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Free workshop focuses on mindfulness for first responders

Co-sponsored by two NSU colleges

NSU will host the free workshop “Mindfulness-Based Self-Care for First Responders and the Healing and Helping Professions” on Dec. 14.

The workshop, which includes lunch, will take place from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Carl DeSantis Building at the Fort Lauderdale-Davie Campus. The workshop is co-sponsored by the College of Psychology and the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice.

“The workshop will help leaders to understand more about the implementation of mindfulness and how the organization can benefit from it,” said one of the workshop’s facilitators, Associate Professor James Pann, Ph.D., of the College of Education.

The workshop will highlight the need for first responders and people in the helping professions to practice self-care and prevent burnout. Facilitators will discuss practices that attendees can incorporate into their daily lives. Topics include:

  • “The Science of Mindfulness for Self-Care” with Associate Professor Jonathan Banks, Ph.D., of the College of Psychology’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.
  • “Mindfulness for Self-Care: An Everyday Practice for the Helping and Healing Professions” with Banks, Department of Counseling Associate Professor Isabel Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Eric Thompson, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Molly Scanlon, Ph.D., of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • “Tactical Mindfulness for First Responders” with Lt. Maureen Themis Fernandez of the Davie Police Department.

To register for the event, visit

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