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Upcoming Workshops and Presentations

Tzu Chi Center for Compassionate Relief

C.A.F.E. 229 Webinar [virtual webinar]

Mindfulness Matters to Children: Cultivating Mindfulness during Childhood

Friday October 16, 2020 at 4:00pm (Pacific Time, GMT -07:00)

Free and open to the public

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USC Institute for Integrative Health and Wellness 2020 conference: Wellness is an Inside Job: Healing the Mind & Body, Heart & Soul. [Virtual conference].

Mindfulness and Biofeedback: Treating Childhood Trauma from the Inside Out

Saturday November 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time, GMT -07:00)

(Up to 6 CME credits available)

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The Education University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Marriage and Family Therapy Association

Systemic and multidisciplinary perspectives and intervention in supporting SEN children: Collaboration among families, schools, agencies and institutes [2-day virtual conference]

Mindfulness Matters: Recognize and Respond to Children’s Emotional Distress with Mindfulness

Friday December 4, 2020 from 5:30 to 8:30pm (Pacific Time, GMT -07:00)

[Hong Kong] Saturday December 5, 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:30pm (GMT +08:00)

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Reiss-Davis Child Study Center and Institute

Saturdays at the Center Continuing Education Lecture Series

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Children: Treating Distressed Children with Mindfulness

3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034

[deferred due to COVID-19] Saturday April 18, 2020 from 9:30am to 12:45pm (3 CEs available)


Past Workshops and Presentations


Semple, R. J. Treating Childhood Distress with Mindfulness: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Children (MBCT-C) Clinical training workshop presented at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) 27th annual colloquium: Strengthening Practice Through Knowledge. Virtual conference. Sep 22, 2020.

Helping teens cope with trauma: Mindfulness in ITCT-A. Clinical training workshop presented at the 35th annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. San Diego, CA. Jan 29, 2020.

Practicing what we teach: Mindful self-care. Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA. Dec 17, 2019.

Mindfulness and metacognitive awareness. Clinical training workshop presented at the University of Southern California-Adolescent Trauma Training Center. Torrance, CA. Sep 19, 2019.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Children (MBCT-C). Two-day clinical training workshop sponsored by DePaul University College of Science and Health Family and Community Services. Chicago, IL. Aug 12-13, 2019.

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children: Treating Childhood Trauma with Mindfulness. Workshop presented at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) 26th Annual Colloquium. Salt Lake City, UT. Jun 22, 2019.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for internalizing and attention problems in children with cancer: A randomized clinical trial. University of California San Diego 2018 annual conference: Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Insights, Innovations, and Obstacles in Child and Adolescent Mindfulness. San Diego, CA. Feb 3, 2018.

Mobilizing mindfulness research in schools, clinics, and the community. University of California San Diego. Workshop presented at the University of California San Diego 2018 annual conference: Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference: Insights, Innovations, and Obstacles in Child and Adolescent Mindfulness, San Diego, CA. Feb 4, 2018.

Treating adolescent trauma with mindfulness. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 33rd Annual Meeting: Trauma and Complexity: From Self to Cells. Chicago, IL. Nov 9, 2017

Treating adolescent trauma with mindfulness. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s Advanced Training Summit. Portland, ME. Jun 21, 2017

Caring for yourself with mindfulness and compassion. Keynote address. Women’s Wellness Conference, Good Samaritan Hospital. Los Angeles, CA. May 20, 2017

Development and Integration of Mindfulness-Based Interventions into Clinical Practice. Invited address. 32nd annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse: Evidence-based Research and Practices in Child Sexual Abuse Treatment. Madison, WI. Nov 2, 2016.

Treating Childhood Trauma with Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children. Workshop presented at the 32nd annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse: Evidence-based Research and Practices in Child Sexual Abuse Treatment. Madison, WI. Nov 1, 2016.

Treating Adolescent Trauma with Mindfulness. Workshop presented at the 2016 annual colloquium of The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). New Orleans, LA. Jun 24, 2016.

Practicing Mindfulness When All is Not Well: Childhood Trauma, Depression, and Anxiety in the Classroom. University of California San Diego 2016 conference. Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness and Compassion in Clinical Practice, Education, and Research. San Diego, CA. Feb 27, 2016.

Mindful Learning-Mindful Living (ML2)

Intensive facilitator training for Five Acres School teachers, staff, and social workers

Five Acres School

760 W. Mountain View Street, Altadena, CA 91001

Dates: June 4, June 11, June 18, and June 25. Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Place: Zelstra building, conference room. By invitation only.

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April 2015, Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong Institute of Education hosted education and research presentations by Dr. Semple as well as a full-day clinical training workshop on Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Children.

Mindfulness research: What we don’t know and how you can help. University of California San Diego 2015 conference keynote address: Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness and Compassion in Clinical Practice, Education, and Research. San Diego, CA. Mar 1, 2015.

Treating complex trauma with mindfulness. Invited address, USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center conference, Torrance, CA. Oct 24, 2014.

Introduction to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children (MBCT-C). University of California San Diego. 2014 annual conference: Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education, and Research. San Diego, CA. Feb 9, 2014.

Introduction to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children (MBCT-C). Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies workshop presented at 2013 national convention. Nashville, TN. Nov 23, 2013.

Your cope runneth over? Managing stress with mindfulness. Invited lecture to graduate class. University of Southern California, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Sep 12, 2013.

Your cope runneth over? Managing freshman stress and anxiety with mindfulness. Invited undergraduate seminars. University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA. Aug 23-24, 2012.

Mindfulness – It’s not what you think! Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Fullerton, CA. Jul 8, 2012.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for anxious children. Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, and Association for Humanistic Psychology 2012 Conference on Mindfulness in Psychotherapy. Los Angeles, CA. Mar 3, 2012.

Introduction to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children (MBCT-C). University of California San Diego conference workshop. Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education, and Research. San Diego, CA. Feb 4-5, 2012.

Treating childhood anxiety with mindfulness. Child and Adolescent Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA. Jan 26, 2012.

Surviving stressful times with mindfulness: Don't believe everything you think! Association of Pasadena School Administrators Annual Meeting. Pasadena, CA. November 14, 2011.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children: Treating anxiety with mindfulness. International Conference on Mindfulness with Youth: Helping Children (K-12) Develop Mindful Awareness Inside the Classroom and Out. Banff, Alberta, Canada. July 15-17, 2011.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction: Survival in stressful times. Pathways to Wellness. Annual Jewish Community Conference on Mental Health. Mental Health Education Project, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Los Angeles, CA. May 17, 2009.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children. Mindfulness and Integrative Medicine Seminar, University of California Los Angeles, Semel Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Los Angeles, CA. January 26, 2009.

Treating anxiety with mindfulness: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children. Psychology Assessment Seminar, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA. January 23, 2008.

Treating anxiety with mindfulness: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children. Child and Adolescent Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA. November 29, 2007.

Postpartum depression: Diagnosis and treatment. Grand Rounds, New York City Department of Health. May 30, 2007.

Postpartum depression: Assessment and diagnosis. Grand Rounds, New York City Department of Health. May 14, 2007.

Acceptance, mindfulness, and change interventions for children, adolescents, and families: Clinical applications, empirical directions, and future directions. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Symposium presented at 2006 national convention, Chicago IL.

Initiating a genetics study with African-American participants. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Symposium presented at 2006 national convention, Washington DC.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children. Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York. June 1, 2005.