By: Diana Coholic Ph.D., Laurentian University
Facilitating Mindfulness is an affordable Canadian text on the vastly growing field of mindfulness in Social Work practice. It cuts through the overwhelming noise surrounding mindful based techniques. Students will learn a holistic approach to mindfulness, which will not only give them the tools they need to become more self-aware, but also become aware of how internal and external events may be affecting their clients. This text will also give students the techniques they need to facilitate mindfulness practice with clients, either one-on-one or in groups, to gain a better understanding of the factors provoking their own thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Mindfulness: An Overview
Chapter 3: Practicing Mindfulness
Chapter 4: Characteristics and Concepts in a Mindfulness-Based Approach to Life
Chapter 5: Facilitating Mindfulness using Experiential and Arts-Based Methods
Chapter 6: Facilitating Mindfulness from a Holistic and Strengths-Based Perspective Using Social Group Work
Chapter 7: The Holistic Arts-Based Program (HAP)
Chapter 8: Conclusion
About the Author
Diana obtained her Ph.D. at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and her M.S.W. degree at the University of Toronto. Diana is a practicing clinical social worker with 20+ years of experience, and she has been a board member of the local chapter of the Ontario Association of Social Workers since 2005. At Laurentian University, she is a core member of the research group ECHO - Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes.
Diana's research has focused on investigating the effectiveness of arts-based mindfulness group work for the improvement of resilience and self-concept particularly in marginalized children and youth. In September 2016, she began a new 3-year project (funded by the SSHRC) with youth aged 11-17 years old who are experiencing challenges with schooling. Information can be found on her research website: www.dianacoholic.com.
Diana is also the Academic Director for the Northern Ontario Region of the YouthREX project that has a mission to make "research evidence and evaluation accessible and relevant to Ontario’s youth sector through knowledge mobilization, capacity building and evaluation leadership."