The presenters introduce the outcomes of multiple grant-funded studies that were each performed using a combined social–emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness-based intervention (MBI), as delivered to 3- and 4-year-old children who hailed from economically challenged homes and who attended state-sponsored pre-K schools. Additionally, the presenters will provide equal treatment to the description of the developmentally and culturally appropriate techniques used in the intervention. Resources will be provided.
Participants will learn specific SEL and MBI strategies that are germane to the developmental and cultural needs of young children. These strategies are grounded in decades of evidence and practices related play-based counseling interventions, cognitive and developmental science, SEL and MBI, and other related literatures. The researchers will especially focus on the translation and implementation of five recommendations proffered by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) (2012). These presenters will illustrate five counseling techniques related to these recommendations in a culturally an developmentally relevant manner.
Participants will learn about the theoretical and practice bases of SEL and MBI as each are relevant to counseling. These approaches are generally nascent in the counseling literature, yet there are clear and useful applications of each. Participants will learn about their conceptual similarities and differences and useful strategies to implement SEL and MBI while counseling young children and working with early childhood educators and family members.
Participants will learn about the procedures and results associated with multiple studies related to the current presentation. The authors procured multi-year grant funding and performed a variety of interventions and empirical studies related to SEL and MBI interventions with young children in economically challenging circumstances. The participants will learn about some of the challenges and successes related to this work. Also, they will learn about the encouraging findings from the outcome studies, which in turn align this work with evidence-based counseling practices.