The North Central Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) held a one day community education conference, “Applications of Mindfulness to Mental Health and Well-Being”.
The conference brought experts together from university and community practices to discuss the science, practice, and applications of mindfulness for mental health and well-being. Attendees participated in didactic and experiential learning to understand these techniques first hand and be able to incorporate these tools into clinical practice.
UF Department of Psychiatry Associate Professor, Dr. Carol Lewis opened the conference with a presentation on the history and empirical evidence of mindfulness practice in a session titled, “Mindfulness and Mental Health” as well as a late morning presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Trauma, and Mindfulness as a Resilience Skill.
“As an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UF and local chapter representative for the Florida Psychological Association, it was an absolute pleasure to witness professionals inside as well as outside of our community come together to learn how to help others as well as ourselves apply mindfulness to mental health and well-being. I am thankful for UF’s very own, Dr. Carol Lewis, serving as our opening speaker and introducing us to efficacious application of mindfulness in our practice as well as our daily lives.”
-Anyaliese D. Hancock-Smith, PhD
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