MFY: Making Friends with Yourself: teacher training on mindful self-compassion for teens & young adults.
This 5-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MFY program in an educational or clinical setting.
The prerequisites for taking the MFY Teacher Training are:
Making Friends With Yourself (MFY) is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens. MFY teaches core principles and practices that enable teens to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and self-compassion.
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 (www.mindfulselfcompassionforteens.com), 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.
“So like stressful situations and stuff happens. Or tests or skating competition or whatever. I’m able to handle it more easily and more quickly, and able to, I don’t know, to calm myself down and put it into perspective.” – Teen participant
Following in the footsteps of the adult MSC program, MFY is rooted in the three key components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful, balanced awareness. These elements serve to open the hearts of teens to their own suffering, so they can learn to give themselves what they truly need, recognize that they are not alone in their suffering, and encourage an open-minded acceptance of the struggle they are facing.
Self-compassion can be learned by teens suffering from any kind of emotional, physical or psychological affliction. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that is self-inflicted through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption.
Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing teens to begin to be kinder to themselves amidst their suffering.
“It’s cool to see after we took [the class] how much life in general has improved, like not necessarily the situations, but the ways I can handled it. This is so important, so I’m going to take it again and then maybe make it even better.” – Teen participant
This curriculum was adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion created by Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and has been endorsed by the founders.