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SDI Webinar: Listening to Children with a Spiritual Director’s Heart

19 October 2016

Meditation and mindfulness can help young children feel more peaceful, calm, and reduce feelings of anxiety and worry. By introducing some simple strategies for reflection, gratitude, and listening, children can grow in self-awareness and resilience.

This webinar is designed to introduce parents, grandparents, and teachers to some simple mindfulness and meditation practices for young children. The webinar will provide ideas on how to meditate with children—including how to write a personalized guided meditation for your child—and introduce some helpful questions and processes to assist young children in reflecting upon experiences and events in their lives. Together we will explore the role of gratitude as a spiritual practice for children, as well as some beautiful contemplative practices to share around the dinner table and before bed.

Listening to Children with a Spiritual Director’s Heart

19 October, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time; 3:00 p.m. GMT/UTC
19 October, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time; 11:00 p.m. GMT/UTC

The webinar will last one hour and be offered twice to accommodate multiple time zones. SDI aims to make educational programs available for as many people as possible. Calculate the time of each webinar in your local time zone. One CEU credit is available for participants.

Learning Objectives
This webinar is to provide a continuing education session for spiritual directors to advance their skills and knowledge of tools and resources for working with children. By honing their awareness, learning, and experiential practice, participants may also deepen their connection to the Sacred, and enhance their own spiritual formation.

Participants will:  

  • Be introduced to some simple strategies for reflection, gratitude, and listening
  • Learn to write their own personalized guided meditation
  • Discover the many benefits of mindfulness and meditation practices for young children
  • Explore a simple model of reflection for young children to revisit experiences and events that can assist them to make meaning
  • Provide resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers to nurture young children’s spirituality and sense of well-being

Who may join the webinar?
Everyone is invited to participate in SDI Webinars. Learn about technological system requirements and how to connect on the webinar FAQ page.

Are CEUs available?
SDI will provide a certificate of completion for self-reporting to agencies continuing education units (CEUs).

What is the deadline for registration?
Register online before 16 October 2016.

SDI Member Rate USD$18.00
Non-Member Rate USD$25.00

Tuition for webinar participation is non-refundable. All registered participants will receive access to the online recording of the SDI Webinar following the event.

After we receive your registration, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail. Information on how to connect to the webinar including the meeting access number will be sent following the registration deadline. If you unexpectedly are unable to participate live in the webinar, no worries. You will have ongoing access to the recording of the webinar, and the workbook is yours to keep.

What is a webinar? Why participate? Find out more by visiting the webinar FAQ page.

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