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Course Update

Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself) will now be offered through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

The Frank Porter Graham Program on Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for Families is a suite of programs related to self-compassion in families and schools. Our mission is to bring specialized self-compassion training to teens, pre-teens, children, parents, educators, and all adults who traverse the lives of youth, with the ultimate goal of creating a community imbued with greater compassion for ourselves and others.

We will explore ways of bringing programs into schools, serve as a resource for up-to-date research on self-compassion, and provide support for families toward integrating self-compassion into their lives at home.

Self-compassion has been linked with better mental health – less depression, anxiety, and stress – in numerous research studies with both adults and teens.

Program Offerings

Mindful Self-Compassion

An 8-week or 4 or 5-day intensive adult course with a foundation of mindfulness, and a focus on cultivating self-compassion
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Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens

Adapted from MSC, an empirically-based course for teens to help them not be so hard on themselves.
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Body Compassion: Honoring Our Whole Being

Body Compassion is a program that integrates empirically supported self-compassion, mindfulness, gratitude, and somatic/embodiment practices to heal and nurture our relationship with our whole bodies.
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Parent-Child Self-Compassion

This 6-week course is for a 7-10 year old and their parent. This class gives both parent and child the important resilience tool of self-compassion so that families will be better prepared to meet day to day challenges.
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Self-Compassion: A Workshop for Parents of Teens and Pre-teens

A 4-hour workshop to help parents learn ways to be less self-critical, thereby “refilling their own jug” so they can be more present for their children.
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Hear Dr. Kristin Neff talk about fierce self-compassion – so needed by all of us at this time in our history.

Self-compassion pioneer Dr. Kristin Neff talks about the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem.