May 4, 2015

1,000 educators, healthcare professionals, parents and students practice mindfulness at 27th annual Peel Psychology Conference

​As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, 1,000 educators, healthcare professionals, parents, and students will attend the Peel District School Board’s 27th annual school psychology conference on May 6 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The full-day workshop, Mindfulness to Enhance Student and Staff Well Being, will be led by Dr. Amy Saltzman. She will provide participants with an understanding of the practice of mindfulness to decrease student stress, anxiety, depression, and self-harming behavior, while increasing attention, learning, compassion for self and others, and healthy behaviours.

“Participants will leave with a toolbox of simple ways to introduce mindfulness to students and incorporate mindfulness practices into school life,” says Dr. Alessandra Capodilupo, Peel board psychologist and conference chair. “For the past 27 years, our annual conference has brought psychology to educators, always highlighting current topics that have a direct impact on student success.”

Amy Saltzman, M.D., is a holistic physician in Northern California who has applied mindfulness practices with children and adolescents. Recently, she has turned her attention to integrating these practices within the school environment through the development of a mindfulness curriculum that teachers can learn to use within their classrooms. Dr. Saltzman’s current research has found a significant impact on students in the areas of attention, anxiety, and compassion. More information on Dr. Saltzman’s work can be found at www.stillquietplace.com. ​

The conference is hosted by the Peel board’s Psychology Department and runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dr. Saltzman will be available for a book signing following the presentation. There will also be a book display courtesy of Parentbooks and an information display by The Psychology Foundation.

The Living Arts Centre is located at 4141 Living Arts Dr. in Mississauga.

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Media contact: Dr. Alessandra Capodilupo, Psychologist, Conference Chair, 905-451-2862 ext. 4280, [email protected] 
 
Dr. Jack Kamrad, Chief Psychologist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2356, [email protected]   

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, [email protected] 
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