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We are living in a society of increasing complexity that colors the innocence of childhood and adds pressure to the lives of our teens. Children are not immune to the cultural and class divides within our communities. They experience the inequities that breed discrimination, especially where family members live in constant fear of deportation. Gun violence and climate anxiety have become part of the cultural norm, and messages driven home by the media trickle down to the young, influencing their sense of safety and security. These global and community stressors are compounded by struggles that are all too common within families – families where parents are less available for the nurturing of children because they work long hours to make ends meet, and families struggling with issues of isolation, addiction, mental illness and/or family violence.
So often, our children, teens and young adults are the “canaries in the coal mine.” The ills of our society show up as rising suicide rates, anxiety, depression, and reactivity, symptoms that are on the rise. We have to think about the world we have created and the world that we want to leave for our children. How can we activate every responsible adult to give equal, just and helpful support to children and youth? What role can mindfulness and compassion training provide, not only for the children but also for the adults who care for them?
Let’s put our heads together and explore new ways of supporting children to prepare them for a hopeful future.
Presenters: Barbara Finch, (Department of Social Services,) Manuel Casas, Ph.D.(Professor Emeritus in Psychology, UCSB) Vivian Valentin, Ph.D. (Cognitive Neuroscientist, Co-Director of Kind Mind School Program), Ari Goldstein, Ph.D. (Child and Family Psychologist, Meditation Teacher, Former Special Education Teacher)
Psychologist and meditation teacher Radhule Weininger will introduce the evening with a guided meditation and moderate the evening with Rev. Julia Hamilton, Minister Unitarian Society. Eric Zobel and Daniel Girard will sing and play the guitar.