Mindfulness for Reduced Stress
Instructor: Katie Scherrer
Dates: September 7th through October 4th, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
The scientific research on mindfulness is in and it is remarkable. Through simply making time in our lives to pay attention, on purpose, and without judgement (practicing mindfulness), we can actually change our brains in ways that reduce stress and replace our tendency toward worry, stress, fear, anger, depression, and anxiety with flexibility, calm, self-regulation, informed decision-making, peace, and happiness. This workshop introduces participants to the science of mindfulness, specifically exploring ways in which mindfulness can support library work. To get the most benefit, participants should plan to dedicate a minimum of 5-10 minutes per day engaging in the various mindfulness practices presented in the workshop. To reap the benefits of mindfulness in our daily lives, we must go beyond learning about its benefits. We must actually begin to practice, and this course guides participants in doing just that.
For a basic introduction to mindfulness, and to get a sense of Katie's teaching style, you can view an archived version of her May 2018 Infopeople webinar.
Katie Scherrer is a consultant, writer, early childhood education trainer, librarian, yoga teacher, and the founder of Stories, Songs, and Stretches!, a startup devoted to enhancing early learning through embodied play. Katie began working in public libraries in 2005 and quickly discovered that her Spanish-language skills were in great demand. Completely unexpectedly, librarianship became her career and working with Latinx immigrant communities became her passion. At the same time, she discovered the practices of yoga and mindfulness, which slowly transformed her life into one of greater empowerment and less reactivity. Katie has been working as a consultant since 2012, helping libraries and educational organizations increase their inclusion of Latinx communities. She now travels across the country, sharing workshops on mindfulness, inclusion, yoga, and other related topics with librarians, educators, social workers, yoga teachers, and others who serve children and families. Her teaching style is encouraging and warm, while grounded in research and current best practices. Katie is an active member of ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) and a lifetime member of REFORMA (The National Organization to Promote Library and Information Sciences to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking). She was a member of the 2013 Pura Belpré book award committee, and has published two books with the American Library Association, Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish (coauthored with Jamie Campbell Naidoo) and Stories, Songs, and Stretches! Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement. Find more at www.connectedcommunitiesconsulting.com and www.storiessongsandstretches.com. Interview with Katie Scherrer
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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