Mindfulness Approaches For Promoting Wellbeing in Adolescents

Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F
Guest Speaker: Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

Recorded on: July 12, 2023
Length: One hour

This webinar presents ideas for integrating mindfulness and other brain-based approaches into the treatment of adolescents with histories of harmful behaviors. The ideas incorporate the rigor of science, the beauty of art, the wisdom of reflection, and years of clinical experience in this field. The presenter, Michelle Gourley, first became formally experienced with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the wake of significant personal life events. This led her to explore how this approach, and others like it, can be used with the clients in her care.

Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD
Independent Business Owner, Michelle Gourley & Associates, LLC

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD is a licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, and family and juvenile law attorney. Michelle is a co-founder of Utah NOJOS (Network on Juveniles Offending Sexually) and currently serves as a member of the national ATSA (Association for the Treatment and Prevention of Sex Abuse) Juvenile Best Practice Committee. Michelle also co-founded Gateway Academy—a premier residential treatment program and school dedicated to the healthy development and healing of adolescent boys who struggle with anxiety, depression, ASD, and learning differences. During her work as Director of Clinical Development and Integration at Gateway, Michelle developed the brain-based and mindfulness approach that integrates recent research in neuroscience into both treatment and academic programming.

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