On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA) visited the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) to host an all-day workshop called, “Social Emotional Learning through Yoga and Mindfulness.” Participants discussed how integrating the use of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) can be beneficial for students in the classroom.
“CSCA events give us the opportunity to share our beautiful campus with Connecticut’s high school counselors, some of whom have never been here before. It is a great opportunity to remind them of this wonderful resource as they guide their students in the college selection process,” said Kathleen M. Barrett, Ed.D., associate professor of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies.
The presenter was Capitol Region Education Council’s Education Technology Specialist Emily Rosen. Rosen shared how CASEL can “have a positive impact on behavior, stress levels, relationships, and the ability to focus and concentrate for students.” By the end of this workshop, counselors learned how to integrate yoga and mindfulness with CASEL’s Social and Emotional Learning competencies, reviewed case studies and research supporting this work, and learned basic yoga and mindfulness techniques appropriate for a school environment.