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Mindful Minutes: Cultivating Awareness in Children

Catherine Tyink, BSW, MS, NBCT; Christine Kortbein, MA

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Mindful Minutes: Cultivating Awareness in Children is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides a deeper understanding of what mindfulness is and how it can help children to develop social and emotional regulation skills, manage stress, and skillfully approach the challenges they face in life.

We begin by exploring how the attention of today’s youth is susceptible to increased demands and overstimulation from screen related technology and the idea that children’s attention is a commodity, which can be cultivated and harvested with detrimental effects on their well-being. This leads into a brief discussion on the how, and possibly why, children’s mental health has deteriorated in recent years.

Evidence-based research on the positive effects of mindfulness on children’s social and emotional wellbeing is presented. Five mindfulness skill areas are introduced, followed by ten creative mindfulness skill building techniques. These techniques are shared through description, application, research, and examples of real-life stories, illustrating how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine.

Finally, we outline how mindfulness can be fostered through “Try It” activities that will support children as they learn how to focus, cultivate self-awareness, regulate emotions, and respond calmly to situations with kindness and compassion.

Course #31-45 | 2022 | 53 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify three possible reasons for the deterioration of children’s mental health in recent years
2. List three benefits of mindfulness for children
3. Differentiate between teaching mindfulness to adults and teaching mindfulness to children
4. Summarize the connection between engaging in creative arts (music, visual art, dance, etc.) and mindfulness
5. Describe how mindful movement and using the four senses can support children’s social and emotional well-being
6. Explain how positive psychology creates health and emotional well-being

AOTA Approved Provider

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course provider ID# 3159. This distance learning-independent course is offered at 0.3 CEUs, intermediate level, OT service delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners; the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635) (all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Participant successfully completed the required assessment component for this activity.


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Catherine Tyink, BSW, MS, NBCT, is a counselor, grief support specialist, National Board-Certified School Counselor, and writer. Catherine serves as a hospice social worker and is the co-author of Grief Reimagined: 50 Creative Strategies to Build Resilience.

Financial: Catherine Tyink receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Christine Kortbein, MA, has been a curator of mindful arts and an ambassador for connecting creativity with self-discovery for over thirty years. Christine has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Art Therapy and leads workshops and presentations on creative self-care and personal development. She is co-author of Grief Reimagined: 50 Creative Strategies to Build Resilience.

Financial: Christine Kortbein receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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