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 2019-2020 Mighty Minds!
Mighty Minds is serving children completing K through 6th grade. In the spring of 2020, Mighty Minds will meet for five 90-minute sessions on consecutive Monday or Thursday afternoons. We review registrations on a rolling basis as we match children to groups based on age, needs, and family schedules.
Please fill out this form to provide information on your child and indicate your scheduling availability. 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.
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
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!
with Dr. Nina Kaiser
We’ve started one-time Alumni Booster sessions! More information coming soon. For questions and inquiry, contact email@example.com
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