Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT Psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author

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 have or will have a serious mental illness.

Now that we recognize the problem lets discuss a solution.

Join Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, the founder and creator of MBSR-T for an 8-week course that provides proven intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioral techniques to use with all adolescents. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) is an evidence-based efficacious therapeutic treatment approach for teens in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Gina will teach you how to begin using her evidence-based, cutting-edge approach directly after the training. You will walk away with a myriad of therapeutic tools.

After attending this engaging 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.

MBSR-T will help teens:
• Shift from reactivity and impulsivity to thoughtful responding

• Move from feeling powerless to feeling a sense of agency and control

• More accurately perceive and appraise stressful situations

• Decrease negative harmful judgments
• Increase positive coping strategies and decrease self-harming thinking and behaviors

• Increase and maintain an overall since of health and well-being


Session 1: March 24, 2020, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

An introduction to positive neuroplasticity, and the connection to mindfulness; the foundations and history of the MBSR-T program

Session 2: March 31, 2020, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

Examining and defining the foundations of stress. Providing an introduction to mindfulness and the research supporting MBSR-T

Session 3: April 7, 2020, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

Exploring the effects of stress on the mind and body. Beginning a personal mindfulness practice

Session 4: April 14, 2020, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

Developing and strengthening mindfulness practice. Learning how to increase present-moment awareness

Session 5: April 21, 2020, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

Cultivating self-care and beginning to take in the good. Facilitating awareness of positive experiences and pleasant moments

Session 6: April 28, 2020, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

Noticing, being, and working with thoughts. Facilitating awareness of negative experiences and unpleasant moments

Session 7: May 5, 2020, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

Improving awareness through mindfulness. Utilizing positive coping strategies and behaviors to manage life. Reviewing the MBSR-T program. Assessing mindfulness-based solutions. Making mindfulness a continuing part of daily living.

Session 8: May 12, 2020, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

Cultivating mindful resilience. Building mindful relationships. Reviewing the MBSR-T program. Making mindfulness a continuing part of daily living

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Breakdown 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. Chart the evidence-based research on MBSR-T including latest studies and new directions.
  4. Discuss how to Connect adolescent-based stressors and the use of mindfulness-based practices.
  5. Employ the 4-step mindful check-in to better understand teen’s life problems and their use and accessibility of the MBSR-T interventions.
  6. Implement the 5Ws (who, what, where, when, and why) to develop a personal mindfulness practice.
  7. Devise mindfulness techniques that increase teen’s present moment functioning and living.
  8. Develop awareness and discuss how to improve teens recognition of thoughts and feelings during mindfulness practice.
  9. Provide instruction on how to bring informal practices into teens lives; and how to connect informal practices to the five senses.
  10. 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.
  11. Identify skills that teach teens the importance of, and ways to cultivate, self-care.
  12. Communicate how mindfulness creates a pause between a stimulus and response, which improves teen’s ability to respond to life’s problems rather than reacting.
  13. Discuss how to separate life moments as: pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant; teach teens to be with all moments regardless of label.
  14. Apply positive coping behaviors instead of negative coping behaviors, to manage stress.
  15. Provide teen’s with calendars to improve awareness of pleasant and unpleasant moments, as well as to track self-harming behaviors.
  16. Describe ways to be with painful events versus pushing away or clinging to the event or situation.
  17. Investigate the role of the media, social networking, and the use of mindfulness practices on the development of the adolescent.
  18. Incorporate the use of MI-messages to assist teens with asserting themselves and in building self-respect and respect in cultivating healthy relationships.

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 16 CE Hours by the following:

  • APA – Psychologists
  • ASWB – National Social Workers
  • 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




Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Case Managers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addictions Counselors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Educators, School Administrators, Other Mental Health Professionals

Recommended Reading



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

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.

This training is worth 16 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e. logged in – for live presentation(s), all Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may then access these recordings at any time for up to six months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.

Technical Requirements
This is an online learning event. Access to a computer and high-speed internet is required. Refer to our FAQ page for further information on technical requirements for this training.

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 prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.