Regrets: Conference Cancelled

March 15 to 18, 2020

Banff 52

Mindfulness for Families, Schools, and Communities: 

From Promotion to Intervention

The past decade has witnessed a rapid expansion of interest in mindfulness both in the general public, and in educational and clinical settings. This interest is based in part on the growing body of research documenting the benefits of mindfulness practices with regard to improving attention and emotion regulation, in relieving distress and cultivating well-being, and improving health in both the general population and clinical populations. But what is mindfulness and how can it be cultivated? For example, in what ways can mindfulness practices support and extend other core aims of education? Both clinical science and neuroscience have revealed important beneficial outcomes of the practice of mindfulness – defined as moment to moment, present-centered, non-judgmental awareness. The 52nd annual Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science will feature leading researchers and other experts presenting their efforts to extend these practices and their beneficial effects to families, children, youth, and adults in educational, clinical, and community settings. Leading experts will provide up-to-date research findings in plenary addresses. In addition, workshops will emphasize skill development and specific strategies from a range of evidence-based programs and practices. In particular, participants will learn how the downstream consequences of a lack of mindfulness, self-regulation, and compassion, including stress and its deleterious effects on the body and the mind, might be curtailed.


Planning Committee
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl (Co-Chair) University of British Columbia
Claire Crooks (Co-Chair) Centre for School Mental Health and Faculty of Education, Western University
Robert J. McMahon (Co-Chair) Simon Fraser University and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Ray DeV. Peters (Co-Chair) Queen’s University
Kenneth D. Craig University of British Columbia

Purpose of the Banff International Conferences
To provide a forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers can interact to discuss contemporary practice and research.

The Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science maintains responsibility for the program. Attendance at each workshop will provide 3 CE credits.

The Banff Conferences have pioneered the ‘conference of colleagues’ format for professional and scientific meetings. Registration is limited and the program is designed for both formal and informal interactions among all participants. Plenary sessions and workshops are presented by individuals renowned for the excellence of their applied acumen or research. Conversation hours, poster session, banquet, cash bars, sightseeing expeditions, and cross-country and downhill ski trips provide the opportunity to interact with colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Conference is held at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Centre provides a comfortable setting nestled in one of the most picturesque environments in North America, convenient to skiing and other forms of outdoor recreation.

The Banff Centre
Accommodations at The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5
tel: (403) 762-6308

Transportation to Banff
For those who wish to travel to the Banff Centre from the Calgary Airport using the Banff Airporter bus shuttle service, we have established a reduced rate (a 15% discount) using the following promotional code – BVS2020.

Click www.banffairporter.com/book.  Proceed through the reservation and type –BVS2020 – in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount. Or call (888) 449-2901 and mention you are attending the Banff Behavioural Science conference.

Enjoying Banff
A great website answering all your questions and inspiring pleasurable activities is available at: www.banff.ca.

Explore it for winter activities (downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding and toboganning, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow-shoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice diving (!), snowmobile tours) and adventures (back country ski and snowboard touring, helicopter and snowcat sking and snowboarding, waterfall ice climbing, heli-hiking, etc.)

Look at the Arts and Entertainment scene (dancing, live music at great pubs–Celtic, Maritime, piano bars, theatre and dance, art galleries, movies and cinema).

Check out the museum and heritage sites.

Explore the great opportunities for cuisine, spas, sightseeing, and shopping.

Lots of great family activities are detailed.


*** Note: Thanks to Tom Dempsey for permitting the use of his picture of Herbert Lake for the website. To check out more of his fabulous photography, go to http://www.photoseek.com