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Peter Oliver Presents on Mindfulness in Reducing Stress in Students (K-22)

Peter Oliver

Peter Oliver and, Deborah McCarthy, an occupational therapist and founder of the Mindfulness Collaborative for Youth and Schools, co-presented a workshop at the October, 2012, Forum on Improving Education Outcomes through Contemplative Practices.  The forum took place at Central Connecticut State University. Co-sponsors included the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, Capital Community College, and Hartford Seminary.

Participants in the workshop were invited to take part in exercises that demonstrated the use and effects of mindfulness in schools.  Given the ever-increasing demands to verify student success, classrooms are often experienced as stressful. Mindfulness is a powerful tool which reduces stress, while improving student attention and self-regulation.

Oliver, associate professor of education and human services in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, has been teaching psychology courses to students in education and health for 23 years.  His research focuses on applying mindfulness-based stress reduction to strategies to help teachers, parents, and health care providers.

To discuss the contents of this presentation and Oliver’s scholarly work in general, email: or call 860.768.5005.