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Teaching Self-Compassion for teens


At long last, a self-compassion training for teens! This delightful, innovative program captures the essence of self-compassion for an age group that needs it the most. Wholeheartedly recommended!” Chris Germer, PhD

First Teacher Training in Australia: Making Friends with Yourself
1 -7 March 2019, Edmund Rice Centre, Melbourne,


If you work with adolescents and are interested in teaching  “Making Friends with Yourselves” 
you can visit for more information The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion or you can contact:


Making Friends with yourself Teacher Training

The overarching goal of Making Friends With Yourself is to help teens turn toward the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease, to offer them specific tools for recognizing and managing their struggles, and to help them learn how to meet these struggles with kindness and compassion.


This program was specifically designed to help teenagers to deal better with the enormous challenges that they are facing. Karen Bluth, Ph.D., and Lorraine Hobbes, M.A., co-created Making Friends With Yourself (MFY), an empirically-supported, 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens. It was adapted from the original Mindful Self-Compassion program for adults and is endorsed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.

MFY teaches core practices to assist teens in responding to the challenges that they face with kindness and self-compassion. Similarly to the adult MSC program, the teen program is based on the three key concepts of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindful, balanced awareness. The concepts and practices in the MFY aim to help the teens to turn to their own suffering with kindness so they can explore how they can attend to their needs as a good friend, and to realise that they are not alone in their struggle to promote acceptance and flexibility.  The 8-week long course consists of weekly meeting for 1.75 hours, where teens engage in developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, which provide them with the opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. Backed by research, findings indicate increases in emotional well-being and greater resilience after taking the course. The program aims to be fun, informative, engaging and transformative.

Teacher training program
Welcome to the journey of becoming an MFY teacher!
This journey requires a big heart and a passion for the well-being of teens.

The MFY Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day program facilitated in Australia by MFY and MSC teacher trainers, the creators of the program, Karen Bluth, PhD and Tina Gibson. The training is built around the eight weekly classes and includes opportunities to practice teaching in small groups, with the close consultation of the teacher trainers. The training also includes how to advise parents in supporting their teens throughout the program. After the training, participants will be provided with access to the essential materials to teach MFY through the PowerSchool Learning website.

The 6-day MFY Teacher Training establishes a basic level of training and proficiency sufficient to begin offering the program to the general public. To receive MFY Trained Teacher status, graduates of the Teacher Training are also expected to receive consultation while teaching at least one 8-week MSC program through online group consultation offered through the Center for MSC. All Trained Teachers are eligible to be listed on the Center for MSC website in a Directory of Trained MFY Teachers.

Training Objectives:
At the completion of the MFY Teacher Training, participants will be able to:
•    Identify the core themes and practices presented in each of the eight sessions of MFY
•    Understand the rationale for the modifications made from the adult MSC program
•    Describe different ways of involving parents so that they can appropriately engage and support their teens in their practice
•    Identify obstacles for teens to learning mindful self-compassion practice and strategies for overcoming these obstacles
•    Deepen one’s understanding of key elements in teaching mindfulness and self-compassion practice to teens

Target Audience
This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MFY program in an educational, clinical, or community setting.

Participant Requirements
The prerequisites for taking the MFY Teacher Training are:
•    Established daily mindfulness and self-compassion personal practice,
•    Completion of a 5-day or 8-week MSC course,
•    Experience working with teens in an educational or clinical setting, preferably in groups.

Upon completion of the 7-day MFY Teacher Training, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance stating that he or she has attended the MFY TT in its entirety and can begin to teach MFY as a Teacher Trainee.


A sample of the mindfulness and self-compassion exercises specifically designed for teens
These meditations and exercises provide ways in which teens can cultivate self-compassion. They are included as home practices in the Making Friends with Yourself program. Most of them can function to cultivate self-compassion independently of the program but will work better and make more sense within the context of the program.

For more information or to register for the teacher training in Australia please contact
 or visit The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion

The Information on this page was collected from the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion. (This event is promoted but not managed by MindfulPath).