Mindfulness for Children and Teens

Learning to Breathe: A Winter 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.

MIDDLE School Session

Dates:  Thursdays, February 9-March 16, 2017. (Please note that an extra week has been added in case of snow)

Time:  5:30-7:00pm

Instructor:  Kate Murphy

Location: Center for Rehabilitation Care of Chapel Hill, 1807 North Fordham Blvd (on 15/501 in the former Borders building) Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Registration Fee: $300

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


High School Session

Dates:  TBD

Time:  TBD

Instructor:  TBD

Location: TBD

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

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Mindful Art for Teens

Mindful art connects the process of creating art with mindfulness practice. In this workshop, participants will draw and apply color while being guided through a number of exercises to heighten their awareness of the present moment. The participants will use line and shape for pattern making, along with markers and colored pencils. By focusing on the process with conscious awareness, students will be able to see their work with fresh eyes. In the practice of mindful art, process bears an equal, if not greater, weight to the actual product. No prior art or mindfulness experience is necessary.  Materials will be provided, though students may bring their own materials. 


Mindful Art Workshop for teens 12-17

When: TBD

Instructor: Kate Murphy

Location: Center for Rehabilitation Care of Chapel Hill, 1807 North Fordham Blvd (on 15/501 in the former Borders building) Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 


 

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/

 


Mindful Self-Compassion for Middle School

Date: TBD

Instructor: TBD

Location: TBD


Mindful Self-Compassion for High School

Date: TBD

Instructor: TBD

Location: TBD

 


Mindful for Upper Elementary Children (8-10 years old)

Date: Coming Soon!

Instructor: Macy Ratliff

Location: TBD

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.