Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (MSC-Teens)

(formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself)

Course Description

Our self-talk have a powerful impact on our perception and wellbeing. Negative self-talk and thoughts can lead to increased stress and unhappiness. The Mindful Self Compassion for Teens program (formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself) explores how our inner critical voice may contribute to this, and teaches strategies to decrease the volume of our inner critical voice and increase the volume of our compassionate voice.

Talking to ourselves in a more compassionate way leads to a more positive view and outlook of ourselves. The MSC Teens (MSC-T) program begins by creating a safe space in which participants explore how to treat themselves with the same compassion they would give to a good friend. Topics include:

  1. Why self-compassion is more reliable than self-esteem,
  2. Role of the inner critical voice (or inner critic),
  3. Finding our compassionate voice,
  4. Identifying our core values, and how we can treat ourselves compassionately even when we don’t meet our own standards.

We explore these and other topics through exercises, videos, discussions, meditations, and movement practices. The program closes with a look at the power of gratitude.


Lea F. Christo, MSW, LICSW
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies @ Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Marina Barnes, Self-Compassion Coach
SPED Educator @ Eagle Harbor High School, Bainbridge Island, WA


  • Dates: March 1st to March 25th
  • Meets twice a week on:
  • Wednesdays from 4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST to 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST AND
  • Saturday’s from 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST to 11:30am PST / 2:30pm EST

Investment: $350 / teen

Signing Up: Please connect with Marina at [email protected]. You can also fill out this informational form and we will be in touch.

Here is how one teen discovered self-compassion on her own and how “This is the gift that keeps on giving.” Malavika Eby.