Publications

The Bell Bowl: An Introduction to Mindful Listening

Coming soon: Rainbow Bubble Breaths

​ For a peek at her complete thesis, follow this link:

 

http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4578&context=etd_theses

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Kristene Geering, MA, *ICI

 

Kristene has her B.A. in Theater Arts, holds both a Master's Degree and a California Teaching Credential in Early Childhood Special Education, has graduate-level training in psychotherapy (Dramatherapy), has 32 hours of training from Mindful Schools, and is an *Independent Certified Instructor with the Baby Signs(R) Program.

 

Kristene has more than 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings. While living in Japan she taught English as a foreign language for four years, and was a guest instructor for acting/directing techniques at Sugiyama University. After returning to the United States, she worked as a substitute teacher in elementary, middle, and high school. She's been a childcare and preschool teacher at centers with philosophies including Waldorf and Reggio Emilia.  In her work as a developmental specialist she has provided early intervention and parent education/support in a variety of settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to direct intervention, this work included family-centered developmental assessments, running parent support groups, and coordinating intra-agency services for families.  Most recently, she has taken on the role of stay-at-home parent for her boy/girl twins.  This is, by far, the most challenging and rewarding experience she has had!

 

Parent support and Infant Mental Health have been a pivotal focus in Kristene's career.  Her thesis, How Do Parents Perceive Support Systems in their Early Intervention Programs, explored how parents reported the level of support they felt in both center-based and home-based intervention programs.  Kristene also co-presented Taking on the Tough Cases: Infant Mental Health & Relationship-Based Interventions at the Infant Development Association Conference with Charlene Canger, MFT, LCSW and Denise Carbon, MA. Her commitment to the well-being of the parent-child dyad is key in her philosophy and the reason she has chosen to teach parents and children together.

My mission is to help the next generation  be more connected and compassionate than the last.

 

I do this by bringing calm into chaos, teaching parents and children alike the tools they need to access that sense of calm so they can connect more deeply, increase empathy, and practice kindness in the most important place--the home. Once kindness at home is the norm, empathy and compassion for others is the next natural step.