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.

Registration is Open for 2019 Summer Mighty Minds!

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).

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!

How We Got Started

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.

 

Program Overview

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
  • 30 minute parent consultation (in person or by phone) after the close of your child’s session in order to debrief about your child’s participation and discuss how best to support him/her with the Mighty Minds skills moving forward

Registration

The Mighty Minds program is a 5-class series.  Cost for the class series is $800; this includes the five classes plus a 30 minute parent consultation (in person or by phone) after the close of the program to check in about your child’s participation, answer any questions you might have, and offer input on a plan about how best to support your child with the Mighty Minds skills as you move forward.  (Additional parent consultation is always available, billed at our usual rates.)  At the time of Mighty Minds registration, you can opt to pay either for the program in full or to pay a non-refundable $150 deposit, with the remaining balance due on the first day of class.  

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. 

You may start the registration process by filling out the online inquiry form below; we match children to groups based on age and needs.  There is no obligation or commitment until your child is assigned to a session.  We will be in touch with you once an appropriate session for your child is available!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who instructs each group?
All of our staff therapists who work with kids and families take turns leading Mighty Minds sessions!  Our founder, Nina Kaiser, PhD, developed the Mighty Minds curriculum and leads some sessions herself.  Other Mighty Minds sessions are led by Dina Greenwald, LMFT, or Stephanie Rooney, PhD.  

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.

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

 

New Mighty Minds Booster Sessions for Alumni!

August 26 and 29, 2019
with Dr. Nina Kaiser

If your child has previously participated in the Mighty Minds program, he/she is eligible for our brand new alumni booster sessions!

These small Alumni groups will meet once for a 1 hour and 45 minute session. Each booster session will give your child the chance to review/refresh the skills he/she learned in Mighty Minds and to problem-solve about applying those skills to any new situations before they launch into the new school year!

Cost is $150 per child; as with the main Mighty Minds program, this is a qualified medical expense reimbursable by PPO health insurance, FSA, or HSA.

The alumni program is open to any student who has completed Mighty Minds during the six years that we now have been running the program! We will be assigning students to sessions based on age/grade and family schedules — e.g., if we receive many registrations from current 4th graders, we will start by scheduling an alumni group of current 4th graders; if we receive many registrations from current 9th graders, we will prioritize scheduling a session for current 9th graders. The earlier you register, the more likely it is that we will be able to match your child to a session that fits with your family’s schedule!

If your child is a Mighty Minds alum, you should have received an email from us with more details and a registration link. If your child is an alum, but you have not heard from us, please reach out to us by email at info@practicesanfrancisco.com.

Stay Tuned!

We will be launching a larger-scale alumni program either in the fall of 2019 or spring of 2020.

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