Karen Bluth and Kristin Neff
February 26, 2016 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
There is growing interest in self-compassion as a therapeutic intervention with teens, particularly as the issues and challenges that teen face are exposed and explored by the mental health and educational communities. Research with both adults and adolescents demonstrates that self-compassion is positively associated with dimensions of wellbeing and negatively associated with stress, depression and anxiety. This workshop will focus on the growing interest in self-compassion with adolescents in general, and will highlight the benefits of self-compassion training as it applies to the specific issues of self-esteem and emotional well-being in adolescents. Current research studies will be reviewed with a discussion on new directions for research. Exercises and meditations from the new curriculum, Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, will serve as a vehicle for exploring the benefits and value of cultivating self-compassion with teens. Teens will participate in these experiential practices and demonstrate the potential for fostering skills of self-kindness and self-compassion, which can serve as tools for self-discovery, emotional resilience and emotional well-being. Teens will participate in a Q/A session to discuss their own personal experience with self-compassion practices and the impact of this course on their lives.