Teenage stress is a growing problem. The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that up to 20 percent of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness, and that 3.2 million teens are at risk of developing depression. Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrial world.
According to Daniel J. Siegel, MD, “Gina Biegel has put together an intensive training for professionals interested in helping stressed adolescents find relief and clarity based on her direct experience supporting teens during this challenging time of life.” By learning how to help adolescents now, you will prepare them for the future they will create, not only for themselves but for all of us.
Mindfulness-based interventions for youth have been found to be evidence-based in clinical and non-clinical practice. Mindfulness can help your clients reduce stress and manage anxiety by teaching them how to rely less on old behaviours such as ruminative thinking and self-sabotaging narratives and actions. But how do you get youth to be mindful when they are developmentally wired to be judgemental, distractable, and susceptible to peer pressure? You will learn proven interventions, strategies, treatment tools, and techniques that are culturally relevant and appropriate to the developmental needs of adolescents.
Gina Biegel created the mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens program (MBSR-T) in order to provide a youth-focused approach. MBSR-T has been recognized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the adult MBSR program.
Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, is a San Francisco Bay Area-based psychotherapist, researcher, and author specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is the founder of Stressed Teens, which has offered the MBSR-T program to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over 13 years. She provides intensive 10-week online trainings for people all over the world, and works with teens and families individually and in groups. For more information, please visit www.stressedteens.com.