Dr. Sam Himelstein

Dr. Himelstein is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY25229) in the state of California. Most of his work has involved working with high-risk and marginalized youth in the juvenile justice system, foster care system, and those suffering from addiction issues. He’s previously worked at the Chemical Dependency program at Kaiser Permanente with teens and their families, in a number of juvenile halls conducting psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, and researching the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions with incarcerated and underserved adolescent populations. Dr. Himelstein is the author of multiple scholarly journal articles and three books, and travels the country speaking at conferences and conducting professional trainings.

Dr. Himelstein is the founder of the Center for Adolescent Studies, a multidisciplinary training institute focusing on creating authentic, healing relationships with adolescents that contribute to positive outcomes. Most of his trainings and speaking lies at the intersection of building authentic relationships, trauma-informed care, and teaching mindfulness to youth.

Dr. Himelstein is a formerly incarcerated youth and was privileged to change from a path of drugs, violence, crime, and self-destruction to that of healing and transformation. His mission is to help young people become aware of the power of self-awareness and transformation, and train professionals with similar interests. Learn more about his philosophy and approach in his books: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents (Routledge, 2013), Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum (Routledge, 2015), and Trauma-Informed Mindfulness With Teens: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (Norton, 2019).

Session III -Featured Speaker

Thursday, January 9th, 10:30am

Workshop – Breakout session for Youth

Thursday, January 9th, 1:30pm