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Learning to BREATHE: A Mindfulness Experience for Adolescents (12-14 years old)

Hosted by the Mindfulness Center at UNC Program on Integrative Medicine

What is Learning to BREATHE?

Learning to BREATHE (L2B) is a mindfulness-based curriculum created for classroom or group settings. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware of one’s present-moment experience with compassion and openness as a basis for wise action. This curriculum is intended to strengthen attention and emotion regulation, cultivate wholesome emotions like gratitude and compassion, expand the repertoire of stress management skills, and help participants integrate mindfulness into daily life. Each lesson includes age-appropriate discussion, activities, and opportunities to practice mindfulness in a group setting.

Why strengthen emotion regulation skills and cultivate compassion in adolescents?

Any transition period comes with built-in stress because of changes that accompany it. The transition to adolescence presents developmental challenges in physical, social, intellectual and psychological arenas. Adolescents typically experience more intense emotions than they previously experienced as younger children. This is the time of life when the pull to be autonomous from parents and other adults begins to strengthen, and the need to be a part of a social group increases. Life becomes more complex, and more mature coping skills are required to navigate this terrain effectively. In addition, adolescent brains are still under construction, and this is an active period for laying down neural pathways related to emotion management that can shape the course of adulthood. Many major mental illnesses have their onset in adolescence. While the trajectory of these illnesses is still unclear, promoting resilience at this life stage may reduce the risk of problematic outcomes for vulnerable individuals and strengthen the factors that promote mental health in general.

In addition to facilitating skills that help participants ‘surf the waves’ of their emotions with greater ease, L2B also intentionally cultivates wholesome emotions through activities and practice. Healthy self-compassion and compassion for others along with gratitude are practiced throughout the program.

JUNE 2020

Learning to BREATHE: A Summer Mindfulness Experience for Adolescents 12-14 years old, online via Zoom, with Kate Murphy, MA & Aviva Scully, MSW, LCSW, MSPH

Class Dates: Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28, 2020

Time: 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees

Click here to Register!

Kate Murphy, MA first studied meditation and yoga with John Orr over 20 years ago. She completed the Duke graduate MBSR course, is a nationally board-certified teacher, and since 2009, a certified yoga instructor. For 10 years, Kate taught stress reduction painting classes at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. Her work as a middle school counselor continues to inform and deepen her interest in mindfulness for teens.

Aviva Scully, MSW, LCSW, MSPH has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over thirty years. She has taught mindfulness meditation to adolescents in the school setting and through the Program on Integrative Medicine. Aviva is passionate about helping young people connect with their inner strength and well-being and connect with each other. Aviva is a school social worker and licensed clinical social worker and has worked with middle school students for over fifteen years. She is trained in facilitating community building and restorative circles. She has participated in mindful self-compassion, mindfulness-based stress reduction and focusing workshops. (She is a lifelong animal lover and believes strongly in the healing power of the human and animal bond).