Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization

From Stress to Resilience : Parenting During Unprecedented Times


About Us


Registration open through 2/24/2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


Registration is open for all dates, you may still attend if you did not participate in the first sessions.


Target Audience



Dr. Kristen Brendel


Dr. Kristen Brendel, Ph.D., LCSW, PEL, C-IAYT, CYT is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Aurora University. Her teaching, research, and practice interests involve the intersection of mindfulness-based interventions, stress reduction, and clinical social work practice. Dr. Brendel is also the executive director of Per La Vita Wellness, LLC, a social enterprise, with the mission of increasing support and protective mechanisms for communities, mental health professionals, and educators. With an expertise in mindfulness-based interventions, Dr. Brendel presents nationally and internationally on her research and regularly facilitates professional development workshops and retreats at private agencies, school districts and social services organizations.


Times for all dates - 7:00pm-7:30pm


Thursday, February 4, 2021 - Week 1: Introduction and foundations of resilience

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - Week 2: Mindfulness-based stress reduction

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Week 3: Sustainable self-care

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Week 4: Psychophysiological connections

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - Week 5: Self-compassion

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - Week 6: Setting boundaries

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Week 7: Interconnectedness

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Week 8: Gratitude

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - Week 9: Loving-Kindness

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - Week 10: Review and goals for continued practice



In this ten-week training offered remotely, parents will receive immediately applicable information, as well as practices ranging from sustainable self-care to the science behind stress, resilience, and mindfulness, based on science and current research. Each meeting will include a review of the previous week, a new topic that supports resilience and self-care, and an evidence-based mindfulness practice.




  1. Participants will learn the major tenets of mindfulness-based self-care including mindset, psychophysiological processes, and practices to help manage and reduce stress.

  2. Participants will engage in self-care methods such as mindfulness meditations and breathing practices.

  3. Participants will develop a realistic and sustainable plan for self-care.


Online Via Zoom (Link to come)