Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teens
Two Hour Workshops with Cheryl Blackington
Early Bird Pricing: $40.00 per Workshop through May 28
Starting May 29 – $45.00 per Workshop
Middle School – Ages 12 – 14
Tuesday, June 12,12:30 – 2:30 pm • Wednesday, June 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Thursday, July 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
High School – Ages 15 -19
Location: Expressions of Grace Yoga Contact Cheryl for more information
5270 Northland Dr. Grand Rapids 616- 581-9217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Major Components of Self-Compassion
Self Kindness is being kind to Mindfulness is learning to Common Humanity is understanding
yourself when you are stay steady in the storm and all teens experience the same
struggling. not freaking out. emotional highs and lows.
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. It 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.
“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
Research conducted by Dr. Kristen Neff and Pittman McGehee have shown that teens with greater self-compassion experience less anxiety and depression and greater connection with others. (2010) Self compassion, which is the ability to soothe oneself and take care of oneself when experiencing difficult emotions, is a skill that can be taught.
Meets Weekly for 8 Weeks – Discussion, activities and practice.
Great care is taken to create a fun, safe container for each teen.
Teachers are highly trained to build feelings of safety and trust.
Frequent emails home and support offered throughout.
Teens build upon the relationships that they form with others in the class.
Session One: Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion
Session Two: Paying attention on purpose
Session Three: Loving Kindness
Session Four: Self-Compassion
Session Five: Self-Compassion versus Self-Esteem
Session Six: Living Deeply
Session Seven: Managing Difficult Emotions
Session Eight: Embracing Your Life with Gratitude
Each session is very teen friendly with lots of movement, activities and practices. You will be able to participate freely or not – your choice! Each session will have a theme and will begin with an opening activity. Great care is placed on making this class a safe and friendly place. You will also have weekly homework to practice what we have learned in class.
This is truly a one of a kind, research based, life enhancing class.
Every teen should benefit!
- Challenges of Adolescence27% self-report HIGH levels of stress during school year; 13% during summer
- 35% say stress kept them up at night in last month
- 39% skipped exercise in last month due to stress
- 40% report neglecting responsibilities at home and 21% at school due to stress
- 14.3% of 13-18 year olds experience a mood disorder
- 31.9% experience an anxiety disorder
- 19.1% diagnosed with a behavior disorder
- 11.4% have a substance use disorder
- Overall, 22.2% have severe impairment or distress
(Merikangas et al., 2010; American Psychological Association, 2014)
Summary: While the research for youth is not as extensive as research for adults, the evidence continues to mount for the benefits of teaching mindfulness and self compassion for youth. Research conducted by Dr. Kristen Neff and Pittman McGehee have shown that teens with greater self-compassion experience less anxiety and depression and greater connection with others. (2010) Self compassion, which is the ability to soothe oneself and take care of oneself when experiencing difficult emotions, is a skill that can be taught.