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, 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. For more information about self-compassion (including Dr. Kristin Neff’s TedX talk), please see Dr. Neff’s website at www.self-compassion.org, or for mindful self-compassion, please see Dr. Christopher Germer’s website: http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org. . For more information about the adult Mindful Self-Compassion course, please see  http://tinyurl.com/ldc39jp

Dates: Wednesdays  January 14- March 4, 2015

Time:  5:30-7:00 pm

Instructor:  Karen Bluth & Kate Murphy

Orientation :Monday January 12, 5:30- 6:30pm, Rm 107

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

Registration Fee: $300


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

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.

Learning to Breathe 2

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


Time: 5:30-7:00 pm



Registration Fee:

Participants in the associated research study will receive a $ Amazon gift card for each of two online questionnaires completed (total of $50). 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.

Click Here to Register

 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.