Mindfulness for Teens

Who Says Teens Can’t Be Mindful?


UNC now offers a mindfulness class for adolescents, ages 11-18. Based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and tailored to adolescents, the empirically-based curriculum for this course, entitled Learning to BREATHE, was developed by mindfulness expert/clinical psychologist Dr. Patricia Broderick and has been endorsed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Research in mindfulness indicates that this program may help students improve focus, enhance self-confidence, and provide a basis for developing positive coping and time-management skills.

“These skills can help teenagers navigate effectively through a time in life that can be confusing, filled with uncertainties, and exceedingly stressful. These life-skills form the basis for building successful relationships, beginning with oneself.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR, from forward of Learning to BREATHE.

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Click here for additional information and a video on how helpful mindfulness is for youth!


Dates: Thursdays October 9- November 13, 2014

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

Instructor: Kate Murphy

Location: Room 500, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Bldg (UNC School of Social Work), 325 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550

Registration Fee: $275

Participants in the associated research study will receive a $ Amazon gift card for each of three online questionnaires completed (total of $30). The online questionnaire takes approximately 20 minutes, and must be completed the evening prior to the first class, after the third class, and again after the final class.

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 mindfulness@med.unc.edu. Questions?  Phone 919-966-8586.


The class will be taught by Kate Murphy. Kate has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 20 years. She completed the Duke graduate MBSR course. She is a nationally board-certified teacher and certified yoga instructor. For 10 years, Kate taught stress reduction painting classes at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. As a middle school counselor, she has a special interest in mindfulness for teens.

The class will be taught by Dr. Karen Bluth, an experienced mindfulness instructor and educator with 18 years formal classroom teaching experience with children and adolescents. Dr. Bluth’s research is focused on improving adolescent and family well-being through mindfulness interventions. She began practicing mindfulness when she was an adolescent.