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Mind Matters Now – Complete 12 Lesson Series

People experiencing trauma and toxic stress often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, life, and relationships. As participants learn the skills and strategies in Mind Matters, they can begin to say, “I am not a victim of what happened to me.”

Mind Matters Now’s lessons teach people how to respond to negative experiences with innovative methods based on  current research and neuroscience. These skills give individuals a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind. Participants learn to address their physical, relational, and mental health needs.

Mind Matters’ practical, hands-on lessons explore the effects of adversity and toxic stress along with the healing process. Each lesson includes activities that build resilience and increase hope.


  1. Participants will be able to utilize self-soothing skills
  2. Participants will be able to develop an observing self
  3. Participants will be able to strengthen relationships
  4. Participants will be able to demonstrate compassion towards the hijacked brain
  5. Participants will be able to practice self-care
  6. Participants will be able to live intentionally
  7. Participants will be able to self-regulate
  8. Participants will be able to build resilience
  9. Participants will be able to increase hope in the face of trauma


Lesson 1: Self-Soothing – 33:53

  • Mind Matters Overview
  • Waiting
  • Three Minute Breathing
  • Peripheral Vision
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Skill
  • Coloring

Lesson 2: Discover Emotions – 48:36

  • The Body Scan
  • Inside Out Movie Trailer
  • Emotional Intelligence

Lesson 3: The Difference Between Emotion & Thought – 45:10

  • Thoughts or Emotions?
  • The Internal Journal
  • Developing and Observing Self

Lesson 4: Building Empathy -37:10

  • Building Empathy
  • Empathetic Listening
  • Loving Kindness

Lesson 5: I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends – 1:01:09

  • Support Systems
  • Trusted Adult
  • Wheel of Awareness

Lesson 6: The Hijacked Brain – 1:02:23

  • ACEs & Toxic Stress
  • Triggers & Effects of Trauma
  • Resilience

Lesson 7: Trauma Containment and Rhythm – 47:04

  • Shared Rhythm Playlist

Lesson 8: Tapping / Efficient Sleep – 56:29

  • Tapping Basics and Practice
  • Efficient Sleep

Lesson 9: Let’s Get Moving – 53:37

  • Empowerment Through Activity
  • Yoga – Mindfulness and Exercise
  • Choose What You Love – Exercise

Lesson 10: Life of Intention – 47:30

  • Road Map for Life
  • SMARTER Goals

Lesson 11: Code of Honor / Asking for Help – 43:02

  • Code of Honor
  • Asking for Help
  • Combining Your Road Map & Support Map

Lesson 12: The Ongoing Journey – 48:46

  • Four New Skills to Grow Your Brain
  • Personal Agreement
  • Practice – The Ongoing Journey