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Digital Seminar

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens

Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT
6 Hours 06 Minutes
May 12, 2016
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  • 3-Stage approach for teens to learn mindfulness and create lasting change
  • Stress the problem - Mindfulness the solution
  • Give teens the skills to use positive coping skills to manage life’s problems
  • Promote mindfulness practice outside the clinical hour
  • Leave with a toolbox of mindful practices you can use right away

Watch this recording and be able to teach teens how to shift their thinking away from impulsive, thoughtless, and judgmental ways of reacting and responding to life and teach them to build on the resources they already have inside. Mindfulness is an anchor for teens to turn to and use 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. Provide more balanced approaches to reacting to life and helping shift the way teens perceive and appraise situations as stressful.

MBSR-T will help teens:

  • Move from feeling powerless to feeling a sense of agency and control
  • Decrease reactivity and impulsivity
  • Shift from negative judgments and perceptions to non-judging with the use of the mindful qualities
  • Increase positive coping strategies and decrease self-harming thinking and behaviors
  • Increase health and well-being

Join Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, the founder and creator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) to gain practical techniques to help your most challenging clients. She will teach you how to use her evidence-based cutting edge approach with your most challenging teens. Gina is a pioneer in bringing mindfulness to youth, from current brain imaging research at Stanford University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research, to a Positive Youth Development Program to Inner City Youth in East Palo Alto.


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Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over a decade. She created MBSR-T to help teens in a large HMO's outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry whose physical and psychological symptoms were not responding satisfactorily to a multitude of other evidence-based practices. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is the author of Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life (Shambhala, 2017), The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (2nd Ed., New Harbinger, 2017), and the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens (PESI, 2016). She also has a mindfulness practice audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens, to complement the MBSR-T program; 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 CNN and Reuters, and in the New York Times.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Gina M. Biegel is the founder and owner of Stressed Teens. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is published by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Gina M. Biegel has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


  1. Summarize the foundational principles of MBSR-T.
  2. Describe the essential core components of the MBSR-T curriculum and the 3-stage approach to learning MBSR-T.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to give guided instruction to central MBSR-T interventions using formal and informal mindfulness practices.
  4. Utilize mindfulness techniques that increase teen’s present moment functioning and living.
  5. Practice interventions that can be used in teen’s daily life to facilitate maintenance and growth of the MBSR-T program.
  6. Review evidence-based research on MBSR-T including latest studies and new directions.


Foundational Principles of MBSR-T

  • Program similarities and differences from adult MBSR and MBSR-T
  • History of MBSR-T
  • Theoretical foundations of MBSR-T
  • The psycho-educational format of MBSR-T
  • Ethical and moral considerations
  • The mindful clinician: impact on MBSR-T outcomes
  • Cultural relevance

Core MBSR-T Curriculum

  • Awareness of intention, attention and attitude
  • MBSR-T mechanisms of change
  • Introduce mindfulness to teens
  • Define mindfulness for teens
  • Setting intentions
  • Formal and informal mindfulness practices in MBSR-T
  • Foundational pieces to each formal practice
  • Overcome barriers with silence and breathing
  • Titration approach to MBSR-T
  • Use of on-your-own-practices

Stage 1: Development of Broad Awareness and Insight

  • Mindfulness and the 5 senses
  • Defining stress from a teen’s perspective
  • 4-Step mindful check-in
  • Mindful qualities for daily living
  • Awareness of thoughts
  • Awareness of mind and body
  • Body-scan
  • Sitting practice
  • Integration to teen’s activities
  • “Guest House” poem by Rumi

Stage 2: Increases in Present Moment Functioning and Living

  • Mindful walking
  • Cultivating self-care: both client and clinician
  • Heartfulness
  • Awareness of the positive
  • Awareness of the negative
  • Judgments as fact: transforming the narrative
  • Mindful stopping
  • Approaching stress, pain and suffering
  • Stress equals pain times blocking
  • Reduction of self-harm behaviors
  • The Harm Awareness Journal

Stage 3: Maintenance and Growth

  • Mindful homework/test-taking
  • 10 Tips to minimize homework and test-taking stress
  • Mindful messaging in social media
  • Mindful communication: listening and reflecting
  • Awareness of gratitude toward self and others
  • Building trust: the trust exercise
  • Review of intentions: pave the way for tomorrow

Evidence-Based Research on MBSR-T

  • Effects on mental and physical conditions
  • Research in clinical settings
  • Research in educational settings
  • Next steps: current research
  • The MAAS-A: the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale-Adolescent
  • MBSR-T adaptations in individual and family psychotherapy

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists and other Mental Health Professionals

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