Through art, mindfulness, games, relaxation exercises, and journaling, teens will identify tools and practices to call on inner resources to navigate daily stress and difficult emotions with kindness and self-compassion.
Information Session: Oct. 20 | 4:30 pm
Class dates: Wednesdays | Oct. 23 – Dec. 11 ( 8 sessions) | 6:30pm- 8:15pm
Cost: $295 (Limited Scholarships Available)
The teen years, with all their change and growth, can be full of demands that cause anxiety, stress, depression, and emotional ups and downs. For many teens struggling with a sense of self, these challenges can lead to feelings of disconnection or isolation at times.
Over 8 weeks, this cumulative course will introduce teens to many tools and practices: art, journaling, games, meditation and relaxation techniques; they’ll learn more about how the teen brain works, watch descriptive videos, among many other activities. Teens can participate to the extent they feel comfortable. No one has to share anything they don’t want to. By the end of the class, when we address difficult emotions, every student will have identified tools and practices that work specifically for them, and will be able to call on them as a resource and strength in everyday life.
*This class teaches skills to help teens feel more relaxed, make better decisions, and cope better with whatever comes their way.
*It teaches teens they can build their own inner resources to navigate good times and bad.
*It provides tools so teens can meet their own struggles and difficulties with kindness and compassion.
*The course helps teens:
- Calm the Inner Critic (self-kindness vs self-judgment)
- Understand “I am not alone” (Common humanity vs isolation)
- Learn strategies of what to do in moments of struggle (mindfulness vs over-identification)
Tools for Teens is designed to reduce stress, increase a sense of feeling relaxed, happier, in control, and connected to others. Research has shown it reduces depression and anxiety in teens by 30%, and increases academic performance by 11%.
Instructor: Blair Carleton
Blair Carleton is a Mindfulness Instructor, Recovery Coach, and, most important, mother of three. She teaches at the University of Washington Center for Child and Family Well-Being, and is on the faculty of Recovery Café. She also teaches in schools, prisons, work release programs, and for The Benji Project, a Port Townsend non-profit. In addition to her private practice, she leads courses, training workshops and retreats on mindfulness/meditation, self-compassion, shame resilience, among many other topics. Her focus is on building emotional resources, skills, strengths and capacities to deal with difficult emotions and self-judgment so that individuals can thrive. Every single time she teaches, she is filled with gratitude as she sees students reveal and tap into their own joy, strength, and resilience to enhance their well-being and flourish.
Blair received her Teacher Training from the University of California San Diego’s Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, her Recovery Coach training through the State of Washington, and her BA from Yale University. You can see more on her website.