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


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

What Is MBSR-T?

This program is designed to support stressed teens, teach mindfulness skills, and provide tools for teens in middle school and high school. It takes a mind-body approach and focuses on the whole person. Teens often have difficulty with their social skills, emotions, confidence, procrastination, impulsivity, and attention. This program can improve a teen’s functioning and quality of living socially, physically, and psychologically.

MBSR-T is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for adults (Kabat-Zinn, 1982, 1990, 2013). The MBSR-T program is especially beneficial during Covid, where so much is out of our control and helps teens cultivate methods to integrate mindfulness into their lives.

MBSR-T teaches fundamental and foundational mindfulness skills and then encourages teens to direct their attention to the positive, to self-care, to direct their attention on that which nourishes and fills them up rather than on that which drains and depletes them. The focus is on 'Taking in the Good' by attending to positive coping skills and decreasing energy and brain time on negative coping skills.

The are many possible benefits of learning MBSR-T including:

  • Improved emotion regulation and metacognition.
  • Realistic shifts in perceptions and appraisals of stress.Decreases in stress and suffering.
  • Improved overall mental and physical health and well-being.
  • Increased sense of agency, control, coherence, and power.
  • Insight into the sources of strength that come from within.
  • Decreases in negative coping skills and increases in positive coping skills.

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