Barbara Koffske Reid, Ph.D., M.A., M.Ed., LMFT: Professor and core faculty member at Cambridge College where she has designed, developed, directed and taught curriculum related to health, wellness and human services for nearly 20 years. She currently chairs the Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Health Promotion major. Her work has focused largely on determinants of health, addressing disparities and implementing strategies to address high levels of chronic stress in educational, community and healthcare settings. She lectures nationally and internationally, as well as serving on statewide taskforces with an interest in integrating wellness and health promotion into a variety of venues. She is a consultant with DPH to integrate Wellness and Nutrition into the prevention, treatment and recovery of substance use disorders. Dr. Reid has also presented on the importance of addressing self-care in venues such as Departments of Public Health, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American College of Surgeons. Her credentials include advanced degrees in Counseling Psychology; Social Policy, focusing on disparities and social determinants of health; Health Policy and Health Promotion; and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She was awarded the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse’s Research Training Grant while at The Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis University.
The increase of stress and its negative consequences has become a global phenomenon that impacts individuals and families everyday. We are constantly barraged by information, distractions, and are juggling multiple challenges and demands, all of which tend to increase the levels of stress we experience. This holds true for both children and adults. The result of this increase in stress often results in an increased risk in physical and mental health problems along with a decrease in the quality of our lives, our relationships and families.
Finding healthy ways to cope with everyday chronic stress is something we can all benefit from. The lack of effective, healthy coping skills has taken a toll on all of us: our kids, families, communities and society at large. We will focus on what we can do to address the negative impact of chronic, normalized stress. We will look at concrete, doable strategies that have been proven to be effective in reducing stress and to increasing health, to begin to shift the stress we experience within a multifaceted, ever-changing world.
Interview 2: Milton’s Secret & Mindfulness in the Family
In this workshop parents and others concerned with kids and families, will learn what mindfulness is, and the many ways in which it can benefit themselves, children and families. We will explore how integrating mindfulness can change the quality of family life, however family is defined. This session will draw on the curriculum that was developed in conjunction with Milton’s Secret, a movie based on Eckhart Tolle’s work, that offers a simple solution to an over stressed, conflicted world. Milton’s Secret depicts a modern day family dealing with challenges, common to most families: time pressures, constant distractions, concerns of work, finances, family, kids and bullying. We will provide a brief overview of the movie; highlight the ways in which parents and others can begin to integrate mindfulness into an already busy, hectic life in an effort to be less reactive, more present, and remain calmer in the face of whatever circumstances life throws our way.
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