Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teens
with Cheryl Blackington and Patti Ward

Early Bird pricing til January 9 - $160.00                                      Winter Classes:
After January 9 – $170.00                                                               Jan 16, 23, 30,Feb 6,13, 20, 27, March 6.
Ages 14-197:00- 8:30 PM                                                            Contact Cheryl for more information
Location: Hadley Clinic                                                                  616- 581-9217  or teensjustbreathe@gmail.com
1140 Monroe Ave NW, Second Floor


Three Major Components of Self-Compassion

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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.

 

generosity_origBasic Components of the Class:

 

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.                                                        

What Will I learn?pooh-Cheryl

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

 

 What Will We Do?

mindful-walkingEach 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.

Some samples of activities are:  How would I treat a friend?  Mindful Walking, eating and listening,  Self criticism and safety,  A person Just like Me,  Core values: My House Myself.  Working
with Anger,  and Gratitude and Compassionate Friend.

Early Bird pricing til January 9 - $160.00
After January 9 – $170.00
Winter Classes:

Jan 16, 23, 30,Feb 6,13, 20, 27, March 6.
7:00- 8:30 PM

Ages 14-19

 Location: Hadley Clinic, 1140 Monroe Ave NW, Second Floor

Contact Cheryl for more information
616- 581-9217  or teensjustbreathe@gmail.com

This is truly a one of a kind, research based, life enhancing class.
Every teen should benefit!

Research

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.