Teacher Training for Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults (MFY)

Karen Bluth, Ph.D. & Lorraine Hobbs, MA

September 28 – October 5, 2018
ZPP Heidelberg, Center for Psychological Psychotherapy University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany


Tentative Schedule

Friday, September 28, 2018; Start: 4:00 pm
Full Days (Saturday – Thursday); Day Start: 9:00 am, Lunch Break: 12:30 – 2:30pm, Day End: 6:00 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018; Last session Ends: 12:00 pm

Workshop will be taught in English


1.480 € (not including room and board)

Participant Requirements:

  • Completed the 5-day or 8-wk Mindful Self-Compassion Course
  • Experience working with adolescents in a clinical or educational setting
  • A personal mindful & self-compassionate practice.

Making Friends With Yourself (MFY)

MFY is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens. MFY teaches core principles and practices that enable teens to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and self-compassion.

The MFY Teacher Training is an intensive, 7-day program facilitated by the creators of the program, Lorraine Hobbs, MA and Karen Bluth, PhD. The training is built around the eight weekly classes, followed by small group activities designed to give attendees opportunities to practice teaching, guiding and facilitating discussion of that session with the close consultation of the teacher trainers. In addition, the training includes short talks, art activities and group exercises. An essential part of the training  also includes instruction for parents on important changes in adolescent development  during this period of life and ways in which parents can support their teen throughout the program.  This training will  help to prepare teachers-in-training to work with initial anxiety and resistance in teens prior to the commencement of the program as well as ways to encourage responsibility for their participation.  Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach MFY.  This 7-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MFY program in an educational, clinical, or community setting.    Upon completion of the MFY Teacher Training, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance stating that he or she has attended the MFY TT in its entirety and can begin to teach MFY as a Teacher Trainee.

Training Objectives

At the completion of the MFY Teacher Training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the core themes and practices presented in each of the eight sessions of MFY
  • Understand the rationale for the modifications made from the adult MSC program
  • Describe different ways of involving parents so that they can appropriately engage and support their teens in their practice
  • Identify obstacles for teens to learning mindful self-compassion practice and strategies for overcoming these obstacles
  • Deepen one’s understanding of key elements in teaching mindfulness and self-compassion practice to teens

Recommended Reading

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel, M.D.
The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Dzung Vo
The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are by Karen Bluth, PhD


Zentrum für Psychologische Psychotherapie der Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Seminarzentrum (3. Stock)
Adenauerplatz 6
69115 Heidelberg


The workshop is certified by ZPP Heidelberg (56 UE) and Landespsychotherapeutenkammer Baden-Württemberg.
For international certification please visit the web site of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the web site of UCSD Center for Mindful Self-Compassion: Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.


To register, please contact: Dr. Miriam Gschwendt: miriam.gschwendt@zpp.uni-hd.de


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