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Stressed Teens is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) program. This program can be adapted from the group format to accommodate other settings (e.g., schools, individual/family therapy) and for a variety of populations (e.g., clinical and non-clinical). The formal practices are shorter in duration to accommodate the attention span of adolescents. MBSR-T seeks to meet teens where they are developmentally and use language, references and stories that are relevant to them. Emphasis is also given to mindful qualities of living, informal practice and developing an awareness of one’s thoughts. It appears, through experience in this program, that teens often benefit from activities that focus on noticing and awareness of self-other judgments, worries, things out of one’s control, and pain and suffering. Many mental health difficulties arise from these aforementioned thoughts.
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 difficulty 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.
Stressed Teens was designed by Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, a psychotherapist who teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in multiple settings. She adapted the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program typically for adults for a teen population, and created Stressed Teens using the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) program. Her first book, a workbook, entitled, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal With Stress, is currently available as well as her audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens: Meditation Practices to Reduce Stress and Promote Well-Being.