Mary Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor through the Association for Play Therapy (a4pt.org). As a school social worker for 30 years in a local district, Mary Carol worked with children and families integrating mindfulness-based practices in her work with youth.
Having been part of the national movement in teaching mindfulness to students within the classroom setting, Mary Carol has worked with educators and teams to build program sustainability. She was instrumental in the development of a mindfulness initiative in her school district.
As a founder of Grow Mindful WNY, Mary Carol sees the great potential for sharing these practices in the larger community.
Mary Carol has completed extensive mindfulness training to nurture her own practice and to bring these practices to the children and youth she serves. Among others, she has trained with Mindful Schools, Tara Brach, Daniel Siegel, Jack Kornfield, Susan Kaiser Greenland, Christopher Willard and Linda Lantieri.
Whatever the season, Mary Carol spends much of her free time outdoors. Hiking, snowshoeing, biking and gardening are among her favorite ways to enjoy the natural world.
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