About the course

Stressed & Anxious Teens

This course is designed to teach young people aged 12 to 18 years old (and their parents) how to manage feelings of stress, anxiety, worry or low mood and build confidence to navigate common adolescent experiences. 

What you will learn

Through this course, your teenager (and you) will how to relate differently to difficult thoughts and emotions.  You will learn about the mind and it's reactivity to stressful events leading to anxiety, stress or low mood. You will learn to train the mind to relate differently to difficult emotions and thoughts through cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and compassion.

This course may be suitable for young people and their parents who:

  • Are struggling to manage feelings of stress, anxiety, worry or low mood.
  • Would like help to build the skills and confidence to navigate common adolescent experiences. 
  • Are currently between 12 and 18 years old.
  • Feel sad a lot and don't seem to enjoy the things they used to enjoy.
  • Are worried about a lot of different things and the worry is hard to control.
  • Are stuck in the way they feel and would love some help to get out of this cycle.
  • Are ready and willing to learn new skills to change the way they feel.


This course will help teenagers to: 

  • Understand how their mind works. 
  • Relate differently to their experience. 
  • See their reactivity and learn to interrupt this pattern. 
  • Build skills in soothing their anxiety or low mood. 
  • Build confidence in connecting with their authentic self. 
  • Love, accept and appreciate themselves. 


This course will help parents to:

  • Relate better to their adolescent's experience by bringing awareness to their own as you work through the same exercises.
  • Release their expectations and meet their teenager as they are, thus reducing tension or resistance in their relationship. 
  • Find opportunities to nourish connection, responsibility and freedom with their teenager. 


What’s included:

Daily bite-sized lessons that teach core coping skills 10 minutes a day followed by a 10-minute practice. This learning builds a layered approach supporting your teen to learn about their brain and how to support its growth and development.

Daily exercises which are designed to help integrate new skills and support your teen in dealing with everyday challenges and triggers.

Progress Tracking – questionnaires to help monitor your wellbeing and progress.

Weekly parents lesson to support parents in relating to their teenager and offer additional guidance.

Building Healthy Habits of Mind

Habits are built over 21-days so this programme will help teens to develop healthy habits of the mind. Parents can take this course with their teen or in parallel, something to discuss at the dinner table. It can be used is at a launch into sharing your own experience of the practice, not an interrogation of theirs. 

Backed by Science

This course has been adapted from evidence-based approaches to anxiety and depression in adults to be more suitable for young people aged 12-18 years, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Adolescent Development Theory, Neuroscience and Psychology. MBSR, MBCT and CBT have been extensively researched and evaluated in RCTs and effectiveness studies.

No-Risk - My Promise

When you and your teenager turn up every day and put in the work, you will build up new neural pathways that help change how you both relate to the present moment. This course will help you both to train your mind to let go of negative thought trains and help you consciously choose where you want to focus your attention. If you do the work and find it's not working for you, you can request a refund. 

So, the question is are you ready to bring more presence, joy and peace into their relationship with your teenager?

WHY CHOOSE THIS Course with Sue...

Sue has been involved in designing, delivering and evaluating courses that support professionals to work with children, adolescents and families for the past 15 years. She has developed trusted programmes for the Health Service Executive - Ireland, Tusla – Ireland, Department of Education – Ireland,  Youth Organisations – Ireland and Internationally.
  

Sue has worked with children and adolescents since 2005, she takes a child-centred, needs-led and outcomes-focused approach to the programmes she develops to ensure they best meet the needs of users and are informed by best available evidence.
  

Sue is taking this wealth of knowledge from developing programmes across child and adolescent development to meet children and young people’s needs directly in their homes with ease of access and affordability. Creating connected conversations on things that matter within families.

Sue Redmond, PhD has a professional background in science, youth and community work and health promotion and sociology. She holds a PhD in Youth leadership, resilience and social support. She is a teacher of MBSR, MBCT and MBCL and is qualified in teaching CBT for young people. She is a transformational coach who works with adolescents and adults.

 

Course curriculum

  • 04
  • 05

    Limbic System and Emotions

    • Day 4 Limbic System and Emotions

    • Meditation on Emotions

  • 06

    The Neocortex and Thoughts

    • Day 5 Neocortex and thoughts

    • Meditation on Thoughts

  • 07

    Spotlight on Stress

    • Day 6: Spotlight on Stress

    • Body Scan

  • 08

    Implementation and Review Day

    • Day 7: Implementation and Review Day

  • 09

    Brain Development & Labelling Emotions

    • Day 8: The Brain Development & Emotions

    • 3 Step Breathing Space

    • Parents Lesson Week 2

  • 10

    Three Emotional Systems

    • Day 9: Three Emotional Systems

    • Gratitude Practice

  • 11

    Kindness to the Changing Body

    • Day 10: Kindness to the Changing Body

    • Kindness & Compassion for the Body

  • 12

    Being with Pleasant Experiences

    • Day 11: Being with Pleasant Experiences

    • Gratitude Journal

    • Breath Awareness

  • 13

    Being with Unpleasant Experiences

    • Day 12: Being with Unpleasant Experiences

    • Mindful Walking

    • Being with Unpleasant Experiences

  • 14

    The Inner Bully

    • Day 13: The Inner Bully

    • Meditation on Thoughts

    • Practices for the Inner Bully

  • 15

    Mini-Retreat day

    • Day 14: Mini-Retreat Day

  • 16

    The Inner Helper

    • Day 15: The Inner Helper

    • Compassionate Companion

    • Practices for Inner Helper

    • Parents Lesson Week 3

  • 17

    Exploring Compassion

    • Day 16: What is Compassion?

    • A Safe Place

    • Self-Compassion Mantra

  • 18

    Understanding Core Beliefs & Influence on Thoughts

    • Day 17: Understanding Core Beliefs & Influence on Thoughts

    • Core Beliefs

    • Creative Activity - Who Am I?

    • Breath Awareness

  • 19

    Compassionately Being with Desire

    • Day 18: Compassionately Being with Desire

    • Meditation - Compassionately Being with Desire

  • 20

    Exploring Cognitive Distortions

    • Day 19: Exploring Cognitive Distortions

    • Meditation on Thoughts

    • Connect with Your Emotions

  • 21

    Untwisting Thinking

    • Day 20: Untwisting Thinking

    • Write a Letter of Love to Yourself

    • Installing New Empowering Beliefs

  • 22

    Implementation & Mini-Retreat Day

    • Day 21: Implementation & Mini-Retreat Day

  • 23

    Compassionately Being with Resistance

    • Day 22: Compassionately Being with Resistance

    • Practice of Compassionately Being with Resistance

    • Parents Lesson Week 4

  • 24

    Forgiveness or Letting go of Hurt

    • Day 23: Forgiveness or Letting go of Hurt

    • RAIN on Forgiveness Practice

    • Practising Forgiveness & Letting of Hurt

  • 25

    Spotlight on Anxiety

    • Day 24: Spotlight on Anxiety

    • Body Scan

    • Explore Anxiety

  • 26

    Spotlight on Sadness, Low Mood and Depression

    • Day 25: Spotlight on Sadness, Low Mood & Depression

    • Kindness to the body

  • 27

    Spotlight on Anger

    • Day 26: Spotlight on Anger

    • Mountain Meditation

  • 28

    My Committee of Helpers

    • Day 27: My Committee of Helpers

    • Committee of Helpers Meditation

  • 29

    Final Retreat Day

    • Day 28: Final Retreat Day

    • Kindness & Compassion for the Body

    • Kindness Poem

    • Beyond Endings

    • Loving Kindness Meditation

    • End of Course Survey

Ready for more peace, love & happiness?

It is POSSIBLE when you learn to build new daily habits of conscious attention that CHANGE out-dated patterns of behaviour.