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2nd Annual CREC Mindfulness Conference

Health, Wellness, and Emotional Well-Being of Children, Youth, and Families

Co-Sponsored by Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) and Central State University

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tish Jennings

Dr. Jennings is an Associate Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of mindfulness and social and emotional learning. With extensive experience as a practitioner, teacher, and scientist, Dr. Jennings draws on research from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education to promote improvements in school climate and student academic and behavioral outcomes.

Registration: 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
(Optional) Tai Chi or Yoga for Classrooms: 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Conference: 8:20 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

$100 per person (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Main Campus
1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06051 map

For registration support, email or call Deb Van Wyngaarden at (860) 509-3687.
For conference information, email or call Emily Rosen at (860) 509-3610.

Breakout Sessions

Assessing the Effect of a Contemplative-based Coloring Intervention on Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Joan Nicoll-Senft - Professor, Central CT State University
John Foshay - Professor, Central CT State University

Bottom-up Balance: A grassroots approach to implementing mindfulness in schools

Laura Sheinkopf - Integrated Programs Coordinator, Cold Spring School, New Haven, CT
Peg Oliveira - Executive Director, 108 Monkeys

Creative Mindfulness: In the moment with Improvised Sound and Movement

Adele Paxton - Professor, Central CT State University

Cultivating Self-Compassion to combat trauma’s impact on higher education students.

Linda B. Domenitz - Director of Career Development and Placement, Capital Community College
Rosemary Nichols - Health Educator and Consultant

Integrity, Invitation, Intention: Cultivating Mindfulness in Your Community

Joanna Curry-Sartori - Community Therapist, The Bridge Family Center

Lovingkindness Meditation

Brandon Nappi - Founder and Executive Director Copper Beach Institute

Mindfulnes Based Self Care for Staff

Tara Beatty - Clinician, Reliance House, Norwich, CT
Rachel Dash-Dougherty - Clinician, Reliance House Norwich, CT

Mindfulness in Early Childhood

Ann Sullivan - Director, Bepresent4life

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Christina Brown - Teacher of Health and Wellness, Watkinson School, Hartford, CT

Mindfulness..."The Art Of Cleaning Your Space...Your Mind"

Maritza Soto-Gomez - Theme facilitator/Mindfulness Program Director, Breakthrough Magnet School, Hartford

On the Neuroscience of Emotional Self-Regulation

Vamsi Koneru - Clinical Psychologist, Koneru Psychotherapy
James Malley - Associate Professor Emeritus, Central CT State University

Promoting Emotional Well-Being and Resilience Through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Judy S. Itzkowitz - Education Consultant, LLC

Read All About It! Implement Mindful Practices Through Children's Literature

Melissa Delaney - Instructional Coach, Newington Public Schools

RULER SEL Program Implementation and Issues in Public Schools

Mike Rollins - Secondary Science Supervisor, West Hartford Public Schools
Laura Wilson - School Counselor, West Hartford

Staying Sane During Times of Change: Moving from Impossible to Possible

Sharon Gutterman - Consultant and instructor, Mindful Wow

Stepping Through the Side Door: Teens and Mindfulness

Traci Hodes - School Psychologist, Cheshire Public Schools
Lily Felix - School Psychologist, Cheshire Public Schools

Using MindUp Curriculum to support Student Social and Emotional Competencies

Peg Donohue - Assistant Professor, Central CT State University
Catherine Griffin - Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts

Working Together: Exploring Entry Points for Mindfulness in School Settings

Martha Rouleau - Assistant Principal, Har-Bur Middle School, Burlington, CT

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