Dr. Jamie Hopkins: "Getting Out of Your Head: Mindful Strategies for Everyday Life"
Dr. Jaime Hopkins is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Florida with over 15 years experience treating children with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs. She has extensive experience consulting with parents and teachers and has partnered with school systems in the past to incorporate Mindfulness techniques into classrooms to reduce stress and improve emotional functioning for students. Currently, Dr. Hopkins provides evaluation and counseling services to children and adults within TELL counseling center in Tokyo, and regularly speaks in the community on ways to improve social-emotional health.
This presentation will begin with a demonstration of how our body and brain respond to stress using a biofeedback based program. We will practice basic mindfulness techniques, particularly those that have shown to be effective for young people, and demonstrate the effectiveness of these techniques on slowing our breathing, heart rate and other physiological responses that are common when experiencing stress. We will follow the practice with a discussion on how to introduce the topic to children and increase motivation for practice using computer based “gaming.” We will end the session with a discussion on how these skills can be incorporated into our daily (busy!) lives to combat stress and anxiety and help us to lead a mindful lifestyle throughout childhood and into adulthood.