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Mindfulness: The Foundation for SEL

Broadcast on February 11, 2023
With Dr. Kay Colbert, DSW, LCSW & Sarah Sampson
Hosted by Daniel Sunshine

Join Dr. Kay Colbert, DSW, LCSW and Sarah Sampson sharing highlights of our SEL and mindfulness work with the Dallas Independent School District, as well as mindfulness trainings with other public and private schools. Hear about doctoral research on mindfulness, and the neuroscience that supports mindfulness as a mechanism of positive change.

In this session, you’ll:

  • Learn how mindfulness really works
  • Find out practical tips on using mindfulness for self-care for teachers
  • Experience a brief mindfulness meditation
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Dr. Kay Colbert, DSW, LCSW

Doctor of Clinical Social Work

Dr. Kay Colbert, DSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Dallas, TX. Dr. Colbert specializes in substance abuse and addictive behaviors, mental health issues trauma, anxiety, women’s issues, and mindfulness. She lectures on mental health, addiction, trauma, and mindfulness topics at local and national workshops and conferences.

Dr. Colbert has approximately 300 hours of professional training in mindfulness-based programs through the University of San Diego Medical School Center for Mindfulness and is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, and Mindful Self-Compassion. She conducts mindfulness trainings at Dallas Yoga Center and is the lead trainer of the Mindfulness Certification Program.

Dr. Colbert received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, with her dissertation research focusing on using mindfulness interventions with addictions.

Dr. Colbert is co-author, with Roxanna Erickson-Klein, PhD, LPC, of Engage the Group, Engage the Brain: 100 Experiential Activities for Addiction Treatment (Central Recovery Press, 2015). A native of London, England, Kay lives in Dallas, Texas, and Whitefish, Montana. She and her husband of 40 years have two adult children.

Sarah Sampson

SEL and Mindfulness Consultant

Sarah Sampson is a lead trainer and consultant for SEL for Education, an organization that provides trainings and consultation to schools and organizations using evidence-based Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness practices. 

As the former Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator for Keller ISD, Sarah led the district-wide implementation of SEL for over 34,000 students. 

Additionally, Sarah is the co-founder of The Mind-Body Ecology Institute, a non-profit that draws nature-based mindfulness and embodiment practices together to support inner sustainability to address the challenges of climate change, environmental degradation, and inequity.

Sarah is trained in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) through the UC San Diego Medical School. As a certified social-emotional learning, restorative practices, and embodiment teacher, Sarah has developed training, curriculum, and workshops to empower educators and humans of all kinds nationwide. 

Dr. Kay Colbert, DSW, LCSW & Sarah Sampson