This 2-hour workshop will include a discussion of the definitions of mindfulness and self-compassion and offer the parent and teen a direct experience of both. A brief overview of the research on self-compassion with youth and adults will be presented. An introduction to “the four poisons” that undermine a parent’s or youth’s well-being will be explained. Both parent and youth will experience practices that will reduce or prevent upset or acting-out behaviours from spiralling out of control. The majority of the presentation will focus on teaching concepts, practicing the mindful self-compassion tools (i.e., exercises, guided practices) with discussion following these activities to elucidate and respond to any questions or obstacles that might arise. These strategies will provide students and parents with an introduction to skills that will strengthen inner resources and build resilience. At the end of the workshop, students and parents will be able to:
1. Define mindfulness and self-compassion.
2. Indicate that research on mindfulness and self-compassion has shown that both are associated with a decrease in stress, anxiety and depression in youth and adults.
3. Have a clear understanding of why harsh self-criticism does not increase motivation; but undermines it.
4. Name several ways that the parent and teen will be able to implement mindfulness and/or self-compassion practices into their own lives.