Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is a robust period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands of life increase for teens and young adults, this time is often fraught with confusion, apprehension, uneasiness, anxiousness and low mood. For many young people, these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation.
Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) is an eight-week, 1 hour and 45 minutes a week, evidenced based training program, designed to help teens, ages 13-15 years of age, cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life. It brings together the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion: Mindfulness teaches the young person to be present with difficult emotions. Self-compassion helps the young person respond to the challenges they face with greater kindness and self-care. Mindfulness also helps young people to cultivate skills of self-awareness and emotional resilience.
MFY incorporates developmentally appropriate activities and mindful-self compassion practices that help teens learn specific tools to navigate the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.
A preliminary research study on the effectiveness of MFY demonstrated a 32% decrease in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood from before to after taking this program.
THE MFY PROGRAM
Prior to acceptance into the MFY 8 week program, a 30-minute interview with the parent(s) and teen is necessary to confirm if MFY is appropriate at this time. If MFY is deemed to not be appropriate at this time, the full course fee will be returned. Once registration and payment is completed, an interview time will be scheduled.
Workshop for Parents/Caregivers
A 2 hour workshop for the parent(s) or caregiver(s) on Mindful Self-Compassionate Parenting is a requirement of MFY.
Registration on this site should be done in the parent’s name. Once registration and payment has been received, we will send you an intake document requesting your child’s information, to complete and bring with you to the interview. The interview will be scheduled at a mutually agreed time and held at an Oakville location.
Program Cost (In some situations, an insurance receipt can be issued)
Registration and payment received before March 11, 2019 – $495.00
Registration and payment received after March 11, 2019 – $595.00
The cost for the full program includes materials, student handbook, audio files and a 2 hour workshop for parent(s). There is an additional processing fee for registration through this site.
You can also send payment by check to E. Beltzner, 38 Forsythe St. Oakville, ON L6K 3J7 or by Interac to email@example.com
Eileen Beltzner SCC, CMSCT, MSW, RSW and Michelle Taggart will be the MFY Facilitators.
For further background information on this program including the research overview and related publications, please go to www.selfcompassionsolutions.com or www.mindfulselfcompassionforteens.com