CALM – Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness is an 8-week program for tweens (11-14 years old) and teenagers (14-18 years old) co-created by Stefanie Goldstein, Ph.D. and Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. The program is inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s extensively researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and includes social-emotional skills to help adolescents navigate life more calmly and effectively.
CALM teaches teens how to successfully deal with change, stress, disappointments, and overwhelming emotions. This program gives teens the ability to learn how to slow down, make more thoughtful decisions, and live in the present without their lens of judgment.
In this class teens will learn to:
- Handle life situations with less emotional reactivity
- Strengthen their ability to pay attention and focus
- Learn effective strategies for making wiser decisions
- Express themselves and communicate more effectively
- Increase compassion for themselves and others
About the Instructors:
Stefanie Goldstein, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who began her meditation and mindfulness practice at Wat Suan Mokkh, an International Dharma Hermitage, in Thailand in 2000. Since that time she has been committed to her own personal practice of meditation and yoga. Stefanie is in Private Practice in West LA and works with Adults, Adolescents, Couples and Families and is committed to integrating Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. She is an MBSR teacher and studied under the direction of Trudy Goodman and Christiane Wolf. She is also the co-creator and teacher of the CALM – Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness program at InsightLA.
Stefanie lives in Santa Monica with her husband, two boys, two cats and a dog. In her free time she likes to hang out at the beach (or anywhere in nature), do yoga, and be with her family and friends.
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., is the author of “The Now Effect: How this Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life” and coauthor of “A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workbook.” His is also author of the the “Mindful Solutions” audio series and the Mindfulness at Work™ program that is currently being taught in many multinational corporations. He is the founder of the “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy” column on Psychcentral.com and a frequent contributor on the Huffington Post and Mentalhelp.net. He has also given workshops, radio interviews, and lectures in multiple settings on the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness including the Psychotherapy Networker, FACES conference, the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy conference at UCLA headlining Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Dan Siegel, and Trudy Goodman, among others. He lives in Santa Monica, CA, and has a private practice is West Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Fong is an active meditator and clinical practitioner, who received her MSW from Columbia University in 1999. Since then, she has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families who present with issues of depression, anxiety, self-identity, loss, phase of life challenges, and family relationship problems. Her interest in Mindfulness began by attending a workshop in 1999 led by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Since that time, she has been dedicated to the philosophy of Mindfulness. She feels blessed to have found InsightLA, and to have been taught by Trudy Goodman and Christiane Wolf. She is currently an MBSR teacher, and uses the healing and transformative principles of Mindfulness as the foundation of her clinical practice.
She considers her three children, (ages 7, 10, and 12) to be her greatest teachers, and meditates with them regularly. Living and breathing with the joys and challenges of raising children (and tweens) are the richest, most treasured part of her daily experience.
Here are some helpful audio meditations to listen to. Feel free to download them or stream them from this page.
Meditations with Stefanie Goldstein:
- Body Scan with Stefanie
- 10 Minute Mindfulness of Breath
- 10 Minute Lovingkindness Meditation
- STOP Meditation
Meditations with Elisha Goldstein:
Meditations with Elizabeth Fong: