MSC for Teens

MSC for Teens

Teen Programs

Thanks to the efforts of Karen Bluth Ph.D. and Lorraine M. Hobbs M.A., the internationally acclaimed 8- week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) adult training program is now adapted for young people, and now because we are social distancing, it is being offered online.

Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) - Online Program

In the midst of this uncertainty, we are grateful for many things, including living in a time when technology allows us to maintain connection. For the foreseeable future, we will be teaching MFY online.  Online classes present unique challenges, so we will be working with you and your pre-teen or teen to share mindful self-compassion with in the safest, most responsible way possible.

We taught the MFY 8-session program online (April 6 – April 29, 2020) with Karen Bluth Ph.D., Co-founder of MFY and this past summer taught the MFY program again. Some parents ask if MFY is more for girls than boys. In the summer class we had more boys than girls and I think that answers the question. All the teens and pre-teens were very appreciative of everything they learned and experienced. These are the words they had to say about what were their takeaways:

Summer Class: 2020

“It was cool, the boiled egg is so much like our emotions… like your anger comes from somewhere else… it is not just anger… anger has other feelings behind it.”

“I feel things and others feel that way too.”

“Became aware of the harsh inner critic.”

“Mindful eating practice and lots of great practices I can use to help with stress.”

“I’m not the only person who feels rejected by someone.”

“Sometimes our flaw is our greatest strength.”

“It’s ok if you are imperfect.

“Noticing or being aware of the harsh inner critic.”

“It’s ok if you are imperfect. Imperfections make you special and set you apart.”

Spring Class: 2020

“My takeaway… soothing touch, tracing your palm… can change how I feel and  think and saying words to yourself that you might say to a friend.”

“I didn’t know about these practices and they really helped. I’ve been really happy lately.”

Being kind to myself and say good things to myself.”

“Really liked the Compassionate Friend practice… learned a lot… also knowing I am able to go to a safe place.”

Mindfulness and self-compassion equals living in the moment.”

“I’m learning to love myself more.”