Meet Dana A. Schneider
Dana Schneider earned her A.B. from Bowdoin College, and her MSW and Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work. She also completed a postgraduate certificate in Spirituality and Clinical Social Work through the Contemplative Practice program at Smith- SSW. Dana founded Contemplative Insights, LLC to integrate her love of clinical practice, teaching, and heart-centered practices that enhance wellbeing.
After 20 years of focusing on personal wellness, Dana developed an interest in professional wellness while encouraging her students to cultivate their own self care. Seeing possibilities to promote wellbeing in a variety of ways and settings, Dana transitioned from working as a full-time tenured Associate Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University to teaching part-time and more fully pursuing her interests in the healing qualities of contemplative practices.
In addition to being a licensed clinical social worker, Dana is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation and trained in Transformative Coaching with the Graduate Institute. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) certified in Kripalu yoga. Specializing in mindfulness with under-resourced communities, Dana completed Mindfulness Teacher Training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and is a certified mindfulness teacher (CMT-P) through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Much of Dana’s approach to mindfulness is influenced by her experiences training with and being exposed to great teachers, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Daniel Siegel, Joan Borysenko, and David Whyte. Dana’s practice is most informed by the teachings of Plum Village, where she received the five mindfulness trainings. She has conducted local and national presentations on mindfulness practices and mindfulness in education.
Dana’s qualitative research focusses on individuals’ stories and resilience. She has written and presented on her research of women’s childbirth experiences, as well as the experiences of individuals in New Haven who are homeless. Dana is published in the areas of women’s birthing experiencing, supervision and clinical practice, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her scholarship appears in journals such as: Families in Society, Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, Journal of Social Service Research, Psychoanalytic Social Work, The Journal of Perinatal Education, The Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Social Work Education: The International Journal, International Journal of Childbirth Education, and Smith College Studies in Social Work.
Extending into the community, Dana has provided workshops and sessions for a variety of organizations including: 4Catalyzer, Ann's Place, Independent Day School, Guilford High School, Evergreen Yoga/Meditation Collaborative in New Haven, Summer Institute for the Gifted, and Southern Connecticut State University. She is grateful for professional collaborations with the Dawn Giddeon Foundation, Watershed Partnership, and Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center.
Inspired by adventure, Dana has traveled to Plum Village in France; conducted a program evaluation of an environmental and healthcare clinic in Indonesia; and participated in a meditation and service retreat with a mindfulness-based school in India. She lives on the shoreline with her family.