Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (MSC-T)

Following in the footsteps of the adult MSC program developed by Christian Germer, Ph.D and Kristen Neff, Ph.D. This well researched, 8 week program created by Karen Bluth, Ph.D and Lorraine Hobbs, MA is rooted in the 3 key components of Self-Compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindful balanced awareness.

This is an extremely popular program in the US, Canada & China, with growing popularity in Australia. I am excited to be one of only 2 qualified, currently practicing teachers of the Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens program in Australia.

MSC-T teaches core principles and practices that teaches our young people:

  • How to stop being so hard on themselves;
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease;
  • How to motivate themselves with encouragement, rather than self criticism;
  • How to transform difficult relationships;
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life;
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion; and
  • How to become their own best teachers.

The Research:

Almost 80 percent of us treat others with more compassion and kindness than we offer to ourselves. And teens? They beat themselves up even more. As their cognitive capabilities become enhanced in early adolescence, teens become more self-aware and, subsequently, more self-conscious.

Research has shown that teens (and adults) can benefit from self-compassion in a variety of ways. For teens, self-compassion appears to have a protective effect against trauma, peer victimization, depression and self-harm, and low self-esteem.

At a time when depression and suicide rates are high, more and more research is starting to show how crucial self-compassion can be to teen mental health. This is a great opportunity to provide some extra support to our young people who are feeling the weight of COVID, social media, the disillusionment of climate change, etc, as well as simply dealing with their own identity and all that comes with being a teenager.

https://karenbluth.com/research


Overview of the program with Karen Bluth:



Testimonials from past participants:


Dates

  • Teens aged 13 – 17: Aug 2nd to Sept 20th, held for 1.5hrs each Tuesday night at Grounded, Lonsdale

Cost

The cost for the 8 weeks includes an additional support person for the participants, art supplies, snacks and a parent night, held mid program. Participants will also receive an email after each session with a recap of the material covered and links to resources so that they continue their practice after the 8 week program.

Full fee: $275 (thank you for supporting the concession places)
Concession: $225 (we’re glad you can come along)
Bring a friend: $250 (share the experience and save)

*Zip Pay & Afterpay options available

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