techniques in Your Everyday Life, facilitated by Catherine Collins, RN, MS. This workshop is designed to provide participants with some useful tools for dealing with the stressors in everyday life, and to help build resiliency skills. Specific, simple techniques such as deep breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, imagery and techniques for allowing the mind to “rest” in the present moment will be demonstrated with the opportunity to practice the techniques. The mindfulness techniques learned can be easily shared with children and other family members. Catherine Collins, R.N., M.S., C.H.E.S. is a nurse and a certified health education specialist. She has worked in the health care field for 30 years as a clinician, educator and an administrator. Catherine has designed and facilitated workshops on a variety of topics, including stress management, sleep, body image and health and lifestyle issues for different populations, including college students, parents, teachers and coaches. Catherine is an integrative health practitioner @ Healing Ways, Concord, MA..
Digital Tools for Mindfulness, facilitated by Pamela Katz Ressler, the founder of Stress Resources (http://stressresources.com) and a longtime Concord resident. The session objective will be to understand the benefits and barriers of technology when building resilience through mindfulness. Explore how mindfulness practice can be supplemented with technology; understand ways in which technology can foster connection and disconnection; learn tips for building mindfulness within a digitally connected society. Stress Resource's mission is to help individuals and organizations build resilience through skills of mindfulness, connection and communication, and for over a decade has offered Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trainin in the Concord area. Pam Ressler holds an adjunct faculty position at Tufts University School of Medici in the Pain Research, Education and Policy Program and her academic research investigates the role of technology and social media in fostering resilience in health care and chronic illness.
Please register ABOVE for the breakout session of your choice
9:30 Doors open, refreshments, visit partner display tables
10:15-11:15 Keynote presentation, Dr. Ronald Siegel
11:15-11:30 Break for refreshments and opportunity to visit displays by Healthy Concord partners
11:30-12:30 Breakout session of your choice
12:30 Conference ends, but feel welcome to stay afterwards to explore resources and network with other participants
When & Where
This event is being hosted by Healthy Concord and its partner oganizations
What is Healthy Concord?
The Healthy Concord project conducted a year of public outreach to determine what will make Concord a healthier place to live and work. Two themes were repeated in interviews, surveys, and discussions: people of all ages in Concord are experiencing stress, with particular concern for youth, and there is desire for safer roads and paths for bicycling, sidewalks for walking, and better transportation in general.
Based on what was learned in the public outreach process, Healthy Concord is launching two projects beginning in Winter 2014--– a community Mindfulness and Resiliency program (of which this conference is the first event); and a Road Safety initiative that incorporates bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians.
A healthy community continuously creates and improves both its physical and social environments. The Healthy Concord project defines health in broad terms (physical, mental, and social health), as a measure of overall well-being and as a by-product of a wide-array of lifestyle and behavior-related choices and factors.