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The Florida Department of Children and Families’ (DCF), Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH), in conjunction with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), would like to invite you to a FREE workshop. Up to 3.5 CEUs are available at no cost for individuals meeting the attendance requirements.

Mindfulness with Teens

Are you mindful or is your mind full? Teens are faced with many stresses, challenges and transition periods as they begin to emerge into adulthood. In a society that focuses on instant gratification, internet as a marker of worth and pressure to fit in, teens are in a unique position to learn mindfulness techniques to become more in control of their headspace in order to stay present, without judgement and act intentionally. Attendees will learn how to increase buy-in for teens to learn and practice mindfulness and teach strategies that are accessible and appealing to this specific population including decreased stress and anxiety, improved relationship satisfaction and cognitive processes.


Ashley Gonsler, LCSW

Who Should Attend?

This virtual workshop is designed for behavioral health and child welfare professionals, youth workers, educators, prevention agencies, community coalitions, and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities and DCF program staff.

Date(s) and Time(s)

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – North Florida  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 – Central Florida  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

Friday, May 28, 2021 – South Florida  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST


Up to 3.5 Continuing Education Units are approved for persons meeting the attendance requirements for the following:

Florida Certification Board Recognized Education Provider #A-001, Exp. Date 12/31/2021
Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 3/31/2023
Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 10/31/2021

About the Presenter(s)

Ashley M. Gonsler, LCSW, leads a Specialty Coordinated Care team comprised of clinicians, prescribers, peer mentors, education and employment specialists who collaborate to support transition age youth at Thresholds Emerging Adults Division in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, she engages in preventative work, crisis intervention and uses a strength-based approach to help youth, young adults and their families with identifying tangible ways to break generational cycles and begin to create sustainable, healthy and adaptive patterns.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Ashley holds advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P), a best practice for treating individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis and is trained in the Structured Interview of Psychosis-risk Syndromes (SIPS) to detect individuals at Clinical High Risk (CHR) of developing psychosis. As CHR Team Leader, she is committed to identifying and providing preventative treatment to individuals most at risk of developing serious mental illness

Please note this registration will be capped at 60 attendees per region to allow breakout rooms to be interactive and meaningful. This virtual workshop will be conducted via Zoom. To register for this event, please click on the date for your specific region to attend: