Wellness-Oriented Mindfulness Interventions for Children and Youth

Presented by Renee A. Groenemann, MA, LPC, NCC, C-IAYT, CHt

Friday, March 2, 2018

Critical to effective mindfulness interventions is the recognition that mindfulness is simple, but it’s not easy. It’s a practice that is not always comfortable but is central to developing emotional resiliency for the challenges of life. When guiding mindfulness experiences for children, therapists let go of therapeutic agenda to fully model “non-judging witness” and allow the child to be expert in their experience. In this workshop, the therapist will learn simple guidelines to create an effective container for the practice, while developing a very full tool box for reengaging mindful presence and the child’s “why.” Do WE know how to be playfully heart-connected? Curious? Trusting? Can we let THEM lead the way?


  • Attendees will adapt and explain basic models of the triune brain and the fight/flight/freeze response in explanations of mindfulness that educate and empower youth to practice self-care.
  • Attendees will learn to survey for strengths, special interests, and learner styles to develop mindfulness scripts that work.
  • Attendees will name key strategies of mindful movement to effectively engage children in self-awareness, self-calming, and “quick turnaround” techniques.
  • Attendees will discuss methods of query that aid children in noticing and describing their mindful experiences while modeling non-judging acceptance, a key component of mindfulness.
  • Attendees will practice creating and leading engaging mindfulness experiences for young children and youth.

Facilitator: Renee A. Groenemann, MA, LPC, NCC, C-IAYT, CHt

Renee is a mental health counselor, life coach and yoga therapist. She earned her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati and co-founded a local yoga and wellness community. She has turned her attention to her private practice, Spirit(ed) Growth, where she specializes in trauma recovery, anxiety, grief, and resiliency building using concepts in mindfulness, somatics, EMDR, neuroscience, and positive psychology. She is a Certified Connected Kids Tutor and teaches and promotes mindfulness skills for “gifted and anxious” or twice exceptional youth. She teaches health professionals on a local and international level, and is on faculty for Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, where she guides mental health professionals in the integration of somatic mindfulness techniques into the counseling process.

3 CEUs for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

CSWMFT Board Program Approval #MCST031881

$60 for Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists
$48 for Clergy and Students
10% Discount for 3 or more from one agency

Walk-ins and unpaid registrants are welcome, but admission cannot be guaranteed as seating is limited.

Because of the small size of our seminars, we cannot offer refunds. We may, however, be able to offer participation in a future workshop. If you have to cancel, please contact us immediately because we often have a waiting list.

If the workshop is full and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please send an email including the name and date of the workshop as well as your name and phone number to info@pastoral-counseling.org

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