Saving the Fire: The Theory and Practice of Mindfulness and Meditation in Social Work

June 13, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Parlor Room
NYU Silver School of Social Work
New York, NY 10003

Keynote Presentation

Yael Shy is the Co-Director of the Center for Spiritual Life at NY and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at NYU and the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU. Yael is a graduate of the Mindfulness Teacher Training program at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and was named one of the Jewish Week’s “36 under 36″ Jews reshaping Jewish life in the US. She has studied and led meditation all over the world – from Israel and Abu Dhabi to New York City. Prior to joining the Center, Yael was the Director of Development and Education at the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery, where she led training sessions in restorative justice globally and secured multiple multi-year research support. Yael is also a bar-certified attorney. She has been published in the Sports Lawyers Journal, the Clinical Journal of Social Work, the NYU Journal of Law and Social Justice, and Inquiring Mind. Yael is on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Zen Center and was a cofounder of the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn. She completed her law degree at Northeastern University School of Law and her undergraduate degree at NYU's College of Arts and Sciences.


Jean Cocteau was once asked, “If your house was on fire, what would be the one thing you would save?” “The fire,” he replied. (Elizer Sobel, 99th Monkey)

We all have disasters, upheavals, traumas and "fires" in our lives. Mindfulness is a transformative tool for understanding how these fires can be our deepest teachers in our lives and the lives of our clients, and for relating to life and practice with more ease, compassion, and wisdom. This workshop will explore the basic theory and practice of mindfulness and meditation and provide some tools to take back into our daily lives and practices.

Learning Goals

  • Increased understanding of Mindfulness and how it can be used to cultivate awareness;
  • Enhanced knowledge of Mindfulness as it relates to meditation and health; and
  • Theory, tools and techniques to allow participants to bring Mindfulness into their professional practice to enhance their and their clients’ well-being.