Description: The benefits of mindfulness meditation for managing school stress are well known but engaging in a regular practice for mental health can be especially challenging with busy and demanding schedules. Students who seek out mental health support often do so at a time when anxiety and stress become overwhelming and sitting with those difficult feelings in meditation can feel intolerable.
MTER was developed as a trauma informed program for people who are in urgent need of mental health support but cannot tolerate mindfulness programs that require long periods of sitting meditation. It was created to help people who are experiencing overwhelming emotions develop a mindfulness practice through psychoeducation, brief meditations, and group support.
This workshop is an introduction to the MTER program and an overview of trauma and neuroscience informed practices.
About the Presenter
Rachael has over 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker and continues to help people build resilience and overcome adversity. She is passionate about addressing mental health stigma through healing conversations and education on the importance of access to mental health care.
After graduating from U of T and McGill, Rachael worked as a medical social worker at St. Michael’s Hospital for over 15 years in the departments of psychiatry, family practice, cancer care and palliative care. More recently Rachael opened a private practice which has allowed her to develop her own “neuropsychotherapy” practice that is grounded in evidence-based practices and integrates cutting edge, neuroscience based therapies such as EEG neurofeedback, mindfulness and body-oriented therapies.
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