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Gina M. Biegel, LMFT
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Oct 17, 2017
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Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over a decade. She created MBSR-T to help teens in a large HMO’s outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry whose physical and psychological symptoms were not responding satisfactorily to a multitude of other evidence-based practices. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is the author of Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life (Shambhala, 2017), The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (2nd Ed., New Harbinger, 2017) and the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens (PESI, 2016). She also has a mindfulness practice audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens, to complement the MBSR-T program; provides worldwide multiday trainings and intensive ten-week online trainings; and works with teens and families individually and in groups. Her work has been featured on CNN and Reuters, and in the New York Times.
Financial: Gina M. Biegel is the founder and owner of Stressed Teens. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is published by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Gina M. Biegel has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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- Determine specific mindfulness techniques to shift from reactivity and impulsivity to thoughtful responding.
- Articulate the essential core components of the MBSR-T program as they relate to clinical treatment.
- Implement the curriculum in the MBSR-T program and practice clinical interventions from all of the 8-sessions.
- Apply the guided instruction for the central formal mindfulness interventions in the MBSR-T program.
- Employ the 4-step mindful check-in to better understand
- teen’s stressors; and connect appropriate MBSR-T interventions to manage them.
- Simulate the steps in conducting the dropping-in, body scan, sitting, walking, yoga, heartfulness and gratitude mindfulness practices.
- Develop the ability to communicate the effectiveness of all formal mindfulness practices learned in MBSR-T.
- Establish mindfulness techniques that increase teen’s present moment functioning and living.
- Communicate how mindfulness creates a pause between a stimulus and response, which improves teen’s ability to respond to stress rather than reacting.
- Evaluate the use of interpersonal mindfulness in facilitating effective communication and increasing awareness in teens.
- Utilize calendars with teens to improve awareness of pleasant and unpleasant moments, as well as to track self-harming behaviours.
- Ascertain the role of the media, social networking, and the use of mindfulness practices on the development of the adolescent.
- Determine ways the MBSR-T program assists teens to take in the good, create positive experiences, and turn them into lasting resources.
- Evaluate techniques such as mindful communication, acceptance, trust, and letting-go for building positive and beneficial relationships with self and others.
- Incorporate skills such as letting go and gratitude to teach teens the importance of, and ways to cultivate, self-care.
- Establish interventions that can be used in teen’s daily life to facilitate maintenance and growth of the MBSR-T program.
- Explore the recent advances in neuroscience, neuroplasticity, and mindfulness on the developing teenage brain.
- Document the evidence-based research on MBSR-T including latest studies in order to better inform choice of clinical intervention.
PRINCIPLES OF MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION FOR TEENS (MBSR-T)
- Program similarities and differences from adult MBSR and MBSR-T
- Theoretical foundations of MBSR-T
- Ethical and moral considerations
- The mindful clinician: impact on MBSR-T outcomes
- Cultural relevance
THE CURRICULUM—SESSION TAKE-AWAY’S
- Session 1-Examine adolescent stress and its relationship to utilizing mindfulness
- Session 2-Develop a personal mindfulness practice
- Session 3-Deepen present moment awareness through daily living
- Session 4-Cultivate self-care and awareness of positive experiences
- Session 5-Think mindfully and respond to life events
- Session 6-Learn to positively cope with difficult emotions
- Session 7-Build mindful communication in relationships
- Session 8-Integrate mindfulness into all aspects of life
EVIDENCED-BASED RESEARCH AND CLINICAL APPLICATIONS
- Effects on mental and physical conditions
- Research in clinical and educational settings
- The MAAS-A: the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale-Adolescent version
- MBSR-T adaptations in individual and family psychotherapy
- Neuroscience research – effects of MBSR and MBSR-T on the brain
- Core MBSR-T interventions
- Model of MBSR-T awareness of intention, attention and attitude
- MBSR-T mechanisms of change
- Understand and define mindfulness
- Personal goal-setting: letting-go and non-striving
- Formal and informal mindfulness practices
- Foundational formal practice – the body scan
- Develop a mindfulness practice
INTERVENTIONS FOR EARLY MINDFULNESS DEVELOPMENT
- Dropping-In practice: Body, breath and mind
- Mindfulness and the 5 senses
- Eating mindfully
- Define and explore stress from a teen’s perspective
- 4-Step mindful check-in
- Mindful qualities for daily living
- Present moment awareness of thoughts, feelings and actions
- Breath mindfully: taking ten breaths
- Body-scan practice
- Sitting practice
- Integrate mindfulness into teens daily routine
- Learn to be with positive and negative emotions
INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE EMOTION REGULATION AND METACOGNITION
- Mindful yoga, walking and movement
- Cultivate self-care: both client and clinician
- Heartfulness practice – deepening compassion
- Awareness of negative and positive experiences
- Pleasant and unpleasant moment’s calendar
- Decrease judgments and worries: working with anxiety
- Mindful stopping – decrease reactivity
- Taking a mindful pause—prevent impulsivity
- Railroad practice: train of thoughts
- Understand and utilize positive coping strategies
- Approach stress, pain and suffering
- Teens have control over stress: stress equals pain times blocking (S=PxB)
- Self-awareness calendar to track negative behaviours
- The harm awareness journal
BUILD SOCIAL SKILLS, COMMUNICATION AND RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT
- Manage life events and associated stressors
- Mindful homework/test-taking
- 10 Tips to minimize homework and test-taking stress
- Mindful messaging in social media
- Using MI-messages and the different communication styles
- Mindful communication: listen and reflect
- Letting-go and the power of forgiveness
- Gratitude practice toward self and others
- Build trust: the trust exercise
- Bring mindfulness into home, school and community
- Build mindful relationships
- Reviewing and setting future goals
- Processing grief and loss
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