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Dan Harris, ABC News

April 5th, 2017

Unlocking the Power of Mindfulness

Online registration has closed. Please call MPY at 781-897-6800 to inquire about registration. 


The 19th annual SECURE Conference features ABC News Anchor Dan Harris who will take conference attendees through his personal journey  of discovering mindfulness, which led him to become calmer, make more productive decisions and become 10% Happier (the title of his 2014 book).  The conference will begin with a segment about how mindfulness may be used in the workplace to impact and benefit diverse employees, with an emphasis on stress reduction and working with youth. A panel discussion with mindfulness experts will focus on better understanding the positive physiological changes mindfulness brings and give practical suggestions for application in school settings.  Harris will be the closing keynote speaker after lunch. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

Assabet Valley Technical High School

215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough

$50 for members, $150 for non-members

Special Offer- Each member district may bring up to 10 participants for $150. All participants must be registered together on the MPY website and registration must be paid for by one purchase order or check.

Program Speakers: 

·         Dan Harris, Correspondent for ABC News, Anchor for Nightline and Co-Anchor for the Weekend Edition of Good Morning America 

·         Tara Healey, M.A., Program Director for Mindfulness Learning, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

·         Mitch Abblett., Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy , Manville School at Judge Baker  Children’s Center

·         Jessica Morey, M.A., Executive Director, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education

·         Christopher Willard, Psy.D., Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

·         Fiona Jensen, OTR/L, Founder and Executive Director of Calmer Choice

Unlocking the Power of Mindfulness may be linked with the fall conference Growing Mindful – Essential Practices for Building Resilience for ten PDPs or the spring Family Interventions and Mindful Practices for Youth with ASD conference for ten PDPs. Attending all three mindfulness conferences will yield 15 PDPs. This conference offers CEUs from NASW and MaMHCA. 


About the speakers:

Dan Harris is co-anchor of “Nightline” and the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” on ABC News. He also regularly files reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio.  In 2014, Harris published the book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works. It went to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and then became an app, designed to teach meditation to skeptics. Harris joined ABC News in March 2000 and has covered many of the biggest stories in recent years. He reported on the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona, and natural disasters from Haiti to Myanmar to New Orleans. He has also covered combat in Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, and has made six visits to Iraq. Prior to joining ABC News, Harris was an anchor at New England Cable News (NECN), the largest regional cable news network in the country, from 1997 to 2000. Before that, he was an anchor and political reporter at WCSH, an NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine, for two years. He began his broadcasting career as a reporter for WLBZ, the NBC affiliate in Bangor, Maine. Harris has been honored several times for his journalistic contributions. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on a young Iraqi man who received the help he needed in order to move to America, and in 2009 and 2014 won Emmy Awards for international reporting that aired on “Nightline.” In 2013, he received the ASPCA's Presidential Service Award for Media Excellence. A graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Harris also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Colby and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He was raised in Newton and currently lives in New York City with his wife, Bianca, and their son, Alexander, and three cats.

Tara Healey is the founder and director of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Mind the Moment mindfulness program. Under Tara’s direction, since 2006 Mind the Moment has developed mindfulness programs for over 150 institutions representing in a wide variety of industries, including  90 minute workshops; day-long executive retreats; and multi-week courses. Tara has spoken about mindfulness at numerous events domestic and abroad, and has contributed articles to Mindful Magazine and the Harvard Business Review blog.


Mitch Abblett, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and is the Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a non-profit focusing on education and training at the intersection of mindfulness and treatment. For over a decade, he was the Clinical Director of a Harvard-affiliated special education therapeutic school in Boston. He maintains a private psychotherapy and consulting practice, speaks nationally and internationally, and has published several books about mindfulness, professional development, and family mental health.

Jessica Morey, MA is the Executive Director of iBme. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She returned every year for 6 years and then participated for 10 years in an IMS young adult mentoring group. Jessica has attended longer retreats (1-3 months) in Asia and the U.S., and is the co-founder and lead teacher for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance at the World Bank, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Clean Energy Group. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. Her published works range from the chapter 'Ordinary Awakening' in Blue Jean Buddha to Conflict Resolution of the Boruca Hydro-Energy Project: Renewable Energy Production in Costa Rica. Her teaching and work was featured on the cover of December 2016 Mindful magazine. And she was recently interviewed on Dan Harris's 10% Happier podcast.

Fiona Jensen, OTR/L,Founder and Executive Director of Calmer Choice, is a graduate of Tufts University and a clinical occupational therapist. Fiona is a tireless advocate for mindfulness in education, and was featured in the April 2013 issue of Mindful magazine. She has presented the Calmer Choice program at numerous regional conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Tufts University.

Christopher Willard, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist whose work has included community mental health centers, hospitals, private clinics, schools and universities.  Dr. Willard teaches at Lesley University and Harvard Medical School and works part-time in private practice with a focus on mindfulness, anxiety and learning issues.  He is the author of “Child's Mind” and he recently published a workbook for anxious teens. Dr. Willard received his doctorate from The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.



Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must contact Stephanie Guyotte via email at stephanie.guyotte@state.ma.us. All cancellations must be received via email at least 72 hours before the scheduled event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee.

Accessibility and Accommodations

All Middlesex Partnerships for Youth conferences are handicapped accessible. Middlesex Partnerships for Youth will work to make reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with disabilities. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks before the event. Direct accommodation requests to Executive Director Margie Daniels at Margie.daniels@state.ma.us.

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