Lorraine Hobbs and Karen Bluth are pioneers in the field of self-compassion training for teens and young adults. They have brought their respective experience together to adapt the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Research on MFY demonstrates a change in anxiety, depression and perceived stress for adolescence.

This two-day program is an opportunity for professionals, working with teens, or parents to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises that adolescents would experience in a full 8-week intensive format. Consider joining Karen and Lorraine in learning just how powerful and transformative the practice of self-compassion can be for teens and young adults as they navigate the challenges of this robust period of life.

Self-compassion: What is It?

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail at times in their lives, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to our own selves in the same situations. Self-compassion is directed to the one who is suffering, and encourages us to consider the fundamental question of “What do I need?” By recognizing that difficulty is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-kindness), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life, particularly in adolescence when things can seem upside down at times.


Self-compassion: How to Learn It?

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, including kids and teens and even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.
After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion and how it works with the adolescent brain
  • Understand how a teen can motivate him or herself with kindness rather than criticism
  • How a teen can handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Manage caregiver fatigue as a professional or parent
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion exercises to your children or clients

Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.

For Whom

This 2-day program is for parents and teens who like to use MFY in their daily life as well as anyone who would like to teach the MFY program in education or clinical settings like teachers, youth workers, psychologists and therapists.


List of startdates for training Making Friends with Yourself: Self-Compassion for Teens