Making Friends

7-Day Teacher Training
July 20-26, 2017, Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Valley State University

Total Fee: $1,500 through June 30
$1,700 Starting July 1

Incl: Room, Board, Training

Prerequisites for attendance:
  • Completed the 5-day or 8-wk Mindful Self-Compassion Course.
  • Experience working with adolescents in a clinical or educational setting.
  • A personal mindful & self-compassionate practice.

“At long last, a self-compassion training for teens! This delightful, innovative program captures the essence of self-compassion for an age group that needs it the most. Wholeheartedly recommended!” Christopher Germer, PhD

Adolescence is a time of change and growth – and all too often, struggle. The MFY curriculum is designed to help teens cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life, through the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness is being present with difficult emotions, and self-compassion helps participants 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 life with greater ease. Preliminary research on the MFY program demonstrated significant decreases in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood after participating in the MFY.

The Making Friends with Yourself Course (MFY) was adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course created by Drs. Kristin Neff, and Christopher Germer. At this MFY Teacher Training, the two MFY course developers will introduce the 8-week curriculum, with opportunities to teach the exercises, practices, and art activities in small group sessions. This includes discussion of developmental and clinical issues that may arise in group, rationale for MSC adaptions, and effective practices for working with teens and parents.

Karen BluthKaren Bluth, PhD
Dr. Bluth is Faculty at the Program on Integrative Medicine, UNC School of Medicine. Her research explores the relationship between self-compassion and emotional wellbeing in adolescents. She is a certified MSC teacher, and authored the forthcoming book, The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are. Dr. Bluth is co-creator of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens.

Lorraine Hobbs 2Lorraine Hobbs. M.A.
Mrs. Hobbs is Director of the Youth and Family Programs at UCSC Center for Mindfulness, and is a certified MBSR & MSC teacher. She created curricula in mindfulness based interventions for multiple age groups and parents. She is dedicated to helping teens create emotional strength and greater self-regulation through mindfulness and self-compassion training. Mrs. Hobbs is co-creator of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens.

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