Join date: Sep 7, 2018

About Stressed Teens and the MBSR-T Program

Stressed Teens is a business that began in 2004 and disseminates the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) (Biegel, 2009a, 2009b, 2014, 2017) in varying forms. MBSR-T is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for adults (Kabat-Zinn, 1982, 1990, 2013). Like MBSR, MBSR-T is based on secular adaptations of mindfulness practices with roots in Eastern meditation traditions (see Adapting MBSR for a Teen Group on p.5 in this guide). MBSR-T is also strongly influenced by mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2002, 2013). MBSR-T has strong foundations in developmental theory and considers the cognitive and attentional abilities of youth ages 13 to 18, as well as the cultural life of today’s teenagers, for whom changes occur rapidly in how they form relationships and allocate their attention. Both formal and informal mindfulness practices are taught. The formal practices are similar to those in adult MBSR, but their duration is shortened to accommodate the attention span of adolescents. MBSR-T maintains the integrity of its foundations in psychology and mindfulness, while creating interventions pertinent to today’s 21st-century teen.

MBSR-T has been used and researched in a number of settings: in- and after-school, outpatient therapeutic settings, autistic spectrum disorder clinics, positive youth development programs, and pediatric hospitals (this is not an exhaustive list). It is appropriate for individual, family, and group settings (clinical or educational), and distribution of this curriculum continues to broaden. It can be used as a stand-alone program or as an adjunct to other forms of treatment and modalities. MBSR-T is not meant to replace a successful medication regimen or ongoing psychological treatment, although the skills learned may reduce the need for other treatments. The intention for MBSR-T is for teens to learn skills and tools that will help them function more adaptively and improve their quality of life.

Gina Biegel