A Mindful Self-Compassion Programme
for Teens & Young Adults
Adolescence is a time of change, growth and all too often, struggle. It is the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery! Unfortunately, as the demands in life increase for teens, this time is often fraught with confusion, anxiety or depression. For many teens these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation.
Making Friends With Yourself 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.
Self-compassion helps us to respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care.
This unique & cutting edge course is designed to facilitate awareness, self-kindness and an understanding of our common humanity in response to these growing challenges.
Through developmentally appropriate activities and meditations, teens learn specific tools which help them navigate the emotional ups and downs of this stage in their life with greater ease. This course creates an opportunity for adolescents to construct a healthier world-view and gives rise to greater compassion and empathy toward self and others.
In a preliminary research study, this programme demonstrated a significant decrease in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood. This curriculum was adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion Programme created by Dr.Kristin Neff and Dr.Christopher Germer, and has been endorsed by them both.
Making Friends with Yourself has been adapted by Karen Bluth, PhD, Associate Director, Mindfulness-Based Stress and Pain Management Programme at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Lorraine Hobbs, M.A., Director, Youth and Family Programmes, University of California, San Diego Centre for Mindfulness.
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 –
“This is a brilliant adaptation of the MSC program for adolescents, providing a wide variety self-compassion skills using developmentally appropriate language and activities. Imagine if all teens learned self-compassion early on – so much unnecessary suffering would be prevented! Thank goodness this program is now available.”
– Kristin Neff, PhD –