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Strengthening Connection and Community: Mindfulness Practices for Professionals, Educators, and Families

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT |  Andrea Dorn, MSW, LISW-CP
1 Hour 09 Minutes
Jul 15, 2021
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After over a year of distance and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, disconnection and autopilot have become means of survival for many, and especially for those in the helping profession and educators. As our world slowly reopens, restructuring how we view and practice reconnection and community are more important now than ever. 

As child and adolescent clients and students continue to need support upon reintegration, professionals need accessible skills and resources that support self-care, self-compassion, and felt-safety. In connecting more intentionally with the self, these skills will impact not only professionals, but the children and adolescent clients and students they work with in the form of increased co-regulation, attunement, and interpersonal connection. 


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT's Profile

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Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, is an author and educator who works to support all children and teens in the development of strong inner resources through the tools of yoga and mindfulness. Her goal is to help kids, and those who care for them, thrive in the world regardless of circumstances, and navigate the many challenges they face with a sense of personal power and self-awareness.

As the founder and CEO of Little Flower Yoga, Jennifer brings embodied mindfulness programming and education to schools and community organizations nationwide, serving students, families, educators, and mental health providers. She is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the board president of the non-profit Yoga Service Council, which works to maximize the effectiveness and sustainability of those committed to sharing practices supporting healing, resilience, self-development, community building and positive social change.

Jennifer is the author and co-author of numerous titles and card decks, including Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Card Deck (PESI, 2016), Little Flower Yoga (New Harbinger, 2013) and children’s books, Thank You Body, Thank You Heart (PESI, 2019) and Thank You Mind (PESI, 2020).

Jennifer’s work has been featured in prominent publications including NY Times, The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Publishers Weekly, and Yoga Journal and endorsed by thought leaders including Dan Siegel, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson and Congressman Tim Ryan. Jennifer is an engaging presenter committed to collective growth and learning. She offers powerful information in a practical, easy-to-implement format with warmth, humor and joy.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jennifer Cohen Harper is the owner and CEO of Little Flower Yoga. She is a published author and receives royalties. Jennifer Cohen Harper receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jennifer Cohen Harper is an advisor to the Center for Resilience. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and the International Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness.

Andrea Dorn, MSW, LISW-CP's Profile

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Andrea Dorn, MSW, LISW-CP, is a mom and licensed clinical social worker who works as a psychotherapist with adults and children of all ages. The Mindful Steps series was created as a culmination of her interest and background in mindfulness as well as behavioral and attachment theories. Andrea is dedicated to helping young minds and their families navigate the big and small changes that come with child development by encouraging mindfulness and emotional connection.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Andrea Dorn maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and product royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Andrea Dorn has no relevant non-financial relationships.



  1. Determine how mindfulness practices are effective in enhancing connection to self, relationships, and the community. 
  2. Utilize mindfulness practices to decrease conflicting emotions and build stronger relationships with attunement and healthy boundaries. 
  3. Demonstrate connection-based mindfulness skills to focus on core needs of clients and students. 


  • Building Emotional Awareness  
    • Emotion check-in Practice 
    • Building Connection to Ourselves  
    • Normalizing Complex and Conflicting Emotions 
    • Body Awareness Practice 
  • Self-Compassion and Grounding Practices  
    • Self-compassion exercise: soothing touch and self-compassion break 
    • Sense of felt-safety: grounding and breathwork for caregivers practice 
    • Practice for increasing grounded energy: seated sun salutations 
    • Reframing how we consider boundaries and self-care in pandemic (what’s in our control) 
  • Reintegration and Connection with Others 
    • Focusing on Core Needs 
    • Attuned Listening  
    • Practices for Building Connection (Playful Copycat, Kind Wishes) 
  • Moving Forward 
    • Building our Toolkit 
    • Community as a Resource 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel

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