Stressed Teens Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Course


spring Schedule 2017

May 23rd, 2017 - August 8th 2017

Weekly Live Class Supervision Dates and Times:

1.5 Hours Per Week (15 Hours of Instruction) To View LIVE Each Week. 

  • Live Class 1: May 23rd, 2017 1-2:30PM PT
  • Live Class 2: May 30th, 2017 1-2:30PM PT
  • Live Class 3: June 20th, 2017 1-2:30PM PT 
  • Live Class 4: June 29th, 2017 1-2:30PM PT
  • Live Class 5: July 4th, 2017 1-2:30PM PT
  • Live Class 6: July 11th, 2017 1-2:30PM PT
  • Live Class 7: July 18th, 2017 1-2:30PM PT
  • Live Class 8: July 25th, 2017 1-2:30PM PT
  • Live Class 9: August 1st, 2017 1-2:30PM PT
  • Live Class 10: August 8th, 2017 1-2:30PM PT

Live Experiential Group Practice Dates and Times:

1.5 Hours Twice (3 Hours of LIVE Practice Instruction) Note: Live Classes 5 and 8 above will be longer in duration to accommodate for these practice sessions.

  • Live Practice Session 1: July 11th, 2017 2:45-4:15 PM PT
  • Live Practice Session 2: July 25th, 2017 2:45-4:15PM PST

Weekly Pre-Recorded Course Content and Education: 

1.5 Hours Per Week (12 Hours of Instruction) 

All course times are listed in Pacific Time (PT) 

Live Class 1

About the Stressed Teens Program: An Introduction and an Orientation to the Online Platform and Other Registrants

Live Class 2

The Research, History and Foundations of the MBSR-T Program

Live Class 3 MBSR-T Session 1 of 8

Purpose and Intentions: Examining and defining the foundations of stress and a beginning to mindfulness.

Key Mindfulness Interventions(s): Setting program intentions; Defining mindfulness; Mindfulness and the 5-Senses, Mindful eating (e.g., raisin).

Key Adolescent-Specific Intervention(s): Adolescent stressors and the effects of stress

Main Session Learning Objective(s): Setting personal intentions and goals.  Defining and identifying adolescent-based stress and its relationship to utilizing mindfulness and the adolescent-based practices. 

Live Class 4  MBSR-T Session 2 of 8

Purpose and Intentions: Effects of stress on the mind and body. The foundations of mindfulness: beginning a personal practice.

Key Mindfulness Interventions(s): Mindful check-in and mindful qualities (both at the start of each session beginning in Session 2 and onward); 9-Dots activity, Introduce formal and informal mindfulness practice, Body-scan, Developing a daily mindful practice.

Key Adolescent-Specific Intervention(s): Defining, explaining and discussing thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  

Main Session Learning Objective(s): Strengthening the foundations of in-and out-of-session mindfulness practices.  Seeing mind-body connections and their relationship to stress. Viewing stress as both helpful and harmful under different circumstances.  

Live Class 5 MBSR-T Session 3 of 8

Purpose and Intentions: Further development of mindfulness practices and learning to be aware of the present moment.

Key Mindfulness Interventions(s): Informal practice during adolescent-specific activities of daily living; Rumi’s Guest House Poem; Past (P)- Now (N)- Future (F) Practice; Riding the waves of fife; Taking 10-breaths, Sitting practice (short)

Key Adolescent-Specific Intervention(s): My Purpose: Who Am I?; Adolescent Life Purpose

Main Session Learning Objective(s): Deepening present moment awareness through daily living.  Expanding on feelings and thoughts day-by-day and being with and managing what is present in each moment.

Live Class 6 MBSR-T Session 4 of 8

Purpose and Intentions: Cultivating self-care and awareness of positive experiences and pleasant moments.

Key Mindfulness Interventions(s): Mindful walking; Pleasant events/moments calendar; Heartfulness practice.

Key Adolescent-Specific Intervention(s): Self-Care; Self-Care versus being selfish; Pleasant life moments; Difference between caring and worrying

Main Session Learning Objective(s): An understanding of how to take care of yourself daily through mindful practices, an awareness of pleasant life moments and caring for yourself and others.

Live Class 7 MBSR-T Session 5 of 8

Purpose and Intentions: Noticing, working and being with thoughts and facilitating an awareness of unpleasant moments and negative experiences.

Key Mindfulness Interventions(s): Yoga and/or mindful movement; Unpleasant events/moments calendar; Mindful stopping

Key Adolescent-Specific Intervention(s): Being with and understanding judgments and worries; The Railroad activity aka train of thoughts; Responding and reacting toward self and others.  Discussion of the effects of the media: internet, social networking and the like.

Main Session Learning Objective(s): Utilizing skills to be aware of thoughts and ways to be with thoughts without responding and/or reacting and giving a mindful moment, attention or pause to the thought or event.  Learning how to be with all moments pleasant or unpleasant.

Live Class 8 MBSR-T Session 6 of 8

Purpose and Intentions: Mindful strategies for improving awareness, attention and behaviors.  Utilizing positive coping strategies, letting go, forgiveness and acceptance to utilize in daily living.

Key Mindfulness Interventions(s): Sitting practice (longer duration); Mindful homework and test-taking; Gratitude practice

Key Adolescent-Specific Intervention(s): Adolescent life events and associated stress; Coping strategies (positive and negative); Stress equals Pain times Blocking (S= PxB); Ice cube activity; Harm awareness journal; School difficulties

Main Session Learning Objective(s): Furthering mindful attention to aspects of life in school and various life events.  Learning how to cope and manage life situations.  An increase in skills and knowledge to manage stressors through awareness, attention and learning how to be with versus push away difficult events without adding or detracting from the situation.

Live Class 9 MBSR-T Session 7 of 8

Purpose and Intentions: Cultivating mindful resilience and building mindful relationships.

Key Mindfulness Interventions(s): Mindful communication; Forgiveness practice; Defining and creating affirmations

Key Adolescent-Specific Intervention(s): Assertive communication; Listening and reflecting; The role of respecting, trusting, letting go, and forgiving yourself and others; Personal evaluation of strengths and weaknesses.

Main Session Learning Objective(s): Building positive and beneficial relationships with others and yourself.  Learning to mindfully approach communication, trust and cultivating respect in all relationships.

Live Class 10 MBSR-T Session 8 of 8 and Next Steps

Purpose and Intentions: Mindfulness as a part of daily living: A review and setting future intentions.

Key Mindfulness Interventions(s): Reviewing past intentions; Setting current and future intentions; Review of key MBSR-T concepts and practices previously taught; Future steps to continue with an MBSR-T practice

Key Adolescent-Specific Intervention(s): Appreciation and gratitude in daily living.  Celebration of potential gains and improvements in functioning; Discussion and reflection of potential grief and loss.

Main Session Learning Objective(s): Bringing all sessions of the MBSR-T program (interventions and practices; both mindful and non-mindful) together as a cohesive understanding and development of living mindfully daily.  An understanding of adolescent stressor(s) and life moments’ potential impact and influence obtained.  Skills to manage and respond to life with mindful-based communication, appropriate management of life events and coping with adolescence in the healthiest way(s) possible.