It is our pleasure to invite you to the preconference "Mindfulness: Research and Practice". This one-day preconference will be held on 16th May, 2017, a day before the start of the larger, ERFCON 2017 conference, at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb (Campus Borongaj, Borongajska cesta 83f, Zagreb), Croatia.
The preconference aims to explore different aspects of mindfulness and compassion in order to better understand their potential in the prevention and treatment of various mental, emotional, and behavioural problems, and the promotion of mental health in general. Mindfulness will be approached from a perspective of various contexts: the education system, learning and teaching, clinical work, social work, and mindfulness in organizations. In addition, the preconference will explore methodological issues in mindfulness and compassion research, including insights from neuroscience.
We are pleased to announce that two experienced researchers and practitioners in the field of mindfulness and compassion will contribute to the conference with their invited talks: Dr David McMurtry (Inspired by Learning, Scotland and Croatia) and Kevin Hawkins (MindWell Education, Czech Republic). In order to provide an opportunity to experience mindfulness, seven different workshops will be offered to conference attendees (some of them will be held in Croatian, others in English).
We are very excited to provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders to meet, to exchange experiences, to share, and be inspired.The discussion on mindfulness and its potentials will continue at the main ERFCON 2017 conference.
We look forward to welcoming you to Zagreb, Croatia, on 16th May, 2017!
CALL FOR PAPERS
The ERFCON 2017 preconference "Mindfulness: Research and Practice" invites presentation proposals on the following topics:
- Conceptualizing mindfulness and compassion
- Mindfulness in education
- Mindfulness-based interventions in prevention and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioural problems
- Mindfulness in organizations
- Mindfulness and neuroscience
- Methodological issues in mindfulness and compassion research
TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS
ORAL PRESENTATION (20 minutes)
SYMPOSIUM (4-5 presentations around one topic, 90 minutes)
DATE AND VENUE
16 MAY 2017
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb
Campus Borongaj, Borongajska cesta 83f, Zagreb
Deadline for proposal submission: 5 April, 2017
Notification to authors of paper acceptance or Notification of acceptance: 15 April, 2017
Deadline for application: 5 May, 2017
Abstracts should be submitted online via the Comet system.
All abstracts should be submitted and presented in English.
ABOUT KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Dr David McMurtry lives in Zagreb. As well as being Co-Director of the publishing and training company ‘Inspired By Learning’ (www.inspiredbylearning.eu), David is Emeritus Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. He also teaches mindfulness. His lecture will explore why compassion is important in both education and in mindfulness practice. Key attitudes and elements of practice of relevance to learning, teaching and mindfulness, will be highlighted.
Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents in various contexts for over 30 years - as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe. Until recently, and for the past 10 years, he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic. Kevin has taught mindfulness to teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008. He is an Adviser to the Mindfulness in Schools Project as well as one of their lead teacher trainers. In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Kevin also works independently as a school consultant and trainer. His book for teachers on Mindfulness in Education will be published by SAGE in summer 2017.
|08:30 - 09:00||REGISTRATION
|09:00 - 09:15||OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE
|09:15 - 10:15||PLENARY PRESENTATION
"Shifting the Focus: Balancing Heart and Mind in Teaching and Learning"
|10:15 - 10:30||BREAK|
|10:30 - 11:30||PLENARY PRESENTATION
Dr David McMurtry
"Compassion in Education - From a Mindfulness Perspective"
|11:30 - 11:45||BREAK|
11:45 - 13:15
"Mindfulness for Kids and Teens" (CRO)
'Be Mindful, Teach Mindfully, Teach Mindfulness' - An introduction to mindfulness awareness training in primary and secondary schools
|13:15 - 14:15||LUNCH|
14:15 - 15:45
"Mindfulness for Teachers - CARE programme"
"Mindfulness in the Classroom"
|15:45 - 16:00||BREAK|
|16:00 - 17:30||
"Mindfulness - Wholesome State of Mind" (CRO)
|17:30 - 17:40||PRECONFERENCE CLOSING
ROOM D6, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences