Title The Mindful Schools Curriculum for Adolescents
Subtitle Tools for Developing Awareness
Author Oren Jay Sofer, Matthew Brensilver
ISBN 9780393713916
List price USD 34.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 240
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“An absolute must-read for every person teaching mindfulness to teens and young adults. Oren Jay Sofer and Matthew Brensilver have combined their many years of experience teaching mindfulness for adolescents and developing curriculum for Mindful Schools with their decades of personal mindfulness meditation practice to create a clear, engaging, very down-to-earthand step-by-step classroom approach. And as an extra bonus, each chapter offers the science background with citations for the reader who wants to know more.”

Christiane Wolf, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness


“Teaching mindfulness is an art; teaching mindfulness to adolescents is a rare art. In this thorough, well-researched, and creative curriculum, the authors offer innovative and timely tools for sharing the powerful practice of mindfulness with teens and adolescents. This book will serve well anyone who is seeking guidance on how to teach mindfulness to adolescents.”

Bonnie Duran, Ph.D., Professor, University of Washington School of Social work, Public Health, and Indigenous Wellness Research Institute


“This curriculum offers invaluable ways to address some of the biggest things that teens struggle with, including social media, bias, working with difficult emotions like anxiety, and gaining authenticity in relationships.”

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, author of The Way of Mindful Education, The Mindful Education Workbook and Alphabreaths


“This comprehensive and beautifully designed curriculum issure to become a classic in the field. It offers carefully crafted lessons with helpful examples, study and practice questions, and scientific evidence to back it up. I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to teach mindfulness to adolescents, although I have no doubt it would be relevant to teaching adults as well!”

Diana Winston, director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and author of The Little Book of Being


“The Mindful Schools Curriculum for Adolescents by Oren JaySofer and Matthew Brensilver is a timely and valuable contribution to the field of Mindfulness in Education. The curriculum does a wonderful job creating connection and making mindfulness relevant to the adolescent context. This resource is a must-have for anyone sharing mindfulness with teens!”

Meena Srinivasan, author of SEL Every Day: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms and Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom


Copublished with Mindful Schools

A flexible set of lessons tailored to the developmental needs of adolescents, based on research in behavioral science.

Arguably, no student population stands to gain more from mindfulness practice— with its power to enhance emotion regulation, attention stability, and self- awareness— than students between the ages of thirteen and twenty. In this comprehensive curriculum developed at Mindful Schools, Oren Jay Sofer and Matthew Brensilver provide twenty five brief (twenty- to- thirty- minute) lessons that supply a framework for mindfulness instruction that can be expanded or condensed according to the needs of students. Each lesson includes a “science supplement” with research findings relevant to the practice, and handouts summarizing key aspects of the lesson that can be distributed to students.




Guidelines for Secular Teaching of Mindfulness
What is Mindfulness?

Working with Adolescents

Transitional Activities

Lesson 1.1. Intro to Mindfulness: Mind Power

Lesson 1.2. Intro to Mindfulness: A User Manual for the Mind

Lesson 1.3. Intro to Mindfulness: Stress and Well-Being

Lesson 2. Our Bendable Brains: Mindfulness of Sound

Lesson 3. Getting (back) Online: Mindfulness of Breathing

Lesson 4. Impulses and Patience

Lesson 5. Soaking in the Good: A Heartfulness Lesson

Lesson 6. Mindfulness of Emotions

Lesson 7. Changing the Channel: Heartfulness Practice

Lesson 8. Being at Home in Our Bodies: Body Scan

Lesson 9. The Movie in Your Mind: Mindfulness of Thinking

Lesson 10. Grooves in the Mind: Heartfulness for Oneself

Lesson 11. Ending the War Within: Equanimity

Lesson 12. Handling Overwhelm: The “Freak Out Formula”

Lesson 13. Difficult Emotions: Anger

Lesson 14. Happiness: Gratitude and Generosity

Lesson 15. Mindful Communication and Empathy

Lesson 16. Mindful Eating

Lesson 17. Mindful Walking

Lesson 18. Seeing with Fresh Eyes: Mindfulness and Implicit Bias

Extra Lesson 19. Owning Your Attention: Mindfulness and Technology

Extra Lesson 20. Taking Off the Mask: Mindfulness and Authenticity

Extra Lesson 21. A Day of Heartfulness

Extra Lesson 22. Forgiving Others

Extra Lesson 23. Acting Out the Mind

Extra Lesson 24. Getting Buy-In

Extra Lesson 25. Mindfulness for Tests



About the Authors:

Oren Jay Sofer leads retreats and workshops on meditation and communication throughout the United States. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma.

Matthew Brensilver, MSW, PhD, is a member of the Teachers Council and Guiding Teachers Executive Committee at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He previously served as Program Director for Mindful Schools and for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center about the intersections between mindfulness and mental health and teaches retreats nationally. Before committing to teaching meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and is interested in the unfolding dialogue between meditation and science.

Target Audience:

This book will serve well anyone who is seeking guidance on how to teach mindfulness to adolescents.


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