The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are
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About the Author
Karen Bluth, PhD, earned her doctoral degree in child and family studies at the University of Tennessee. She is currently research faculty in the Program on Integrative Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Her work focuses on the roles that mindfulness and self-compassion play in promoting well-being in teens. Bluth was awarded a Francisco J. Varela research award from the Mind and Life Institute in 2012, which allowed her to explore the effects of a mindfulness intervention on adolescents' well-being through examining stress biomarkers. In spring 2015, she received internal University of North Carolina funding to explore relationships among mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional well-being in teens in grades 7-12. With current NIH funding, she is part of a research team at the University of North Carolina that is studying the teen adaptation of Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer's Mindful Self-Compassion program.In addition to her research, Bluth regularly teaches mindfulness and mindful self-compassion courses to both adults and teens in the Chapel Hill, NC, area and regularly gives talks and leads workshops at schools and universities. In collaboration with Lorraine Hobbs, Bluth has adapted Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer's Mindful Self-Compassion program for an adolescent population. A former educator with eighteen years classroom experience, Bluth is currently associate editor of the academic journal Mindfulness. Foreword writer Kristin Neff, PhD, is currently associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion, released by William Morrow. In conjunction with her colleague Christopher Germer, she developed an empirically supported eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide. Neff is also featured in the best-selling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family's journey to Mongolia, where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.
--Christopher Germer, PhD, lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
"Teens, this workbook is a fun way of exploring how to more deeply know and care for yourself, your friends, and family. The authors offer lots of creative ways to explore your inner life, get to know yourself better, and take control of your life to build a caring and compassionate world."
--Mark Greenberg, PhD, Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research at Penn State, and author of over 350 journal articles and book chapters on prevention for mental health concerns and the promotion of well-being
"The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens is highly engaging, realistic, and wise. Bluth has anchored the applications of self-compassion to the common and highly stressful experiences of adolescents, as they negotiate family, peer, and school pressures. There is a wonderful balance of mindfulness, self-kindness, and common humanity that should enable young people both to manage stress and to develop greater empathy for others. The distinction between self-esteem and self-compassion may be the most important contribution of the workbook to preventing depression in adolescents."
--John F. Curry, PhD, ABPP, professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and department of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University
"By learning the art of befriending yourself, you can become at peace in the world--with yourself, your friends, family, and peers. It sounds simple, but teens know it's not always so easy these days. But I know that you can do it, and this wonderful book shows you how."
--Dzung X. Vo, MD, author of The Mindful Teen
"In this engaging workbook, Karen Bluth provides teenagers with a valuable road map to their minds and hearts as they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence. In her warm, authentic, personal voice, she draws teens in using art, music, writing, photography, humor, and creative activities to help them connect to this wisdom on a deeply personal level. She grounds this book in the science of compassion and mindfulness, and translates it into practices that resonate with teenagers' lived experiences. This workbook is a terrific resource for everyone--but especially for young people struggling with the challenges of self-criticism and anxiety. Bluth not only teaches 'about' compassion; she communicates compassion through her openhearted message to teens everywhere: you are not alone."
--Trish Broderick, PhD, clinical psychologist and research associate at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University, author of Learning to Breathe, and coauthor of The Life Span
"The teen years can sometimes seem like an indecipherable and sometimes frightening mystery, for parents AND for teens. Karen Bluth has brought her wealth of knowledge and wisdom to untangling the mystery and unlocking the truly transformative power of practicing self-compassion. This is a delightful and, above all, practical workbook for teens to discover their capacity to not only be aware (mindful) of themselves and their thoughts and feelings, but also to locate their innate ability to be kind to themselves when they face the inevitable challenges, bumps in the road, and feelings of inadequacy that are a common part of becoming an adult. Teens and parents alike will love this book and get so much out of the practices it teaches."
--Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, associate clinical professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine; executive director for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion; and founding director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness
"A wonderful gift for teens, this workbook brings the wisdom and acceptance of a wise and loving grandparent together with the feeling of having a best friend who really understands. Building upon the Mindful Self-Compassion and Making Friends with Yourself curricula, Karen provides teens with a path toward navigating the challenges of adolescence and developing an inner resource of wisdom and compassion. This workbook can change the course of teenagers' lives by providing the emotional resilience to get through challenges and pursue their dreams. Teens need never feel alone again."
--Michelle Becker, MA, licensed marriage and family therapist, compassion teacher, cofounder of MSC Teacher Training, and founder of the Compassion for Couples program
"As if everyday life isn't challenging enough, most teens add to their struggles by unnecessarily judging themselves when problems and challenges arise. By learning to treat themselves with the same kindness and compassion that they show to their friends and loved ones, teenagers can build confidence, reduce their stress and unhappiness, and face life's challenges with greater equanimity. Bluth's exceptionally engaging and accessible book should be required reading for all teens (and their parents)."
--Mark Leary, PhD, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, and author of The Curse of the Self
"This book offers powerful skills for facing the daily challenges of life as a modern teenager. The beauty of these skills is that they help us when we are feeling most alone, useless, and hopeless. It is a huge relief to know that there are some very simple, easy things that we can do to support ourselves when we are feeling crappy and unhappy. So, if you are a typical teenager and feel like this sometimes or often, open this book, and begin learning how to be compassionate with yourself."
--Amy Saltzman MD, author of A Still Quiet Place for Teens