Event Details
Making Friends With Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens- ONLINE Return to listing


Making Friends With Yourself (MFY)

 Is a program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens Ages 11-14 . MFY teaches core principles and practices that enable teens to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and self-compassion.

Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands in life increase for teens, this time is often fraught with confusion, anxiety or depression. For many teens these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation.

In this course which meets August 9,2021 - August 16,2021  for 1.5 hr. teens engage in developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, which provide them with the opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease.   Backed by research, findings indicate increases in emotional well-being and greater resilience after taking the course.

Following in the footsteps of the adult MSC program, MFY is rooted in the three key components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindful, balanced awareness. These elements serve to open the hearts of teens to their own suffering, so they can learn to give themselves what they truly need, recognize that they are not alone in their suffering, and encourage an open-minded acceptance of the struggle they are facing.

"It's cool to see after we took [the class] how much life in general has improved, like not necessarily the situations, but the ways I can handled it. This is so important, so I'm going to take it again and then maybe make it even better." - Teen participant

Instructors are the developer of this program, Dr. Karen Bluth (see www.karenbluth.com ), who is also author of the book The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are,

Co-Instructor,  Eileen Beltzner is a Special Care Counsellor, Registered Social Worker, a Child and Family Therapist, a Psychotherapist and a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and a Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) Teacher. To learn more about the Instructor see: https://selfcompassion.web.unc.edu/instructors/

Because we all feel safer when we can see each other in a Zoom room, teens are required to keep videos on during class. It is fine to be wrapped in a blanket, wear a hoodie, and even dim the lights, but we need to be able to see all participants at all times. If your teen does not agree to keeping the video on, please do not register them for the class. You will receive more information about safety procedures a week prior to the first day of class."


 Location: ONLINE   Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm.  Eastern Time Zone

 You will receive the Zoom platform information as well as other information after you register.

  Location: ONLINE
  Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - Monday, August 16, 2021
  Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  Sponsor: FPG CDI
  Presenters: Karen Bluth
Eileen Beltzner
  Price: $350.00
  Pay Methods:  Credit Card
  Payment Notes: For credit cards, Visa or MasterCard ONLY accepted through this registration system. Have your credit card information on hand before you continue with this registration.
  Cutoff Date: 08/06/2021 You will NOT be able to register on or after this date!
  For more information, contact the event administrator: Barbara Lowery barbara.lowery@unc.edu

UNC - Chapel Hill