Mindfulness for Teens


Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens

Adolescence is a time of change, growth and all too often, struggle.  This course is designed to help teens cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life. Mindful Self-Compassion brings together the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion:  Mindfulness teaches us to be present with difficult emotions, and self-compassion helps us to respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care.  Through developmentally appropriate activities and meditations, teens learn specific tools which help them navigate the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.  A preliminary research study on this program has demonstrated significant decreases in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood from before to after taking this course. Making Friends With Yourself has been adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion program (created by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD) by Karen Bluth, PhD,  Associate Director, Mindfulness Program in the Program on Integrative Medicine at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Lorraine Hobbs, M.A., Director, Youth and Family Programs, University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness. To learn more about their work with teens, please follow this link: www.mindfulselfcompassionforteens.comFor more information about self-compassion, please see Dr. Neff’s website at www.self-compassion.org, or Dr. Christopher Germer’s website: http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org. . For more information about the adult Mindful Self-Compassion course, please see http://www.centerformsc.org/


Fall Teen Self-Compassion Courses


MIDDLE School Session

Dates:  Thursdays, September 15 to November 3

Time:  4:00 to 5:45pm

Instructor:  Karen Bluth

LOCATION CHANGE: UNC SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, TATE-TURNER KURALT BUILDING, ROOM 500,  325 PITTSBORO STREET, CHAPEL HILL, NC 

Registration Fee: $300

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Question?   Email us at mindfulness@med.unc.edu or phone 919-966-8586.


HIGH School Session

Dates: Thursday, September 15 to November 3

Time:  6:15 to 8:00pm

Instructor:  Karen Bluth & Kate Murphy

LOCATION CHANGE: UNC SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, TATE-TURNER KURALT BUILDING, ROOM 500,  325 PITTSBORO STREET, CHAPEL HILL, NC cationBinkley Memorial Baptist, 1712 Willow Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Registration Fee: $300

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Question?   Email us at mindfulness@med.unc.edu or phone 919-966-8586.


 

Learning to Breathe: A Summer Experience

Who Says Teens Can’t Be Mindful? 

A mindfulness class for adolescents, ages 12-17. 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.

Adolescence is a time of change, growth and all too often, struggle.  This course is designed to help teens cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life

“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.

 

Question?   Email us at mindfulness@med.unc.edu or phone 919-966-8586.

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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.