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Applied Mindfulness

Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

Edited by Victor G. Carrión, M.D., and John Rettger, Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-212-6
  • Item #37212
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Applied Mindfulness: Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents starts from the premise that mental health clinicians must have their own mindfulness practice before teaching the tenets and techniques of mindfulness to others, including young people. To that end, the book offers readers clear instructions on how to first practice mindfulness in their own lives and then extend their personal practice outward to others. Once this knowledge is internalized, the clinician can focus on mindfulness in terms of its application to specific clinical diagnoses, such as anxiety and depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and substance abuse. Because many mental health professionals work in multiple settings, such as in schools, in clinics, and online, the contributors, representing a wide range of creative and authoritative voices, explain how to skillfully tailor mindfulness interventions for effective application across diverse contexts. Drs. Carrion and Rettger, as Director of the Stanford Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program (SELSPAP) and Director of SELSPAP's Mindfulness Program, respectively, have been engaged in ongoing community-based work delivering mindfulness and yoga programming to underserved youth and their helpers. This expertise is evident in their eloquent yet down-to-earth editing.
The volume offers clinicians everything they need to begin their mindfulness journey, including the following:

  • Introductory knowledge on how to get started with a meditation practice. Specific mindfulness scripts are provided throughout the book to foster development of the reader's own practice. In addition, there are audio practices and clear written descriptions of practices to offer support for those learning to meditate, internalize mindfulness practices, and then adapt these skills for clinical practice.
  • A developmental and ecological approach to implementing mindfulness. The book offers insight into integrating mindfulness across many settings, platforms, and applications, and includes chapters on mindfulness online, at home, and in school, as well as chapters on incorporating nature into mindfulness practice and the relationship between mindfulness and creativity.
  • Material on specific clinical populations, including immigrant youth and incarcerated youth. A special chapter is devoted to trauma-informed yoga, which has been shown to be an effective therapeutic intervention for youth who have been incarcerated.
  • Comprehensive information on the current state of youth mindfulness research, which prepares readers to discuss these topics knowledgeably with colleagues and patients.

Like ripples in water, the benefits of mindfulness spread outward, from clinicians to patients, families, schools, and communities. Applied Mindfulness: Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents is the first step toward stress reduction, peace, and compassion for a new generation.


  • Part I: Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Chapter 1. Developing a Personal Mindfulness Practice
  • Chapter 2. Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Chapter 3. State of the Research on Youth Mindfulness
  • Chapter 4. Measuring Mindfulness
  • Part II: Mindfulness Application to Specific Clinical Diagnoses
  • Chapter 5. Anxiety and Depression
  • Chapter 6. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Chapter 7. Grief and Loss
  • Chapter 8. Substance Abuse
  • Chapter 9. Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Part III: Mindfulness Application to Specific Clinical Populations
  • Chapter 10. Immigrant Youth
  • Chapter 11. Incarcerated Youth
  • Chapter 12. Trauma-Informed Yoga With Incarcerated Youth
  • Part IV: Mindfulness Settings
  • Chapter 13. Mindfulness at Home
  • Chapter 14. Mindfulness in Schools
  • Chapter 15. Mindfulness Nature Practices
  • Chapter 16. Mindful Movement in Schools
  • Chapter 17. Mindfulness and Technology
  • Chapter 18. Mindfulness and Creativity


    Karen Bluth, Ph.D.
    Michael Bready
    Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D.
    Tara Cousineau, Ph.D.
    Susan Delaney, Psy.D.
    Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi, Ph.D.
    Lisa Flook, Ph.D.
    Matthew S. Goodman
    Sam Himelstein, Ph.D.
    Bridget Kiley
    Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D.
    Christine Lathren, M.D.
    Lorraine Hobbs
    Erik Jacobson, Ph.D.
    Mari Janikian, Ph.D.
    Mari Kurahashi, M.D.
    Pamela Lozoff
    Laila A. Madni, Psy.D.
    Kristina C. Mendez
    Stewart Mercer, Ph.D.
    Allison Morgan
    Alejandro Nunez
    Sita G. Patel, Ph.D.
    Celeste H. Poe
    Amy Saltzman, M.D.
    Zev Schuman-Olivier, M.D.
    Randye J. Semple, Ph.D.
    Sharon Simpson, Ph.D.
    Meena Srinivasan
    Eleni Vousoura, Ph.D.
    Nicole Ward
    Sally Wyke, Ph.D.
    Sarah Zoogman, Ph.D.

About the Authors

Victor G. Carrion, M.D., is John A. Turner, M.D. Endowed Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Director, Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program, at Stanford University.

John P. Rettger, Ph.D., is Mindfulness Program Director, Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program, School of Medicine, at Stanford University.

As mindfulness has become more popular and more data are available to demonstrate its efficacy in a variety of settings and conditions, it is appropriate that its use in youth populations be examined. Applied Mindfulness: Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents brings together not only the work of the authors but of leading researchers who demonstrate that mindfulness is a powerful and cost-effective tool for use in the youth population. This groundbreaking volume will find utility with every professional who cares for children and act as a tremendous resource for those who wish to use these techniques in the clinical setting.—James R. Doty, M.D., Founder and Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education; Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine; Senior Editor, The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science; New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

At a time when mindfulness-based approaches to promoting well-being are growing in popularity, Drs. Carrion and Rettger have assembled an outstanding and comprehensive volume of chapters that provide evidence-based guidance from authorities with years of experience applying mindfulness-based approaches in their work with children and youth. This much-needed text addresses applications for specific clinical diagnoses, clinical populations, and use in various settings. I highly recommend this valuable resource to anyone wishing to learn more about how best to support young people's healing, well-being, and positive development.—Patricia Jennings, Ph.D., M.Ed., Associate Professor, Curry School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia

In this much-needed text, Drs. Carrion and Rettger offer guidance for mental health professionals on how to apply mindfulness to their pediatric practice. Divided into three parts, this text explores the application of mindfulness to specific populations, such as incarcerated youth, immigrants, and those with a substance use disorder. It invites the reader to think creatively in terms of settings: home, school, and out in nature. The book is an asset for anyone who interacts with youth and wants to promote mindfulness as a positive coping tool.—Tim Ryan, U.S. Representative, 13th Ohio District

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