Sam Himelstein, PhD
Compassion, Connection, and Trauma-Informed Mindfulness for Adolescents
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What You'll Learn
Learn how mindfulness helps adolescents access their inner wisdom as they are transitioning from childhood to adulthood
Take away 4 intentional practices that you can use to build open, trusting, and authentic relationships with any teenager you work with, and hear the most common pitfalls to avoid when presenting mindfulness to youth who have experienced trauma
Learn the TAP practice, a tool you can use in situations with difficult teens so that you can stay present and be of service to them
About Sam Himelstein, PhD
Sam Himelstein, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY25229) specializing in working with adolescents. He’s worked in the Teen Chemical Dependency Program at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City, CA, the Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center in the maximum security unit as a clinician, and in private practice in Oakland, CA. Dr. Himelstein researches the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions with marginalized, incarcerated, substance abusing, and underserved adolescent populations, is an author of multiple scholarly journal articles and three books, travels the country speaking at conferences and conducting professional trainings, and is the founder and president of the Center for Adolescent Studies. Dr. Himelstein is passionate about training professionals from multiple disciplines in creating authentic, healing relationships with adolescents that contribute to positive outcomes. A formerly incarcerated youth himself, Dr. Himelstein was privileged to change his life from a path of drugs, violence, crime, and self-destruction to that of healing and transformation. His mission is to help teens thrive by becoming aware of the power of self-awareness and transformation, and train professionals with similar interests. Learn more about his philosophy and approach in his trainings on his website, and check out his books, Trauma-Informed Mindfulness With Teens: A Guide for Mental Health Clinicians (Norton, forthcoming 2019), Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum (Routledge, 2015), and A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents (Routledge, 2013).
About Chris McKenna
Chris McKenna is the Education Program Officer at Mindful.org. Previously, he was the Program Director of Mindful Schools, a leading organization integrating mindfulness into education and youth mental health. He also served as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project, a nonprofit that pioneered the development of mindfulness-based interventions for high-risk adolescents with complex trauma. He currently lives with his family in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia where he offers intensives and retreats with his wife Megan Cowan at www.risingfalling.co.