What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)?
MBSR-T is an eight-week program designed to teach teens practical skills to reduce stress and enhance their quality of life. MBSR-T was adapted for adolescents by Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT, from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s highly-successful adult MBSR program (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). MBSR-T is designed for teens experiencing stress in the context of a medical illness, mental health difficulties and/or significant stressors at school, at home, in relationships, and in other areas.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a word that people hear a lot these days. Mindfulness basically means paying attention on purpose and non-judgmentally to whatever is happening in the present moment. It’s something we all have the ability to do and learn. And like learning almost anything new – a sport, a musical instrument, a foreign language – it takes practice.
What are the Benefits of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Teens Program?
As we become more skilled at being in the present moment, non-judgmentally, we learn powerful new ways of relating to stressful situations.. With practice, we can learn how to respond to these challenges in new ways, reducing stress help helping to make our lives life more meaningful and satisfying.
Who is MBSR-T for?
The program is open to teenagers ages 14-19 (no exceptions) who are having difficulty managing stress in any aspect of their lives. This includes teens living with medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, or chronic pain/fatigue), mental health conditions (such as depression or anxiety), or stress related to school, home, relationships, or other parts of their life.
Dates for upcoming MBSR-T sessions have not yet been chosen. Please check this site periodically, as new dates for 2017 will be posted as soon as they are determined.
What will Participants Learn?
MBSR-T participants will learn practical skills to reduce stress and develop their own individualized mindfulness toolkit to use in their daily lives, including:
- The body scan - paying attention to physical sensations from head to toe
- Mindfulness meditation - paying attention to the breath, sounds, sensations, thoughts and feelings
- Mindful eating
- Mindful conversation
- Mindfulness “first aid” - tools to use in particularly stressful or difficult situations
How to Enroll:
There are 5-steps to enroll in the MBSR-T Program:
- Register on the Website: Click on the button that says “register.”
- Insurance Verification: Once you have registered, a staff person will call to verify your insurance coverage and to schedule an intake interview.
- Pre-Appointment Questionnaire: A confidential questionnaire will be faxed/emailed to you, to be completed and returned to our department one week prior to the intake appointment.
- Intake Appointments (45-minutes): Will be conducted at the MedStar Georgetown Psychiatry Outpatient Department at 2115 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite 200. A program instructor will meet with you to determine if the program is a good fit. (Please note: Parents must accompany teens ages 14-17 years of age and are welcome, but not required, for teens 18-19 years of age)
- Payment: MBSR-T is covered as a group therapy benefit by insurance plans accepted by the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Psychiatry. Interested applicants whose insurance is not accepted by the Department will have the option to pay for the program out of pocket.
Confirmation of Enrollment: The program will enroll a maximum of 16 adolescents. Participation will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on a wait list, and contacted when a slot opens up.
To register, please fill out the form below:
Parking for the MBSR-T class is available in our building garage, which is located at the end of Whitehaven Street, at a cost of $9.00 ($5 for the first hour and $9 for anything over one hour), payable by credit card only.
Missed session and withdrawal policy
Getting full benefit from this 8-week program depends on participation in the entire program. If you know in advance that you will need to miss 2 or more of the scheduled sessions (8 afternoon sessions or the retreat), we recommend waiting and taking the program at a later date. Regarding missed sessions, both for the initial visit, and for the 8 afternoon sessions and Sunday retreat, twenty-four (24) hour notice of cancellation is required. Otherwise, patients will be billed for the appointment/session. The missed appointment fee will be equivalent to the charge for the missed service. Please note, insurance does not cover the charge for missed appointments. appointments.
Paul Jones, MD, MAT: MBSR-T course Co-Director. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, specializing in treating children and families living with chronic medical illness. Dr. Jones, who has been practicing meditation since 1993, was trained to teach the adult Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program through the University of Massachusetts, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society. He has trained with Drs. Zindel Segal and Susan Woods to teach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression. Dr. Jones is a graduate of the 2-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI) and of the 8-month Sacred Journey Program, both sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW).
Blair Farr, MD: MBSR-T course Co-Director. She is an attending Pediatrician at Georgetown Pediatrics providing general pediatric care to children and adolescents with an added focus on those with chronic illnesses. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Georgetown as well. She has a special interest in mental health and mindfulness and received her initial training in MBSR at the Jefferson Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is currently undergoing certification to become a mindfulness and yoga instructor through Little Flower Yoga based in NYC.
For More Information
For any additional questions regarding how to register for and apply to the program, please contact the department at 202-944-5400 or at [email protected].
For questions about the contents of the program or whether it's appropriate for you or your teenager, please email Dr. Paul Jones at ([email protected]) or call Dr. Blair Farr at 202-930-4771.