In this 4-session course you will learn a specific way of paying attention to your breath, your body, your thoughts, your feelings, and the world around you. This way of paying attention is very powerful because when you can observe your thoughts and feelings, then you can choose what you say and how you act. Often, when teens are worried or fearful, or have problems paying attention, certain thoughts can lead to these feelings. Being mindful of these thoughts and choosing to act and feel differently can improve your life! Students who have taken this course have found it has helped them with their friends, parents, siblings, schoolwork, and other activities.
Over 25 years of research has proven that Mindfulness increases attention and focus, reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, and increases well-being. And in some cases, it has been found to be as helpful as therapy or medication. Mindfulness is used by professional athletes, artists, musicians, business people, teachers, healthcare professionals, lawyers, and military personnel to enhance their performance.
Who: Teens ages 13-19. Limited to 8 participants total. Dr. MacPhail will reach out after registration to conduct a short 15-20 minute orientation session to ensure that this class is a good fit for your teen.
When: 4 Wednesdays (October 12 – November 2, 2022) from 4:15 to 5:30 pm.
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: $300.00 ($75.00 nonrefundable deposit collected to hold your slot). A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
About the leader: Sandra MacPhail, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist at The Children’s Program. She has many years of experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults who have attention, learning, and emotional difficulties. Dr. MacPhail has received over ten years of training in mindfulness practices for children, adolescents and adults in addition to developing her own practice based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. She is currently becoming a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher through the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.