Tools for Teens: Stress Management and Emotional Resilience

Live Online Eight Week Course

Blair Carleton, Kim Armstrong, MA

About this Event

Based on the evidenced-based curriculum of Mindful Self Compassion, this 8-week experiential program for teens provides practices and tools to manage stress, increase feelings of happiness and well-being, and promote emotional resilience. In each weekly session, we will discuss concepts related to well-being and do a variety of practices, including seated mindfulness meditations, intentional movement, and creative projects. We will also learn practical skills you can use in any moment to help when feeling stressed and overwhelmed with emotions. Research on this course suggests that participation may reduce depression and anxiety in teens and may positively impact engagement and academic performance. This class is designed for teens, ages 14-18, and is taught by two women who have experience working with adolescents and have adolescents of their own. They have seen the power of mindfulness and compassion personally to support teen well-being.

Course Outline 

Week 1: What is Mindful Self-Compassion?
Week 2: How do we practice paying attention on purpose?
Week 3: How can we bring in more kind thoughts versus self-criticism? Why do this anyway?
Week 4: What is Self-Compassion anyway? Is it selfish?
Week 5: How do Self-Compassion and Self-Esteem differ?
Week 6: How do we live more fully?
Week 7: How can we work to better manage difficult emotions?
Week 8: How do we find more gratitude in life?

Here is what a few teens have said about the program:

“I am more in tune with myself.”

“I started to handle difficult situations in my personal life more maturely, by calming myself down.”

“I just wanted to say thank you; to Blair and Kim for being so understanding, nice, and compassionate with my problems and interests.”

About the Presenters

Blair Carleton

Blair Carleton

Blair Carleton is a lifelong teacher. She is a Mindfulness Coach, Recovery Coach trained through the State of Washington and the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, and an instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), as well as the MSC curriculum for teens, Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens and Young Adults. Trained by the founders of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Dr. Neff and Dr. Chris Germer, Blair received her MSC Teacher Certificate through University of California San Diego’s Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Her focus is on helping adults, young adults and teens cope with difficult emotions and self-judgment by building strong emotional resources, skills, and capacities that increase self-love and acceptance in any situation. 

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Kim Armstrong, MA

Kim Armstrong is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Space Between. She has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. She subsequently added a meditation and mindfulness practice and believes in the power of these tools. She has an Masters in Psychology for children and adolescents, is a certified yoga teacher, and has trained with Mindful Schools, Next Generation Yoga for kids, Connection Coalition for trauma informed yoga, The Center for Adolescent Studies, and more.

Previously, Kim worked with K-12 teachers, kids, and schools, focusing on developing sustainable communities, as a co-founder and co-director of Washington Green Schools. She has also worked with diverse populations in various places in the world to implement strategic and organizational change as the Director of Learning for Click2learn, and as a consultant for Andersen Consulting and Arthur D. Little. Kim holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, a MBA from New York University, and a MA in Psychology from the University of Washington