Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Economics for Older Adults
Martie Gillen is an associate professor in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Family Studies at the University of Kentucky. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Kentucky. Martie earned a MBA from Sullivan University. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and a Financial Social Work Educator.
Prior to her position, Martie served as assistance dean for finance and center administration in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. She served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on sponsored projects from the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services totaling over $3.6 million; many of which had a child welfare focus including working with foster parents, adoptive parents, and college students who were also welfare recipients. In addition, she also taught courses in financial social work, social work research methods, introduction to family science, family resource management, and personal finance.
Martie has been a foster mom for over three years and has welcomed 11 children in to her home, some for a few days, some for months, some for years, and one for forever through adoption.
Session Title:Interacting with Connection – Mindful Awareness and Mindful Caregiving
Track: Community Growth
Description: We hear a lot about mindfulness these days. How can mindful awareness and mindful caregiving influence the way we interact with others? At its core, mindfulness refers to the ability to bring conscious attention and awareness to one’s present experience with non-judgment, acceptance, and compassion. Layer that with being aware of what you bring from your experiences to present interactions and you have mindful caregiving. Research documents the many emotional, mental, and physical benefits of mindfulness as well as the benefits of mindful caregiving. I practice mindful awareness and caregiving 1) to improve my connected skills; 2) because caregiving is hard work; 3) to become more aware of my self-care needs; and 4) to model self-regulation, emotional awareness, and self-compassion for others. Come learn about mindful awareness and mindful caregiving through Martie’s journey as a foster parent and adoptive parent. Fasten your seatbelt and hang on tight… it’s a bumpy road with lots of hills and sharp turns.