Mindfulness training for Youth with ADHD, Youth with ASD and parallel Mindful Parenting

UvA minds You will close January 2019. Therefore, the training 22-10 - 26-10 will be the last training given by UvA minds You!


MYmind training is a mindfulness-based 9 session parent and child training program that aims to improve focus and concentration, and decreases impulsivity, hyperactivity, and aggression in youth (9-18 years) with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). MYmind has recently been extended to address stress, anxiety and depression and appears to have a positive effect on social communication in children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The parallel mindful parenting training helps parents to deal with the problems of their children in a mindful, non-reactive way. In addition, parents learn how they can support and reward their child's mindfulness training.

This 5½-day MYmind advanced teacher training is meant for mental health professionals with a background in mindfulness training and meditation, who want to use MYmind with their clients. The training will be given in English. Participants will receive training in both the child and the parent program. MYmind is provided by two therapists, one for the child group and one for the parallel parent group. As such, it is advisable to participate in the current training with a colleague, although not required. By means of meditation practices, in which participants place themselves in the role of youth and of parents, the typical MYmind exercises are experienced, and subsequently practiced in the role of the instructor. Video-examples will be shown.

Although this is primarily a clinical training, some research elements will be included as well. The effects of MYmind for children with ADHD and ASD and their parents will be discussed.

From this workshop, participants will learn:

  • How to conceptualize ADHD and ASD in a mindfulness framework
  • How to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents
  • How to work with groups of youth with ADHD or ASD
  • How to instruct mindful parenting to their parents
  • How to work with children and parents together

Registration information

Prior to being formally accepted for the MYmind training, potential participants must email the following information to Lana van Rijswijk (Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.): an updated CV, a letter of motivation that describes their background and goals of the current training (maximum 1 page), and past clinical and mindfulness training experience (maximum ½ page). Upon review of the application, participants will be informed that they have been accepted and will be allowed to register. It is recommended that participants do not make plans to come to the training prior to being formally accepted.

Registration requirements

This international training is designed for psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists and health/mental health professionals working with child and/or adolescent clients and/or their parents. Participants are expected to have a formal practice in mindfulness, including having completed a course in MBSR or MBCT and participated in a 4-day (or longer) mindfulness retreat or have the intention to complete this soon after the training. The MBSR or MBCT course can be done in parallel with the workshop timing. Upon completion of the 4-day training, MBSR or MBCT course, and 4-day retreat, participants will receive a certificate as a MYmind instructor.

Information about the trainers

Prof. dr. Susan Bögels, is a professor in Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam, as well as a licensed clinical psychologist and cognitive behavior and child and family therapist. Her research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology, through parent-child and family interactions, with a specific focus on the father, on the role of attentional processes in psychopathology, and on child and family interventions, including mindfulness. She is also the director of the academic center for the treatment of parents and children, UvA minds, in which evidence-based cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions are offered to families. She is a practicing mindfulness trainer, specialized in mindfulness for children and their parents in a mental health context. She is the author of the book Mindful Parenting: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners (2013) together with Kathleen Restifo, and has published many articles in the field of mindfulness and youth psychopathology. She is a member of the workgroup on Anxiety, Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum, Post Traumatic, and Dissociative Disorders of the DSM-5.


Date and time 2018

October 22 till 26, 2018


UvA minds You
Address: Banstraat 29, 1071 JW Amsterdam
Number of participants: 12 - 20
Trainers: Prof. dr. Susan Bögels 
Costs: €1000,- (reduced price)
The rate is inclusive a copy of the ADHD and ASD training protocols and workbooks for children and parents