Last week we finished our Summer School Program on mindfulness and compassion interventions at the University of Amsterdam. A big thank you to great guest lecturers, incredible organization team, and especially to you all that joined us from around the world! I am very grateful to be a part of this beautiful adventure! Have a soft landing back home!
“The privilege of the lifetime is being who you are” Joseph Campbell
Adolescence is a time of change, growth and often, struggle. As a teen you might be confronted with various intense situations such as heartbreak, anxiety, peer pressure, bullying. So, how can you manage stress, silence your inner critic, and embrace who you really are?
Making friends with Yourself is a course designed to help you to cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of your daily life. It is an 8-week training program designed for people aged 13-19 to learn to manage difficult emotions through their everyday life. In this course you will learn practices through fun activities based on mindfulness and self-compassion that will help you to navigate through emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It’s a courageous attitude that allows us to embrace who we really are. And it’s easier than you think.
This 8 weeks program was adapted by Karen Bluth, PhD, and Lorraine Hobbs, M.A., from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion training (created by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD) and has been endorsed by its authors. Primary scientific studies demonstrate 32% of reduction in depression for teens who practice self-compassion.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:
- Practice self-compassion in daily life
- Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
- Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
- Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- Transform challenging relationships, old and new
- Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
What To Expect
Program activities include meditation, short talks, art and experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.
MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 1,5 hours each. In order to benefit the most from the program it is highly recommendable that participants plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion every day throughout the program.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MFY. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.
Maja Wrzesien has a PhD in clinical psychology, and she is a researcher in the field of emotion regulation, mindfulness and compassion at the University of Amsterdam. She is a certified mindfulness trainer and she is affiliated with UvA Minds You, an academic clinical center. Maja is also teacher in training of mindfulness self-compassion, and mindfulness self-compassion for teens programs.
Julia Biesters, MSc., works as a health care practitioner at UvA minds, academic treatment clinic for parents and children UvA minds and the academic training center UvA minds You. As a mindfulness trainer, she is experienced in working with children, teenagers and parents.
Registration (trainings only take place with sufficient sign-ups)
Numbers of sessions: 8 Time: 17.30 – 19.00 Dates: 31/05, 7/06, 14/06 , 21/06, 28/06, 5/07, 12/7, 19/7
Location: UvAminds You, Banstraat 29, 1071 JW Amsterdam
Number of participants: Minimum 5 and maximum 15 participants
As an academic director I am very happy to invite you to apply for the 3-week UvA Summer School: “Peaceful Mind: Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Interventions”. This summer programme provides an overview on the topic of emotion regulation and contemplative practices such as mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions, as a part of H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions founded project (Peaceful Mind: 656333).
For more details: uva.nl/summer-mindfulness or firstname.lastname@example.org
Net4Mobility (an international network of National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) selected Peaceful Mind project as the best success story for MSCA Individual Fellowship. They produced a video to demonstrate the impact of this great grant on my research career and showcase the project.
Below you can find the results of their nice work!
Today it has been 1 week since we started our new data collection in NEMO, and we already have 100 participants. This time we evaluate the effectiveness of different emotion regulation strategies on sadness with children between 9-14 years old.
Thank you to all the participants and NEMO Science Live for making our research alive, and to the great research team who is doing an awesome job!
Dr. Paul Ekman, best known for his research of nonverbal behavior such as gestures and facial expressions, together with his daughter Dr. Eve Ekman created an Atlas of Emotions: an online interactive emotion education tool. The idea of the project started after Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama conversed about the origins of emotions. Dalai Lama asked whether Dr. Ekman could create a map of the emotions, in order to provide a deeper understanding of our emotions.
The introductory page present the Atlas of Emotions as “a visual tool to build your emotion vocabulary. The goal is to increase choice in what we become emotional about and how we respond.” Have a look and learn a little bit more about yourself! I did.
Today it is our last day in NEMO. It was an exiting and intensive adventure! Our experiment was visited by 183 children and their parents. Many thanks to them!
Special thanks to the NEMO team, managed by Diana and Lucas, as well as Great Team of Students who made this data collection possible: Annebelle, Astrid, Laura, Maud, Renske, Yara. Ladies- you are the best!
We hope to see the results published by the end of this year, but you can always check on NEMO Science live website if there is some more news: https://www.sciencelive.nl/
We are coming back to NEMO in August 2017 for another 2 weeks to test some new hypothesis on emotion regulation in children. If you are a student and would like to join the adventure for a short internship just let me know!
The first experiment of the Peaceful Mind project is performed in NEMO Science Center (Amsterdam, Netherlands). You can read more about the project by clicking on the following link: http://www.sciencelive.nl/
From August 2016 we are doing Mindful Mornings open to everyone who would like to join before a busy work/study day: