Mindful Self-Compassion Courses 

Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens INTENSIVE

This class will be held over these 4 days rather than over 8 weeks.




Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands in life increase for teens, this time is often fraught with confusion, anxiety or depression. For many teens these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation. This course, Making Friends with Yourself, is designed to facilitate awareness, self-kindness and an understanding of our common humanity in response to these growing challenges. Through developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, teens have an opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. This course creates an opportunity for adolescents to construct a healthier world-view and gives rise to greater compassion and empathy toward self and others. In a preliminary research study, this program demonstrated a significant decrease in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood. The curriculum was adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and has been endorsed by Neff and Germer.


Mindful Self-Compassion 

 The UNC Program on Integrative Medicine is excited to be offering this new 8-week Mindful Self- Compassion course this spring.  See description above under Mindful Self-Compassion INTENSIVE.

  • 8 weekly classes of 2-1/2 hours each

  • One 4-hour retreat on a Saturday

Karen Bluth and Laura Prochnow Phillips will be the instructors.