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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens: Interventions and Strategies for Use in Clinical Practice

Gina M. Biegel, LMFT
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

YWCA Toronto – Elm St Location

Many teens today are stressed, irritable, worried, angry, and in pain. Without healthy interventions, they are prone to anxiety, depression, self-harm, and other psychological, and physiological difficulties. The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates up to 20% of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness and that 3.2 million teens are at risk for developing depression.

In response, Gina Biegel has adapted the world renown Jon Kabat-Zinn’s adult MBSR program to create the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens program. MBSR-T is an evidence-based treatment shown to be effective in both clinical and non-clinical settings. It is currently offered in many schools and therapeutic settings throughout the world.

In this 2-day workshop you will learn the 8-session systematic approach to teaching your teen clients mindfulness skills and tools for dealing with and managing stress. This training will help you teach teens how to be less reactive, impulsive and judgmental in their thoughts and help them respond more mindfully. You will learn proven interventions, strategies, treatment tools and techniques that are culturally relevant and appropriate to the developmental needs of adolescents.

Mindfulness skills provide teens with an anchor and compass to guide them when they feel emotionally dysregulated, stressed, anxious and depressed. Teach teens to live rather than just exist in an ever- increasing multi-media stimulated technological environment.

According to Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., “Gina Biegel has put together an intensive training for professionals interested in helping stressed adolescents find relief and clarity based on her direct experience supporting teens during this challenging time of life.” By learning how to help adolescents now, you will prepare them for the future they will create not only for themselves but for us all!

You Will Learn:

• How to implement the core components of MBSR-T and practice clinical interventions from all 8 sessions
• Specific mindfulness techniques to shift from reactivity and impulsivity to thoughtful responding
• How to use the 4-step mindful check-in to better understand your clients’ stressors and connect the appropriate MBSR-T interventions to manage them
• Techniques to increase your clients’ present moment functioning and living
• About recent advances in positive neuroplasticity that show how to cultivate the four levels of self-care for clients

About the Presenter:

Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is the founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over a decade. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is the author of Be Mindful & Stress Less , The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens , and Mindfulness for Student Athletes . She also provides worldwide multiday trainings and intensive ten-week online trainings; and works with teens and families individually and in groups. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, Reuters, the New York Times, and Tricycle.


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