***THIS COURSE MEETS ONLINE MONDAYS & THURSDAYS FOR 1.5 HOURS A DAY, 8 SESSIONS TOTAL, AUGUST 3-17, 2020, AGES 12-15, 4:30PM – 6:00PM EASTERN TIME***
Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but 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 (MFY) is a program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens ages 12-15. MFY teaches core principles and practices that enable teens to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and self-compassion.
In this course which meets from August 3 – 27 on Mondays & Thursdays for 1.5 hours a day (8 sessions total), teens engage in developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, which provide them with the opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. Backed by research, findings indicate increases in emotional well-being and greater resilience after taking the course.
Following in the footsteps of the adult MSC program, MFY is rooted in the three key components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindful, balanced awareness. These elements serve to open the hearts of teens to their own suffering, so they can learn to give themselves what they truly need, recognize that they are not alone in their suffering, and encourage an open-minded acceptance of the struggle they are facing.
“It’s cool to see after we took [the class] how much life in general has improved, like not necessarily the situations, but the ways I handled it. This is so important, so I’m going to take it again and then maybe make it even better.” – MFY participant
Instructors of the program are the co-developer of this program, Dr. Karen Bluth (www.karenbluth.com), who is also author of the book The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are, and Laura Prochnow Phillips (lauraprochnowphillips.com), certified instructor of MFY and Mindful Self-Compassion for adults.
***THIS COURSE MEETS ONLINE MONDAYS & THURSDAYS FOR 1.5 HOURS A DAY, 8 SESSIONS TOTAL, AUGUST 3-17, 2020, AGES 12-15, 4:30PM - 6:00PM EASTERN TIME***