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Monday, May 15th 2017 - Tuesday, May 16th 2017

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction For Teens

Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Location: Multi-faith Centre/Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto)

Fee: $430 + HST (before April 6, 2016); $450 + HST (after April 6, 2016)

Time: 9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Teenage stress is a growing problem. The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that up to 20 percent of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness, and that 3.2 million teens are at risk of developing depression. Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrial world.

According to Daniel J. Siegel, MD, “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 all of us.

Mindfulness-based interventions for youth have been found to be evidence-based in clinical and non-clinical practice. Mindfulness can help your clients reduce stress and manage anxiety by teaching them how to rely less on old behaviours such as ruminative thinking and self-sabotaging narratives and actions. But how do you get youth to be mindful when they are developmentally wired to be judgemental, distractable, and susceptible to peer pressure? You will learn proven interventions, strategies, treatment tools, and techniques that are culturally relevant and appropriate to the developmental needs of adolescents.

Gina Biegel created the mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens program (MBSR-T) in order to provide a youth-focused approach. MBSR-T has been recognized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the adult MBSR program.

Topics Covered:
-Principles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)
-Program similarities and differences between adult MBSR and MBSR-T
-Theoretical foundations of MBSR-T
-Ethical and moral considerations
-The mindful clinician: impact on MBSR-T outcomes
-Cultural relevance

The Curriculum — Session Take-Aways
-Session 1: Examining adolescent stress and its relationship to utilizing mindfulness
-Session 2: Developing a personal mindfulness practice
-Session 3: Deepening present-moment awareness through daily living
-Session 4: Cultivating self-care and awareness of positive experiences
-Session 5: Thinking mindfully and responding to life events
-Session 6: Learning to cope positively with difficult emotions
-Session 7: Building mindful communication in relationships
-Session 8: Integrating mindfulness into all aspects of life

Learning Objectives:

You will learn —

• How to use curriculum in the MBSR-T program and be able to teach interventions from all eight sessions
• How to give guided instruction from central MBSR-T interventions using formal mindfulness practices, including the dropping-in, body-scan, sitting, walking, heartfulness, and gratitude practices
• About the four-step mindful check-in to better understand life problems facing teens and their use of the program interventions
• Specific mindfulness techniques that increase teens’ present moment functioning and living
• Practice interventions that can be used in teens’ daily life to facilitate maintenance and growth in the MBSR-T program

About the Presenter:

Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, is a San Francisco Bay Area-based psychotherapist, researcher, and author specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is the founder of Stressed Teens, which has offered the MBSR-T program to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over 13 years. She provides intensive 10-week online trainings for people all over the world, and works with teens and families individually and in groups. For more information, please


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