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Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions for Children and Teens - 2017 Alaska Cruise for Clinicians
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions for Children and Teens - 2017 Alaska Cruise for Clinicians

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When:  Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions for Children and Teens Cruise has officially sold out.

Higgins Travel is accepting names on their waitlist. To be added to the waitlist, please contact
Heidi DesJarlais at or 1-715-834-2686.
Join us as we explore the rugged beauty of the Alaskan coast, while discovering new and exciting mindfulness practices for ourselves and the children we work with. Earn continuing education credits along the way!

Examine and deepen your mindfulness practice while gaining new clinical skills in a fun and relaxed environment. This certificate course on Mindfulness-based interventions for children and teens will explore all elements of mindfulness.

First we will start with mindfulness for you, the professional, in order to maintain presence, manage the stress of your challenging job, and stave off “compassion fatigue.” We will then explore ways to adapt mindfulness for young people. Maximize engagement and minimize resistance through games, play, writing, movement, sports, arts and more.

Join Dr. Christopher Willard, Psy.D. and author, in this fun and engaging week! This certificate course inspires, but more importantly empowers you with the tools to share mindfulness in practical yet engaging ways.

Learn proven practices for ADHD, executive function and impulse control and the skills to soothe trauma and anxiety. We will practice building emotion through mindfulness of music, listening and body awareness exercises. Special attention will also be given to harnessing the power of technology and social media.

But we won’t spend our time just sitting and breathing, we’ll allow plenty of time in this experiential course for mindful movement, walking, stretching, qi-gong, games and more!

With teaching segments on cruising days, you won’t miss the Alaskan adventures. Instead, you will have ample opportunities to practice your newfound skills during your vacation. Enjoy the food, mindfully walk through the wild splendor of Alaska, and contemplate the beauty of the ocean.

Leave excited about your Alaskan adventure, as well as re-energized with a certificate in new skills to bring home to your work! Register now for this amazing opportunity, staterooms sell out quickly.

Earn your CERTIFICATE Today!
  • Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions for Children and Teens will be awarded at the end of the course.

PESI 7-Night Alaska Cruise Sailing from Seattle, WA on Princess Cruises - Emerald Princess
(Daily Itinerary Subject to Change)

  • Seattle, Washington: Sunday, July 23, 2017, Depart 4:00 PM
  • Ketchikan, Alaska: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, Arrive 6:30 AM; Depart 3:00 PM
  • Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska: Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Arrive 5:00 AM; Depart 9:00 AM
Crown Princess
  • Juneau, Alaska: Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Arrive 12:30 PM; Depart 10:00 PM
  • Skagway, Alaska: Thursday, July 27, 2017, Arrive 6:00 AM; Depart 5:00 PM
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Saturday, July 29, 2017, Arrive 7:00 PM; Depart 11:59 PM
  • Seattle, Washington: Sunday, July 30, 2017, Arrive 7:00 AM
  • Inside IB – $1,644 per person    SOLD OUT
  • Oceanview OC - $2,184 per person    SOLD OUT
  • Balcony BB - $2,534 per person    SOLD OUT
  • MiniSuite MB – $2,819 per person    SOLD OUT

Note: Pricing includes seminar fee.

The balance will be due to Higgins Travel Leaders by May 5, 2017.

Please contact Heidi DesJarlais,, 715-834-2686 at Higgins Travel Leaders for pricing and availability. Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single, triple and quad rates are available upon request and are subject to availability.


  1. Learn techniques that can be used in therapy offices, classrooms, at home and more.
  2. Integrate mindfulness into play therapy, dynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, movement and more.
  3. Adapt mindfulness practices for a range of populations.
  4. Utilize techniques to enhance your own attention and attunement, and stave off burnout.
  5. Practice formal techniques that can be used by patients in and outside the session.
  6. Explore innovative ways to integrate mindfulness informally into academics, sports, games and the arts.
  7. Discuss creative ways to generate “buy in” and engagement from resistant kids.
  8. Understand the basic physiology and neuroscience underlying mindfulness based treatment.
  9. Describe the clinical research on mindfulness and mental health.
  10. Identify specific practices that can be used for a range of diagnosis.
  11. Outline effective ways to bring mindfulness to your professional community.
  12. Develop practical strategies for shifting from fight/flight responses into attend and befriend responses to stress.
Course Schedule:

Monday, 7/24/17 - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm


    What mindfulness is, and what it isn’t
    • Transform fight or flight stress response into attend and befriend
    • Harness the healing power of mind-body relationship
    • Empower kids to recognize and work with emotions and impulses
    • Neuroscience and research that facilitates healthy brain development

    Practice Mindfulness Together
    • Integrate mindfulness into CBT, dynamic, expressive and play therapies
    • Proven techniques for Depression, ADHD, Anxiety and more
    • When to use, and when to avoid, mindfulness in your work with kids
    • Five stage holistic model of learning and teaching mindfulness

    Mindfulness for You
    • Why mindfulness can make you a better therapist, teacher, parent and more
    • Presence, focus, and decision-making techniques to hone your clinical skills
    • Self-compassion, appreciation, and relaxation exercises to keep burnout at bay
    • Your role as a consultant

Friday, 7/28/17 - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and Saturday, 7/29/17 - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm


    Adapt and Engage
    • Adapt Mindfulness practices for young people
    • Bring mindfulness into play, movement, games, arts, and athletics
    • Create an environment of safety and exploration
    • Skills to engage the most resistant and reluctant kids
    • Strength-based approaches to match the treatment to the child
    • Tips for teaching a range of learning styles

    Finding and making the time
    • 100 activities for kids (and adults!) to do mindfullly
    • 100 simple reminders to bring kids back to the present
    • Dozens of effective tools that take less than a minute
    • ”Stealth” mindfulness that kids can do without anyone even knowing
    • Techniques for home, school, performance and social situations
    • Ease difficult transition times


Christopher Willard, Psy. D., is one of the world's leading experts on mindfulness with young people, having trained thousands of professionals and young people on the practice and benefits of mindfulness. He is a psychologist and consultant based in Boston, working individually as well as consulting to schools, hospitals and other organizations. Additionally, he is the author of multiple books on psychology, child development, contemplative practice and more. Dr. Willard is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network and serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. In addition to serving on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Willard leads courses and workshops around the world and online. You can find his website at, where you can watch his TEDx talks and learn more about his books and work. Dr. Willard is the author of Child's Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016) and three other books. He is the co-author of the bestselling Growing Mindful and Growing Happy card decks.

When not working, he enjoys time with his family, traveling, cooking, eating, hiking, writing and any combination of these he can manage.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Christopher Willard maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger Publishing, Guilford Press, and Parallax Press. Dr. Willard is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willard receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Christopher Willard has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This activity consists of 720 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 12.0 contact hours.

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.0 contact hours or 1.20 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

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This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12.0 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

This activity qualifies for 720 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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