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About The Stressed Teens Program
Stressed Teens, otherwise known as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) Program was founded in 2004. Stressed Teens has been demonstrated through research to be an effective and evidence-based intervention to reduce adolescent stress and the physical and psychological problems that result. Stressed Teens is adapted in a variety of ways to accommodate the setting in which it is being offered. This program is frequently utilized with individuals, families, and in-group settings.
Stressed Teens teaches mindfulness skills and provides tools for those in their pre-teen years through latter adolescence. Mindfulness involves paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and can be cultivated through both formal and informal mindfulness practices. Stressed Teens takes a mind-body approach and focuses on the whole person. Teens often have difficulties with their social skills, emotions, confidence, procrastination, impulsivity and attention. Stressed Teens can improve a teen’s functioning and quality of living socially, physically and psychologically.
After participating in the Wisdom 2.0 Youth conference, blogger Gina Biegel reflects on the power of perseverance. There are times when fear can prevent us from following our dreams and goals. Fear or other such feelings are like monsters under … Continue reading
On July 7, 2011, Clayton Carlson, a 23-year-old Palo Alto, CA resident who graduated from Palo Alto High School (aka “Paly”) in 2006, committed suicide on a local train track in Palo Alto, California. There have been 7 teen-specific suicides … Continue reading
The Race to Right Here Right Now: Mindfulness as an antidote to never being happy with the way things are
I recently watched the documentary Race to Nowhere and it got me thinking. It discusses the state of the problems with our youth today and the impact of always feeling we have to strive, to get somewhere and do something. Meanwhile, I … Continue reading
People often ask me how to introduce teens to mindfulness. One of the best ways to answer that question is to illustrate it through a story from my own life, such as the snorkeling adventure I mentioned in my last … Continue reading
I recently went to Hawaii for the first time, and a friend suggested we go snorkeling to experience the beautiful tropical fish firsthand. I try to be open-minded about checking out new things and I enjoy seeing with fresh eyes, … Continue reading