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Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens in Schools

A 16-Session Social and Emotional Skills Curriculum for Middle and High School Students

Karen Bluth, PhD
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Jun 25, 2024
PESI Publishing
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Students can’t learn when they’re consumed by stressful emotions.

Teachers see it every day: unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem that follow teens into the classroom, preoccupying their minds and preventing them from learning.

Dr. Karen Bluth, a classroom educator for over 20 years, knows this reality all too well. Now a leading researcher on self-compassion for teens, Dr. Bluth has combined her expertise from both worlds to create Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens in Schools, an evidence-based, 16-session curriculum that helps students find relief from the inner mental chatter that stifles learning, growth, and creativity.

Whether you’re a teacher, counselor, instructional aide, administrator, or any other type of educator working with teens, this book is your go-to SEL guide. Featuring ready-to-use lesson plans, teaching tips, mini-sessions, and handouts, this guide aims to help students:


  • Be kinder and more supportive to themselves
  • Quiet their minds and re-center themselves
  • Work through difficult emotions like anger, sadness, and anxiety
  • Break free from the social media comparison trap
  • Rein in impulsivity or distractibility to focus on the task at hand
  • Overcome perfectionistic tendencies, rumination, and “over-analysis paralysis”




Karen Bluth, PhD's Profile

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Dr. Karen Bluth received her PhD in Child and Family Studies in 2012 from The University of Tennessee, and is assistant professor in the Program on Integrative Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth. She has been called “the world’s leading researcher on the impact of self-compassion and teens” by self-compassion pioneer Dr. Kristin Neff, and has developed a self-compassion curriculum with Lorraine Hobbs entitled Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens. Dr. Bluth trains teachers internationally in this program. She was awarded a prestigious NIH T-32 post-doctoral research fellowship, along with a grant from the Mind and Life Foundation, which provided funding for ground-breaking research on the role of self-compassion in well-being for teens. With funding from the John Rex Foundation and NIH, she and her colleagues have begun to explore the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion in at-risk teen populations, including those at risk for depression. Further, Dr. Bluth is an associate editor of the academic journal Mindfulness, the author of the book “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens:  Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are” (New Harbinger Publishers) and a contributing author of the books “Project You: More than 50 Ways to Calm Down, De-Stress, and Feel Great”, “Happiness Hacks: How to Find Energy and Inspiration”, “Me Time: How to Manage a Busy Life”, and “Stress Less: How to Achieve Inner Calm and Relaxation” (Capstone Publishers). Her research has been featured numerous times in Mindful magazine, on the Greater Good Science Center website, and through NICBM. As a mindfulness practitioner for almost 40 years, a mindfulness teacher, and a lifelong educator with 18 years of classroom experience, Dr. Bluth is frequently invited to give talks, conduct workshops, train teachers, and teach classes in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational and community settings internationally.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Karen Bluth is an instructor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is an author for New Harbinger Publications and receives royalties. Dr. Bluth receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Karen Bluth is a member of the National Council on Family Relations.


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