Growing Up Mindful, Capable and Resilient

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
The registration period has closed for this event.

12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Registration open through 3/11/2020 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer. Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn, and make better choices. If that weren’t enough, research in neuroscience now shows that mindfulness significantly enhances what psychologists call “flourishing”—the opposite of depression and avoidance.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard is here to share the practical skills of mindfulness . In this inspiring presentation participants will gain real-world insights and tools to help all parents and family members evolve and grow into our best selves. Topics to be covered:

Less is More Parenting — how letting go of what’s no longer necessary creates space, freedom, and the possibility for something new
Building Wisdom and a Wiser Brain ? how to steer kids’ “under-construction” minds toward wise action
Releasing anxiety about over or under parenting and the desire for the “perfect” family
Growing Up with a Grit and Growth Mindset ? the best ways to encourage resilience and determination through reinforcing and rewarding the “growth mindset”
Finding Balance in a Broken World and Staying Steady through the Stress ? how to abide life’s inevitable ups and downs through the attitude of equanimity
The mindful use of technology and social media


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 has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries.

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,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and eight other books for parents, professionals and children

Continuing Education Credits

Professional Development Credit: Hours - 1.5


Free of charge.

D15 Marquardt Administration Center

1860 Glen Ellyn Road
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

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About Us

The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) is a joint agreement between Marquardt School District 15, Queen Bee School District 16, Glen Ellyn School District 41, Lombard Elementary School District 44, Glenbard Township High School District 87, Community Consolidated School District 89 and Community Consolidated School District 93 in DuPage County. CASE provides varied supports so that each member district can offer a complete range of services to students with special needs between the ages of 3 and 22 years.

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