The Network partnered with Parenting Journey to present a workshop for service providers on integrating self care and mindfulness into their daily lives. Parenting Journey helps parents and caregivers increase their confidence, capability, and resiliency as individuals and as parents. While their programs have always emphasized the importance of self-care to promote family well-being, they have re-examined their strategies and elevated self-compassion in their practices to reflect the needs of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Research demonstrates that increased self-compassion is correlated with a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms and an increase in resilience during times of stress. It is composed of: self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness. This workshop will provide tools to include these elements in your practice at your work and in your personal life to help navigate through these complicated times.
Parenting Journey provided the Network with some mindfulness resources and reccomendations for providers - see below:
Mindfulness apps: Calm; Headspace
Mindfulness tools: Guided meditations and self-compassion meditations on Youtube
Kathryn M. Wilson, LMHC
NY Program Director
MA Program Director