Making Friends with Yourself Training Program (MFY) for Ages 11-13

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Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens - ONLINE

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Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) is a program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens ages 11-13. MFY teaches core principals and practice that enable the young person to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and compassion.

Adolescense is a time of change and growth. It is the period reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands of life increase for teens , this time is often fraught with confusion, anxiety or depression. For many teens these challenges led to disconnection.

In this course, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours a day, 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 resilence after taking the course.

Following in the footsteps of the adult MSC program, MFY is rooted in the three key components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful, balanced awareness. These elements serve to open the hearts of teens to their own suffering, so they can learn to give themselves what they truly need, recognize they are not alone in their suffering, and encourage an open-minded acceptance of the struggle they are facing.

Quotes from young people who completed our Spring MFY ONLINE:

“I didn’t know about these practices and they really helped. I’ve been really happy lately.”

“my take away is being kind to myself and to saying good things to me too."

“Mindfulness and self-compassion equals living in the moment.”

“I’m learning to love myself more.”

“My take aways …soothing touch, tracing your palm… I can change how I feel and think and saying words to yourself that you might say to a friend.”

“Really liked the Compassionate Friend practice…learned a lot … also knowing I am able to go to a safe place.”

MFY Teachers:

Eileen Beltzner

Originally trained as a Special Care Counsellor at Vanier College in Montreal, Eileen worked for several years as a Parent-Infant Therapist with infants and children with special needs. She is one of the authors of a published research paper: "Reducing Stress in First-Time Mothers" which eventually led to publishing her first book, The Handbook for First-Time Parents. Eileen later became the President of Postpartum Support International (PSI), an international organization dedicated to helping families suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety and distress. Eileen returned to school to pursue additional studies, graduating with a BA from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. Eileen then worked as a Child and Family Therapist for several years and has had clinical experience in community and private practice settings working with families and teens .She later worked for several years at a major hospital in a staff wellness program with Health Care Professionals experiencing symptoms of compassion fatigue. Eileen is recognized by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine as a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and a Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) teacher and is currently on the faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, Canada where she teaches MSC programs in person and online. Her most recent book, for parents with children 7-12 years of age is “How to Tame the Tumbles the Mindful Self-Compassionate Way” (2019). Through story, Eileen introduces parents and children to “child-sized” Mindful Self-Compassion concepts and practices. She was very happy to find her book on Dr. Kristin Neff’s recommended reading list. Eileen's passions include music, kayaking, learning, teaching and having lots of fun with her 5-year old grandson. Eileen's webite is https://selfcompassionsolutions.com/msc-for-teens-making-friends-with-yourself-mfy/

Macy Ratliff

Macy Lawrence Ratliff received her master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Washington as well as a Master’s in Child and Adolescent Psychology: Prevention and Treatment from the University of Washington. She received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Psychology and Elementary Education. She currently works as a therapist for youth with high anxiety and OCD. Previous work experiences included work as pediatric rehab audiologist in a variety of settings. She has taught mindfulness self-compassion for at risk youth in rural Washington state as well as online recently during the corona virus pandemic. She also was the primary instructor for the mindfulness portion of a Parent-Child Mindfulness Based Training study. She is certified in several mindfulness programs including “Mindful Schools” and Amy Saltzman’s “A Still Quiet Place” and “Making Friends with Yourself: self-compassion for youth. Macy is also certified in children’s yoga (Registered Yoga Training). She has many years of experience creating mindfulness and yoga programs for students spanning preschool through high school throughout the greater Seattle and Chapel Hill areas. In addition to her passion for her work with children, Macy loves to travel and be outdoors. Her passions include swimming, kayaking, cross country skiing and paddle boarding. Macy's website is https://www.macyratliffyoga.com

Registration Process : Registration on this site should be done in the parent's name. Once registration and payment has been received we will send you a form to fill out to let us know more about your young person and to set up a time for an interview to go over the information you have filled in and to answer any questions you may have.

The purpose of the interview is to make sure that MFY is a good fit for your young person at this time. If MFY is deemed to not be appropriate, the course fee will be returned.

Program Cost: $460 CDN

The cost for the full program includes google classroom materials and audio files. There is an additional processing fee for registration through this site. In some cases, an insurance receipt can be issued.

Program Schedule

MFY Session: 4pm - 6pm EDT June 30, July 2,7,9,14,16,21,23.

Additional Information

For further background information on this program including the research overview and related publications, please go to https://selfcompassionsolutions.com/msc-for-teens-making-friends-with-yourself-mfy/

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