Using Mindfulness in the Classroom at Pasadena Unified School District

Yesterday, I presented with Melissa Springstead and Young and Healthy at the Pasadena Unified School District training for preschool, TK, and kindergarten teachers, about how to use mindfulness in the classroom with children who have experienced trauma. We reviewed the research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), research on mindfulness with children in primary grades & their teachers, and age-appropriate formal and informal practices that can be used in the classroom! I am so thankful for this great experience of sharing and learning!

Children's Art Therapy and Trauma Groups: A Share and Care Workshop

As the Alliant International University, Art Therapy Club Coordinator, I am so excited to announce that we will be hosting an upcoming workshop on: Children's Art Therapy and Trauma Groups. The workshop will be presented by Jonathan Vickburg and Genia Young from the Cedars Sinai Share and Care program. The workshop will take place on Saturday April 16th, 2016 from 10am-2pm at Alliant International University. This workshop will provide experiential activities for students and professionals to use in their own practice! Please feel free to spread the word, and come and join us if you are interested!

New Year, New You

Several people share a fear, anxiety, and anticipation before the holidays. Now that the season has passed, we can work towards recovery and reinvention. With the coming of the New Year, many people turn away from the past and their problems, and turn towards the optimism of New Year’s resolutions. Most dedicate their New Year’s resolutions to improving their physical health by joining gyms, starting diets, etc. I encourage you to consider dedicating your New Year’s resolution this year to improving your emotional health and the health of your relationships! Therapy can support you in the process of reauthoring your life story for the New Year, new you.


Maybe you’ve just experienced some family drama at a holiday gathering that inspired you to set new boundaries. Maybe you are sick of feeling stuck in an ongoing fight with your partner. Maybe you want to reconnect with your teen. Maybe you want to make sure that you are developing a healthy relationship with your growing child. Maybe you want to practice being more present in your relationships. Whatever your resolution may be, therapy can be a nurturing and supportive environment to breathe life into the New Year, new you.


Take some time to consider what you would like your identity, your relationships, and your life to look like this year. Share it with someone special in your life. You have the power to rewrite your story, and all future chapters to come! Happy New Year to all!



Mindfulness-Based Practices for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Support, Limitations, and Future Directions

A couple of weeks ago I presented a poster on Mindfulness-Based Practices for Children, Adolescents, and Families at the I-MERIT Los Angeles Unity Conference. This poster presentation briefly reviewed the literature related to using mindfulness approaches with children, adolescents, and families. This presentation explained the benefits, support, gaps, limitations, and future directions for using mindfulness approaches as a tool for children, adolescents, and families dealing with anxiety, attention problems, depression, and trauma. I am continuing to gather research for this review of the literature and I plan to present on it in workshop form at future conferences.

I-Merit Los Angeles Unity Conference: Coming Together, The Art and Practice of Diversity and Unity

I am very excited to announce that I am helping to put on a conference at Alliant International University Los Angeles. It is the I-Merit Los Angeles Unity Conference and the theme is Coming Together: The Art and Practice of Diversity and Unity. The Conference will take place at Alliant on November 21st, 2015 from 9am-5:30pm. You can receive 6 CEUs/workshop hours towards licensure at this event. There are going to be a lot of amazing presenters there. The conference is celebrating a multimodal platform, including: a keynote speaker, cultural experientials, difficult dialogues, panels, and poster presentations! The conference is only $25 and the cost includes lunch, snacks, and CEUs! 

 If you are interested, you can register at the website, here: 

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