ODW Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens with Gina Biegel

ODW Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens with Gina Biegel



This 6-hour on-demand webinar led by Gina Biegel, LMFT, was originally broadcast live on February 8-9, 2024. All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

Already registered? Access the Participant Page here.


In today’s fast-paced world, stress affects teens from all walks of life. It’s a universal challenge that transcends race, gender, and socioeconomic status, impacting 1 in 5 adolescents with serious mental health issues.

Recognizing this widespread concern, we invite you to explore a transformative solution. Join Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, the visionary behind the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) program, in an immersive 2-day workshop. Gain invaluable insights into evidence-based intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioural techniques tailored for today’s youth.

MBSR-T stands as a proven therapeutic approach, applicable in both clinical and non-clinical settings. This comprehensive course equips you with the knowledge and skills to seamlessly integrate this cutting-edge methodology into your practice, providing a diverse array of therapeutic tools.

Unlock the potential of mindfulness-based stress reduction to guide teens away from impulsive, thoughtless reactions toward mindful responses. These mindfulness skills serve as a stabilizing force, offering teens an anchor in the storm of emotional dysregulation, stress, anxiety, and depression. Help them not just survive but truly live in our increasingly media-driven, technologically infused world.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction empowers teens to:

  • Transition from reactivity to thoughtful responding.
  • Shift from feeling powerless to cultivating a sense of agency and control.
  • Enhance perception and appraisal of stressful situations.
  • Reduce harmful negative judgments.
  • Foster positive coping strategies while diminishing self-harming thoughts and behaviours.
  • Cultivate and sustain an overall sense of health and well-being.

Embark on a journey to empower resilience and well-being in the lives of the teens you serve.

Learning Objectives

  • Breakdown the foundational principles of mindfulness-based stress reduction.
  • Construct the essential core components of the MBSR-T program.
  • Implement the curriculum in the MBSR-T program and be able to teach interventions from all of the 8-sessions.
  • Devise mindfulness techniques that increase teen’s present moment functioning and living.
  • Experiment with 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.
  • Make typical adult practices accessible to an adolescent population, developmentally and emotionally.
  • Apply positive coping skills instead of negative coping behaviours to manage stress and adversity.



Time Topics Covered
1:00-4:15 pm (includes 15-min break)



  • 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


  • 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 and positive neuroplasticity – effects on the teen brain


  • Model of MBSR-T awareness of intention, attention and attitude: 3 pillars of mindfulness
  • MBSR-T mechanisms of change
  • Understand and define mindfulness for teens
  • Personal goal-setting: letting-go and non-striving
  • Formal and informal mindfulness practices
  • Foundational formal practice – the body scan
  • Develop a mindfulness practice: using the 5 Ws

Time Topics Covered
1:00-4:15 pm (includes 15-min break)



  • Dropping-In practice: Body, breath and mind
  • Mindfulness and the 5 senses: spacious and directed awareness
  • 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 behaviours
  • Breathe mindfully: taking 10 breaths
  • Body scan practice
  • Sitting practice
  • Integrate mindfulness into teens daily routine and life
  • Learn to be with positive and negative emotions


  • 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 moments calendar
  • Decrease harmful 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 skills
  • 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


  • Manage life events and associated stressors
  • Mindful homework/test-taking
  • 10 Tips to minimize homework and test-taking stress
  • Mindful messaging and social media
  • Using MI-messages and the different communication styles
  • Mindful communication: listening and reflecting practices
  • 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 and setting intentions
  • Processing grief and loss

CE Information

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

Get details about CE credits for Canadian and non-US international participants.

Get details about CE credits for US participants.

Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

Who Should Attend?

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices