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Mindful Self-Compassion: Co-creating Heart Skills in Early Childhood Programs and Systems
In these challenging times of health and economic crisis, families, children, and those of us who work with them face high levels of stress, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and grief. This is especially true for those of us who work in communities that are over-burdened and under-resourced.

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center, the Center for Child and Family Well-being at the University of Washington, and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion have teamed up for a three-part webinar series that will introduce families and family-facing providers to mindful self-compassion (MSC) practices to help them care for themselves and each other. Research has shown that these practices enhance emotional well-being, boost resilience, reduce anxiety and depression, and help foster healthy lifestyle habits.

This third webinar will explore how early childhood programs and systems use mindfulness and self-compassion to support their providers and the families and communities they serve. Join us to learn more about the many different approaches diverse early childhood organizations are taking to adapt and integrate mindfulness and compassion to deeply inform organizational culture and systems change.

Joshua Sparrow, MD
Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center


Maria Gehl, MSW
Project Director, Mindfulness in Early Childhood, ZERO TO THREE

Galia Tyano Ronen, MA
Clinical psychologist, Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, artist

Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD
Executive Director, First 8 Memphis

Jun 24, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Maria Gehl, MSW
Mindfulness in Early Childhood Director @ZERO TO THREE
Maria Gehl is deeply committed to supporting early relationships with a spirit of nurturing and inquiry. In her current role, she does this through directing the Mindfulness in Early Childhood Project at ZERO TO THREE. Her current work focuses on increasing understanding and use of mindfulness and compassion strategies in early childhood settings and parenting. In previous roles at ZERO TO THREE, Maria has provided leadership to two national home visiting technical assistance centers focused on bringing capacity building supports to tribal communities and state systems.
Galia Tyano Ronen, MA
Clinical Psychologist, Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, Artist
Galia Tyano Ronen loves the diversity of connections with people, nature, arts, body, music and spirit. Since a very young age she was deeply drawn to the natural world. As a certified mindful self-compassion teacher, focusing-oriented therapist, artist and clinical psychologist, she walks a path accompanying people over a section of their lives. With her local community, she creates culture festivals based on the generosity, togetherness, free will, spirit and talent of citizens living in Kiryat-Tyvon, without any government help. Her intention is to bring a soft, kind and compassionate approach to communities and individuals.
Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD
Executive Director @First 8 Memphis
Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD works to help individuals, programs and systems of care experience transformation by learning, doing and being. Currently, Kandace is the Executive Director of First 8 Memphis, an organization working to build a collaborative early care and education system in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to joining First 8 Memphis, Kandace was a senior program officer at the Irving Harris Foundation where she worked with organizations integrating early childhood development and child trauma-informed best practices for children from birth to age eight. Kandace has research, policy and practice interests in contemplative self-care, intergenerational trauma, building power to influence public policy and diversity-informed practice.