Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a guest speaker for Learning & the Brain’s Educating Mindful Minds conference. The theme of the conference is “The Science of Stress and Resilience”.
Numerous studies are finding that stress, anxiety, and mental health issues are on the rise in children and adults. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2017 Stress in America™ survey found that two-thirds of adults are stressed about the future. The survey also found that Millennials reported higher average stress than before and that teens are the most stressed people in America, with 27 percent reporting “extreme stress” during the school year. Additionally, a 2016 report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 46 percent of American teachers feel high daily stress.
Fortunately, new brain and psychological research is showing that meditation and social-emotional learning (SEL) programs can dramatically reduce stress and improve wellbeing and achievement. The conference will cover: the benefits of mindfulness meditation, class management, and SEL in schools; strategies to reduce student stress and behavioral problems and raise resilience; and ways to reduce teacher burnout and boost retention.
The conference runs from April 19 to April 21. Rick will give a presentation on Thursday, April 19th, from 2:00-2:55 pm. Under the program topic, The Science of Stress: Raising Student Resilience & Wellbeing, Rick will be giving a keynote address entitled, “Unshakable Core: Growing the Inner Strengths of Resilient Wellbeing.”