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I'm very honored and grateful that my mindful parenting book, Prizeworthy, was selected as a Nautilus Book Awards Gold medal winner. Such an honor to be among Shambhala Publications authors like Joe Loizzo, and colleagues like Shelly Tygielski, Sharon Salzberg, Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, Elly Taylor, and many others.  See below for more information about Prizeworthy, my other publications, the Momentologist podcast and other offerings!


The Power of Prizing vs. Merely Praising

The Power of Prizing vs. Merely Praising


Mindful Parenting Book - Prizeworthy -  Now Available

Learn how skillfully prizing kids (rather than mindlessly praising) can be a game-changer in your relationship as a parent, teacher, or helper.

Our culture is addicted to "good job!"--our all-purpose, feel-good, non-specific, or high-bar-setting verbal praise--especially when we talk to our kids. Praise can put too much emphasis on controlling results, and kids can experience it as pressure and learn to fear failing in adults’ eyes.

By contrast, prizing is a game-changing mindset and set of specific skills that can help kids convert moments of emotional pain or stuckness into opportunities and possibilities for healthy change and growth.

 “If there were only one skill you could learn as a parent, let it be prizing. It’s the basis of all the others. Your kids will be forever grateful, and so will you.”

—Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

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Meet Dr Mitch Abblett

Mitch Abblett, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant with a private practice. He speaks and trains nationally and internationally on the applications of mindfulness for enhancing professional and personal communication patterns and effectiveness.

The author of numerous previous books, he has been the executive director of the Institution for Meditation and Psychotherapy and was for 11 years clinical director of Manville School at Judge Baker's Children's Center at Harvard University.

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What others say...


Hanna Nowicki
Managing Director / Owner
TATRA Training Services, Australia

Mitch has worked with TATRA Training Services over the years and he delivered a series of professional workshops across Australia; all very successful and well attended national highly educational speaking tours. He demonstrated great presentation skills, attention to detail, depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and high level of competency as a trainer. His presentation style is highly impressive: he is not only knowledgeable but also funny and beautifully intelligent which unsurprisingly results in great feedback from the attendees. A hard worker and a true professional, he is witty, a high energy presenter and a great tireless traveler. If you have a chance, attend his workshops. I recommend his workshops to all, with no hesitation. Mitch is a world-class presenter; his workshops are truly inspirational and it is always a pleasure to work with him.

Participant Comments


"Highly engaging material and presentation manner.  It enabled me to reflect on my own processes with clients."



" . . . an engaging and effective presenter.  An enjoyable and educational day . . ."



"The combination of media/group work and direct therapy role-play kept me interested."



"I found this training extremely interesting and valuable.  Very relevant to my workplace."



"Really enjoyed the session.  A fresh approach to complex clients that is not just about getting control -- but about compassion."



"Excellent workshop!  I have been given a lot to take away and think about."


Publications by Dr Abblett

The Unwinding Anxiety Card Deck: 60 Science-Based Strategies to Break Cycles of Worry and Fear Cards.


The Heat of the Moment in Treatment

Mindful Management of Difficult Clients.

The Challenging Child Toolbox

Helping Your Angry Teen

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We Are All Prizeworthy

A Call for Personal, Formative Stories of Prizing from Others 

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Mitch's Blog


Five Obstacles to Happiness (and How to Overcome Them)

Have Empathy for the “Naughty” Kids

How to Be Mindful With Your Cravings

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The Momentologist Podcast



Join me for engaging, accessible conversation with thought leaders, authors, researchers and change makers. The Momentologist podcast is for professionals, parents and anyone interested in missing less and accessing more in work and personal moments. Instead of moments merely happening to you, learn the skills to help you study and fully engage situations. 

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