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Supporting Death and Grief

As a palliative nurse, Sallie Tisdale will walk into the room of someone who is dying and it is familiar.  In this video she provides helpful information when working with someone who is dying and their families: Join Sallie Tisdale in Toronto for more Advice for Future Corpses: A workshop on preparing for death (May [...]

Why is self-compassion so hard?

“Self-Compassion sounds like a good thing until we practice applying it.” Does this ring true for anyone? Why is self-compassion so difficult for so many people? Spring 2019 Presenter Deirdre Fay answers: People are hesitant or resistant to self-compassion because we’re afraid of two things. One, it won’t work or make a difference, so Why […]

How to Talk to Teens About Meditation

How do you even begin to talk about the benefits of meditation to teens? You want to be neutral yet communicate the benefits, be supportive but not overly invested… in this video, Fall 2018 presenter Gina Biegel models the concept of baby steps: introducing mindfulness as a practice that can be staged in small manageable […]

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The Teen Timeline

As a well-meaning adult, possibly a teacher, therapist or guidance counsellor, the window for you to secure buy in from your teen charges may be a little shorter than with other resistant clients due to many factors specific to working with teens. So how do you reply when they ask: How long is this going […]

Working With Resistant Teens

The saying goes: one can lead a horse to water but one cannot make it drink. But when it comes to teens, resistance might not always be capital R resistance… particularly when you might be another Authority Figure that teens are just wired to challenge and test… In this first of four videos, Fall 2018 […]

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Mental Health Now a Part of Health Education in Schools

Mental Health Now a Part of Health Education in Schools… in New York State. According to this article, as of this July, New York state schools will now include mental health as a part of health education classes. Apart from promoting awareness of common conditions like depression and anxiety, the curriculum will also emphasize helping […]

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Helping Teens Handle Stress

Anxiety is quickly becoming the common cold of mental illnesses that affect teens and young adults. Understandably many parents do all they can to diminish stress in their children’s lives. But as this New York Times article indicates, stress has an important role in the development of teenagers. Learn how to help teens transform their […]

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Remembering Michael Stone

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller – I first met Michael around 2005. I received a call from a young man. He said he would like to talk about the possibility of presenting a workshop about mindfulness for Leading Edge Seminars. At […]