A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents

A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents

by Sam Himelstein


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A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working With High-Risk Adolescents is an accessible introduction to a new model of therapy that combines the Buddhist concept of mindfulness with modern trends in psychotherapy. Drawing on years of experience working with at-risk adolescents, the chapters explore ways to develop authentic connections with patients: building relationships, working with resistance, and ways to approach change using mindfulness-based techniques. Real-life interactions and illustrations are used to show how a mindfulness-oriented therapist can approach working with adolescents in individual and group settings, and the book also provides practical suggestions designed for immediate implementation. A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working With High-Risk Adolescents is a must for any mental health professional interested in using mindfulness and other contemplative practices with at-risk youth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415642453
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/12/2013
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sam Himelstein, PhD, is associate core faculty at Sofia University, where he teaches graduate courses in research methodology and incorporating mindfulness into psychotherapy. He is also the research director of the Mind Body Awareness Project, where he initiates research projects regarding mindfulness and adolescents with other academic professionals. He is a licensed psychologist who works with high-risk adolescents in individual, group, and family therapy. In addition, Himelstein is the executive director of Engaging the Moment, a continuing education business that trains clinicians in how to approach adolescents with mindfulness and other contemplative practices.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Context 1. A Mindfulness Model of Therapy 2. Building an Authentic Relationship 3. Working With Resistance 4. The Paradox of Change Part II: Content 5. Worldview and Spirituality 6. Core Themes Part III: Skills 7. Group Facilitation 8. Eliciting the Actual 9. Teaching Mindfulness to High-Risk Adolescents Conclusion Appendix A. Mindfulness and Meditation Exercises Appendix B. Training Resources for Mental Health Professionals References

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