The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) Practicum Intensive: An Advanced Training through Teen Courses

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT Psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author
Stacie L. Cooper, MA, PsyD Writer, editor, and teen/young adult transition coach

About This Course

The effects of stress on teens’ mental and physical health today are enormous. Stress does not discriminate. Stress is impinging on ALL youth regardless of race, sex, or class!

Fact: 1 in 5 youth 13-18 years of age in the US have or will have a serious mental illness.

Now that we recognize the problem, let’s discuss a solution.

Join Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, the founder and creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) and Stacie Cooper, MA, PsyD, teen life coach and mindfulness instructor, for an 6-week course that provides proven intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioral techniques to use with all adolescents. MBSR-T is an evidence-based efficacious therapeutic treatment approach for teens in both clinical and non-clinical settings. In this practicum intensive, Gina and Stacie will teach you how to begin using this evidence-based, cutting-edge approach directly after the training and how to adapt it to various lengths and formats. Not only will you walk away with a myriad of therapeutic tools, but you will have an opportunity to watch recently recorded live MBSR-T classes taught by Gina and Stacie with groups of teens online in their adapted 4-week format.

After attending this advanced practicum training, you will be able to teach teens how to shift their thinking away from impulsive, thoughtless, and judgmental ways of reacting to life and to respond mindfully instead. Mindfulness skills provide teens with an anchor and compass to guide them when they feel emotionally dysregulated, stressed, anxious, and depressed. Teach teens to live rather than just exist in an ever-increasing, multimedia- stimulated technological environment.

This training is limited to a total of 35 attendees. Sign up today to secure your seat.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.


Session 1 | September 22, 2020, 12:30 PM—3 PM EDT

Discuss the specific interventions used in 8-, 4-, and 2-week MBSR-T courses with teens. Education on and the relationships between mindfulness, neuroplasticity, positive neuroplasticity, taking in the good, and resourcing yourself.

Session 2 | September 29, 2020, 12:30 PM—3 PM EDT

MBSR-T Week 1 of 4 Teen and Instructor Introductions:
Defining and Understanding Stress (Good Stress & Bad Stress)
The Role of Life Stressors
Responding to Stress: The Fight-
Flight-Freeze Response Your Stress Waves
Ride the Stress Waves: Manage Your Stress
The Dropping-In Mindfulness Practice to Reduce Stress Stress the Problem, Mindfulness a Solution

Session 3 | October 6, 2020, 12:30 PM—3 PM EDT

MBSR-T Week 2 of 4:
Current Status Assessment and Setting Employ the 4-step mindful check-in to better understand teens’ Intentions (Letting Go of Your Problems)
Introduction to the Mindful Check-In
The Mindful Qualities
Awareness of the Positive and Pleasant Life Moments
Take in the Good: Doing What You Enjoy
How to Be Mindful: Awareness of the Senses
Informal Practice: Mindful of Your Interests

Session 4 | October 13, 2020, 12:30 PM—3 PM EDT

MBSR-T Week 3 of 4:
The Mindful Check-In
Sitting Body-Scan Practice
Assessing and Navigating Your Basic Needs
What is Self-Care?
Positive Self-Care Activities to Resource Yourself
130 Positive Coping Skills
Self-Care Levels I–IV
The Self-Care Water Bottle
Look Up from Your Device
Mindful of Silence

Session 5 | October 20, 2020, 12:30 PM—3 PM EDT

MBSR-T Week 4 of 4:
The Mindful Check-In
Notice the Landscape of Your Thoughts and the Negative Selection Bias
How to Be with Your Thoughts: The Railroad Activity Your Train of Thoughts
Understanding the Role of Mindfulness and Brain Science—Neuroplasticity
Engage in Positive Neuroplasticity with HOT
The Playlists of Your Life: Music and the Role of Positive Neuroplasticity
Taking Mindful Downtime and Refueling Yourself
Gratitude Practice: Be in an Attitude of Gratitude
The Gratitude Tree
Course Celebration

Session 6 | October 27, 2020, 12:30 PM—3 PM EST

Review and deep dive of MBSR-T formats and adaptations (8-week, 4-week, and 2-week). A discussion around the differences and similarities between them. Teaching tips for online versus in-person formats as well as adapting teaching to cultural and developmental needs, current events (Coronavirus) etc., and overall mental and physical health on general well-being.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Break down the foundational principles of MBSR-T and discuss the essential core components of the MBSR-T program.
  2. Identify the recent advances in neuroscience, neuroplasticity, and mindfulness on the developing teenage brain.
  3. Describe the basics behind leading formal mindfulness practices in MBSR-T.
  4. Discuss how to connect adolescent-based stressors and the use of mindfulness-based practices.
  5. Identify mindfulness techniques that increase teens’ present moment functioning and living.
  6. Employ the 4-step mindful check-in to better understand teens’life problems and their use and accessibility of the MBSR-T interventions.
  7. Provide instruction on how to bring informal practices into teens’ lives and how to connect informal practices to the five senses.
  8. Point out ways the MBSR-T program assists teens to take in the good, create beneficial lasting resources, and develop fundamental human needs for safety, security, and connection.
  9. Identify skills that teach teens the importance of, and ways to cultivate, self-care.
  10. Apply positive coping skills instead of negative coping behaviors to manage stress.
  11. Communicate how mindfulness creates a pause between a stimulus and response, which improves teens’ ability to respond to life’s problems rather than reacting.
  12. Describe how to improve teens’ recognition of thoughts and feelings during mindfulness practice.
  13. Implement the curriculum in the MBSR-T program and be able to teach interventions from all 6 sessions.
  14. Simulate the steps in conducting the dropping-in, body scan, sitting, walking, train of thoughts, and gratitude mindfulness practices.
  15. Discuss interventions that can be used in teens’ daily life to facilitate the maintenance and growth of the MBSR-T program.
  16. Provide ways to maintain mindfulness practice and continue to use mindfulness in daily life.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 15 CE Hours by the following:

  • APA – Psychologists
  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NAADAC – Drug & Alcohol Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses


This group is for those who have a knowledge base in the MBSR-T program. Prerequisites to take this course include one of the following: Have attended and completed the 10-week online certificate course in MBSR-T; OR Have attended a 3-Day MBSR-T course; OR Have attended a 1-Day MBSR-T course.

It is required that you have some professional training in MBSR-T prior to taking this intensive practicum.


For mental health professionals, intermediate to advanced.

Recommended Reading

Biegel, G. M., (2017). The stress reduction workbook for teens: Mindfulness skills to help you deal with stress (2nd ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Biegel, G. M. (2020) Take in the good: Skills for staying positive and living your best life. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications.

Biegel, G. M. (2020) The stress reduction card deck for teens: 52 essential mindfulness skills. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Biegel, G. M., (2018) Be mindful and stress less: 50 ways to deal with your (crazy) life. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications.

Biegel, G. M., & Cooper, S., (2019) The self-harm workbook for teens: Mindfulness skills to help teens overcome cutting and self-harming behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.


Edwards, M., Adams, E. M., Waldo, M., Hadfield, O. D., & Biegel, G. M. (2014). Effects of a mindfulness group on Latino adolescent students: Examining levels of perceived stress, mindfulness, self-compassion, and psychological symptoms. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 39(2), 145–163.

Brown, K. W., West, A. M., Loverich, T. M., & Biegel, G. M. (2011). Assessing adolescent mindfulness: Validation of an adapted mindful attention awareness scale in adolescent normative and psychiatric populations. Psychological Assessment, 23(4), 1023–1033.

Meiklejohn, J., Phillips, C., Freedman, M. L., Griffin, M. L., Biegel, G. M., Roach, A., … Saltzman, A. (2012). Integrating mindfulness training into K–12 education: Fostering the resilience of teachers and students. Mindfulness, 3(4), 291–307.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at to cancel a registration.