The Mt. Lebanon School District and the Mt. Lebanon PTA Council will host a presentation by Dr. Christopher Willard, author of the book Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience, on Monday, August, 20, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the High School Fine Arts Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Willard is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and consultant specializing in bringing mindfulness into education and psychotherapy. He is the author of five books and teaches at Harvard Medical School.
"I can think of few topics that have more practical application for for parents and educators. Dr. Willard brings a commonsense approach to helping children and adults develop competencies that lead to balance, calm, and resilience - critical to performance as a student, a parent and an educator," said Dr. Timothy Steinhauer. "Dr. Willard's presentation continues our District's efforts to purposefully teach and equip or students with critical social and emotional learning competencies."
Dr. Willard's book Growing Up Mindful "helps parents, educators and counselors learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children with resilience throughout their lives." The Mt. Lebanon School District has explored and introduced various mindfulness practices to our students and staff as part our Social and Emotional Learning initiative. Dr. Willard will also be the keynote speaker at school district's faculty and staff back-to-school convocation on August 21.
Dr. Willard will be available for a book signing in the lobby of the Fine Arts Theatre after his presentation.We hope parents and interested community members will join us for this informative discussion of mindfulness to help us start the school year off in a positive way.
Dr. Christopher Willard Bio
Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness. He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and leads workshops nationally and internationally. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, mindful.org, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child's Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and three other books. He has three children's books forthcoming, and teaches at Harvard Medical School.