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Monday Morning Moments

The Best of 2022


The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) presents a virtual series to support the wellness of those working in the judiciary and courts. We will be showcasing real stories from bench officers, candid discussions of the challenges faced from the bench, and practical solutions to address those challenges and achieve success as a bench officer in juvenile and family court. 

This series is available to NCJFCJ members free of charge. Registration will grant access to all sessions.


All sessions are at 8:00 a.m. PST

Monday, January 23: Tis the Season: Mindfully Honoring Holiday-Evoked Grief

Monday, February 13: Whole Brain Living - Owning your power for a less stressful and more peaceful life

Monday, March 13: Applying compassion and self-compassion to our daily life
Monday, April 10: Creativity as an antidote to stress and trauma


Season 4 Moments


Monday, January 23: Tis the Season: Mindfully Honoring Holiday-Evoked Grief

Kim Flournoy DiJoseph, M.S.W. has engaged in 30+ years of work with victims across the professional continuum – from court advocate to clinical social work practitioner, director of domestic violence agencies to trauma-informed organizational consultant. She also has extensive experience developing and teaching courses in vicarious trauma, grief and loss, and intergenerational trauma. In the fall of 2019, she intentionally transitioned from 7 years as an associate professor in teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work to pursue a more balanced and heart-centered life. Kim has an intuitive healing practice, Hot Mess Work, where she works primarily with advocates, therapists, and other “helpers” as they reconcile and integrate their own and ancestral wounds and wisdom into their personal lives and into their work. She also facilitates intuitively-guided, mindfulness meditation groups. 

As the result of the murder of her mother in 2012, Kim now carries the role of co-victim of homicide and trains and provides consultation from a unique dual-personal/professional perspective on traumatic grief, the criminal justice system, spirituality, and the healing process. She is the wellness consultant for the Virginia Victim Assistance Network with an emphasis on the integration of empathy, self-care, and wellness practices in the daily lives of crime victim advocates, lead facilitator for a pilot survivor empowerment project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and is an adjunct faculty member for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Kim is a biracial healer, writer, wife, mother, and former personal chef who lives in Richmond, VA.

Holidays can be heavy. We spend holidays alone with ourselves and with complicated family members. We navigate holidays without loved ones we’ve lost to addiction, depression, estrangement, and death. The season of winter itself is a real and symbolic time of dormancy and going within. While this slowing down gives nature a chance to rest, it often gives grief the space to reawaken. In this gentle, compassionate, and experiential session we will hold space for both the celebration and mourning this season invites us into. We will foster connection by engaging in conscious conversation on mindful grieving, bring greater awareness to how emotions are often held in our bodies, and explore new tools for bringing mindfulness into our grief processes through a brief, guided meditation. Yes, the holidays can be heavy, but if acknowledged and mindfully moved through, they can also gift us with a catalyst for healing.


Monday, February 13: Whole Brain Living - Owning your power for a less stressful and more peaceful life

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist. In 1996 she experienced a severe hemorrhage (AVM) in the left hemisphere of her brain causing her to lose the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Her memoir, My Stroke of Insight, documenting her experience with stroke and eight-year recovery, spent 63 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. In 2008 Dr. Jill gave the first TED talk that ever went viral on the Internet, which now has well over 27.5 million views. Also in 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” webcast.


For over half a century, we have been trained to believe that our brains have two parts: the emotional right hemisphere and the rational left hemisphere. But this is not technically true. Each of our brain hemispheres has both an emotional and a thinking module of cells. Consequently, we have left thinking, left emotional, right emotional, and right thinking parts of our brain. Each of these four parts not only exhibit unique skill sets, but they each give rise to four distinct and predictable character profiles. Once we identify each of our own Four Characters, we can train them to not only respect one another but to work together as a healthy team. By doing so, we can choose to feel balanced and peaceful rather than feeling stressed and anxious - in any situation.


In this Whole Brain Living session, you will meet the Four Characters in your brain (as well as help you recognize them in those around you), and learn how to perform the BRAIN Huddle. This is a powerful technique that brings each of your Four Characters into conversation with one another, thereby giving you the ability to consciously choose which character you want to embody at any moment. We have much more power over what is going on inside of our brain than we have ever been taught, and the more familiar you become with your Four Characters, the more power you will gain to choose your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and behaviors so you can create your best life.


Monday, March 13Applying compassion and self-compassion to our daily life

Amy Noelle is a certified Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Performance Coach.  As a coach and speaker, Amy provides Mindful & Compassion based Mental Skills training to corporate leadership teams, healthcare communities, educators and families, with a focus on peak performance, resilience and happiness in all areas of life. Mindfulness and Self-Compassion is essential for emotional regulation, greater balance and self-acceptance, inner resilience and true wellbeing: mind, body, and spirit.


Monday, April 10Creativity as an antidote to stress and trauma

Karen Yescavage, Ph.D., professor of psychology, coordinates a new Creative Wellness interdisciplinary program at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She conducts applied research on creative expression to promote psychological well-being. She teaches undergraduate courses on privilege and oppression, personality, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology. She is actively involved in the community, promoting community schools and criminal legal system reform to reduce harm in both communities of color and law enforcement.




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