Mighty Minds

Give your child the gift of learning research-supported behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness strategies proven to be effective in reducing and/or preventing stress, anxiety, and negative mood… before your child may really need them later in life.

Mighty Minds was founded by Practice SF founder, Nina Kaiser, Ph.D., in 2014. Nina is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of experience in working with children and families. She specializes in working with children and teens using cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based strategies that teach them how to:

  • Notice when they are feeling upset, worried, or stressed
  • Execute behavioral strategies to help calm themselves down and actively choose how to manage challenging situations (rather than simply reacting on auto-pilot)
  • Evaluate and put into perspective the thoughts that often are hiding behind negative emotions
  • Ground themselves in the present moment instead of getting stuck on perceived mistakes in the past or possible problems in the future

Over the course of time, Nina realized that these are key life skills that ALL children would benefit from learning and began Mighty Minds groups to offer that instruction in the context of small groups.

Mighty Minds groups introduce kids to mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral strategies helpful in effectively coping with anxiety, stress, anger/frustration, and other emotions. Through fun experiential activities, games, and discussions, kids learn life skills that support resilience, growth-mindset, compassion, persistence, and self-awareness. In addition to participation in the original curriculum and small-group discussion tailored to the kids’ specific needs/interests, participants receive:

  • Daily snack
  • Free kids yoga mat
  • Free kids t-shirt
  • A custom toolkit of mindfulness strategies
  • Tangible props supporting mindfulness (e.g. a glitter jar, stress ball, etc)
  • Exclusive parent resources and daily handouts summarizing strategies taught that day with ideas for how best to support kids working with those skills at home

 

5-class series price: $700
Please note that this is a reimbursable medical expense; families with PPO health insurance, medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs) or health savings accounts (HSAs) can request documentation to submit for reimbursement.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who instructs each group?
Nina Kaiser, PhD developed the Mighty Minds curriculum and is the lead instructor.

How many kids are in each group?
Groups are capped at 8 kids.

Who should participate?
We believe these are life skills that ANY kid (and truly, any adult!) could benefit from learning. Our mission is to arm kids currently in kindergarten through 6th grade with tools that we know are effective in diminishing stress, anxiety, and conflict before they may have more serious struggles as an adult. Some kids join Mighty Minds with specific challenges or goals, other kids join Mighty Minds to proactively learn these life strategies.

How are groups formed?
Groups are formed by children’s age and needs.

Register for Mighty Minds 2019:

Mighty Minds serves children during the school year (once a week after school, five weeks in a row). We have two remaining sessions for the 2018-2019 school year!  Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on upcoming school-year Mighty Mind groups.

  • Grades 5 – 6, GIRLS: Five Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30pm. Dates are: 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 (*skipping 2/21)
  • Grades 2 – 4, BOYS:  Five Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm, beginning in April 2019.  Specific dates to be announced this week.

If you are interested in having your child participate in one of these groups, please email info@practicesanfrancisco.com!  

 

Summer 2019 Mighty Minds Registration is OPEN!

Summer Mighty Minds is serving children completing K through 6th grade!  Summer Mighty Minds operates in an intensive format and involves five 90-minute sessions on five consecutive days (Monday to Friday).

This year, we will be running the program during five weeks (6/17-6/21, 6/24-6/28, 7/29-8/2, 8/5-8/9, and 8/12-8/16).  Groups all will run either 1:30pm-3pm or 3:30pm-5:00pm.  Cost for the program is $700, reimbursable by PPO health insurance, FSA, or HSA.  We do summer registrations on a rolling basis and circle back to you with confirmation as we generate groups; no payment is due until your child’s registration is confirmed.  At that time, you can opt either to pay a non-refundable $100 deposit (with the remaining $600 due at the first group session) or to pay the entire $700 cost of the program in full.

Please fill out this form to provide information on your child and indicate your scheduling availability.  Please note that the more flexible you are able to be about dates/times, the more likely it is that we will be able to match your child to a session.  

We are reviewing registrations on a rolling basis as we match children to groups based on age, needs, and family schedules.  We will reach out to you directly with next steps once we form a group that is a good fit for your child!

Here’s what past parents had to say:

“Our son just wished it was longer…  it has been great seeing him ‘catching himself’ and use some of the strategies he has learned.”  — Father of 2nd-grade boy

“My son has LOVED coming to the Mighty Minds camp.  He was very relaxed before and after and looked forward to it each day.  He learned valuable life skills which he already has started utilizing.  We will be back next year!”  — Mother of 5th-grade boy

“This was a wonderful class to empower our children, teach them to be mindful in all aspects of their lives, and go after their dreams.  Can’t wait for Part 2!”  — Mother of 3rd-grade girl

“Our daughter loved her week at Mighty Minds.  She learned a lot and made a new group of friends, too.”  — Mother of 4th-grade girl

“Our son loved Mighty Minds and ran up the stairs every day he attended.  I could tell he felt safe, appreciated, and valued.  I think that he better understands that all 3rd graders have challenges and he feels less alone.”  — Mother of 3rd-grade boy

 

View our schedule and sign up for a class on our scheduling page.

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