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Self-Compassion for Teens: Immediate and Actionable Strategies to Increase Happiness and Resilience

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Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D.
6 Hours 07 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jan 24, 2018
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  • Based on the powerful and robust work of Kristin Neff, PhD, Self-Compassion Researcher
  • Interpersonal neurobiology of self-compassion and effects on developing adolescent brain
  • Specialized self-compassion activities and assessment tools for LGBTQ teens
  • The Self-Compassion Training Protocol for Traumatized Teens to improve trauma recovery outcomes

Are you frustrated with the epidemic of teens suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD and trauma? Wish you had some non-medical approaches teens can use to build inner strength while promoting healing? Self-compassion for teens will offer you immediate and actionable ways to train teens with self-compassion to reduce suffering and increase happiness.

Join Dr. Lee-Anne Gray, a clinical and forensic psychologist, in this highly interactive and experiential seminar, and receive her activities, tips, and practice sheets to guide teens in cultivating self-compassion. Topics addressed include:

  • School challenges
  • Academic pressure
  • Executive functioning
  • Failure and procrastination
  • Anxiety and depression
  • ADHD
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ identity development

The techniques you will learn to cultivate self-compassion in teens are short and easy to apply teachings and activities that promote adolescents’ academic success and social emotional wellness.

Self-compassion techniques will:

  • Cultivate fortitude in the face of suffering
  • Increase positivity
  • Lead others to be happy
  • Create a framework for holding positive and negative feelings in mind at once
  • Promote attention and concentration

You’ll leave this seminar with activities, meditations, and practices that heal trauma, widen emotional capacity, promote healthy sexual and gender identity development, improve executive functioning, and increase overall happiness.



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D. Related seminars and products

Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, educator, and author. She is certified in EMDR, a trauma treatment, as well as a national speaker in self-compassion, mindful awareness, LGBTQ youth, assessment, special education, and gifted individuals.

As the president and CEO of The Connect Group, she serves the global educational community with innovative professional development seminars in empathy, compassion cultivation, Design Thinking, and transformational coaching.

Formerly an instructor of Psychology of Gender in the Department of Psychology/Women’s Studies at UCLA, Dr. Gray has served the LGBTQ community as an ally and through her private practice. She was also forensic expert and independent consultant to the Orange County Public Defender where she evaluated LGBTQ youth in juvenile hall.

Dr. Gray’s latest book, Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities and Practices to Cultivate Kindness (PESI, 2016)is the first of its kind; a collection drawn from her work with teens at The Connect Group. Self-Compassion for Teens is enthusiastically endorsed by Tara Brach, Christopher Germer, Kelly McGonigal, among others. It was the #1 new release on Amazon, in Child Popular Psychology and Emotional Mental Health, and contains a whole chapter focusing on the unique needs of LGBTQ youth.  She is also the author of LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (PESI, 2018) and the Self-Compassion & Mindfulness for Teens Card Deck: 54 Exercises and Conversation Starters (PESI, 2017).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lee-Anne Gray is the President and CEO of The Connect Group and co-founder of The Connect Group School.  She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties.  Dr. Gray receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.  She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lee-Anne Gray writes a blog on Educational Trauma for the Huffington Post.  


  1. Differentiate between self-compassion, self-empathy, self-esteem and self-criticism.
  2. Summarize the interpersonal neurobiology of self-compassion for teens, and its effects on the developing brain.
  3. Formulate treatment plans, parenting approaches, and behavior plans that heal with self-compassion for teen.
  4. Employ assessment tools, activities, and self-reflective practices to promote healthy sexual and gender identity development in LGBTQ teens.
  5. Contrast existing medical and non-medical approaches to depression, anxiety, ADHD, and school problems with self-compassion practices for teens.
  6. Design self-compassion strategies to reduce decompensation, dissociation, and increase recovery in traumatized teens.


  • Self-Compassion
    • Cultivating mindful awareness, self-kindness, and shared humanity
    • Developmental considerations of training teens in self-compassion
    • Activity: Loving kindness practice
    • Activity: Just like me practice
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology of Self-Compassion and Teens
    • The developing teen brain
    • Self-healing properties
    • Activity: How is my amygdala today?
  • Self-Compassion Strategies for...
  • Depression and Anxiety
    • Increasing resilience, happiness and coping
    • Reduce sadness, worry, doubt and fear
    • Negative thinking, self-criticism, and lack of motivation
    • Activity: Move in and out of the default network
    • Activity: Powerful pranayamas
  • ADHD
    • Minimize ADHD symptoms, and improve executive functioning
    • The role of the body in hyperactivity and thinking problems
    • Non-medical approaches
    • Activity: Nutrition/activity/concentration log
    • Activity: Watching thoughts
  • Trauma
    • Minimize risks of decompensation and dissociation
    • Self-kindness and honoring vulnerability
    • Role of shame in treating trauma
    • Intersectionality and self-compassion for teens
    • The spectrum of genders
    • The spectrum of sexualities
    • Self-compassion for collective traumatization
  • School Challenges
    • Stress, academic failure, college competition, parental demands, and not performing according to one’s potential
    • Executive functioning difficulties
    • The role of creativity
    • Activity: Creativity and self-compassion – a guided practice for accessing “flow”

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Educators, Marriage and Family Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 1


Charlotte R

"Thank you! I hope to see Dr. Gray presenting other topics - as her knowledge is extensive."

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