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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) during COVID

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Life for most teens today is chaotic and uncertain. Mindfulness empowers them to face this with vulnerability, resilience and compassion

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Life for most Teens today presents…Lack of certainty and structure, Pressure to perform, Too much media, Too little face to face contact, Increased anxiety and depression, Increasing witness of grief, loss and racial injustice…

Mindfulness tools can help by…Increasing self-awareness, focus and concentration; more calm,  compassion, and empathy; skillful response to difficult emotions and  stress; an overall sense of well-being and empowerment. It also builds an awareness of the systemic forces that cause harm and invites empowered conscious action toward justice and change. The course is being taught by Linda Gradess, Certified Facilitator of the evidence-based Gina Biegel's Stressed Teens and MBSR-T modified curriculum, in virtual format.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) is an 8 week, 90-minute program that provides teens with a range of tools and resources to introduce foundational mindfulness practices into their lives to reduce stress and increase well-being. This program was developed by Gina M. Biegel, who defines mindfulness as “noticing your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensation in the present moment without harmful judgement.”

Over the 8 weeks, teens will experience formal mindfulness practices such as the body scan, breath awareness, mindful movement, sitting mindfulness practice, and heartfulness exercises. From the very beginning teens will learn about and practice how they can bring informal mindful attention into daily activities such as eating, sports, and schoolwork by using their five senses.

A key ingredient of this program is the creation of a safe and supportive group environment where teens can explore and share how these practices impact the ways they manage stress, build positive coping skills and cultivate self-care. In addition, a variety of interactive exercises focus on building social skills, communication skills and positive relationship development. The overarching intention of this program is to empower teens with tools and strategies to take greater control of their own health and well-being.

Ages: Teens (ages 13-16). Pre-screening with Parent Interview (waiver must be signed) required for participation.

**Fees are used to cover the cost of materials for each student. A maximum of 12 students per class. Enrollment on a first come first serve basis.

 

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