Arts & Mental Health Festival

Mindful Parenting in challenging times

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16 Nov 2020

TimeUTC+1 (Amsterdam)

20:00 - 20:45

Mindful Parenting in challenging times

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Despite its inherent joys, the challenges of parenting can produce considerable stress. Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic also may add parental stress. Even under optimal circumstances, the constant changes as children develop can tax parents’ inner resources.

Mindful Parenting (Bögels & Restifo, 2014; Bögels, 2020) is a structured mindfulness training program, designed for face to face group use. The program  focuses on mindfulness-oriented skills for parents, such as parenting with beginner’s mind, awareness and acceptance of strong emotions in parent and child, mindfully responding to (as opposed to reacting to) parenting stress, fostering (self)compassion and taking care of one’s inner child. The program is deeply rooted in scientific research. The program is now also adapted as a self-help book, and for online use.

In this lecture the theory and rationale  of mindful parenting is outlined, and demonstrated with short practices that participants can experience. We will specifically investigate how mindful parenting can help parents with the challenges and chances for parenting and family life in this pandemic.


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  • Susan Bögels
    Susan Bögels

    Susan Bögels is a psychotherapist, specialized in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and their families, and in mindfulness. She works as a professor in Family Mental Health and Mindfulness at the University of Amsterdam Her main research themes are the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology and mindfulness for parents and children. She initiated and was for 10 years the director of the academic treatment clinic for parents and children UvA minds in Amsterdam. She provides mindfulness training and teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness in Amsterdam and around the world.

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 16 Nov 2020
  • Time: 14:00 - 14:45