Lorraine M. Hobbs, MA

Director, Youth and Family Programs at University of San Diego, Guiding MBSR Teacher and Guiding MSC teacher

Lorraine M. Hobbs M.A., is the Director of the Youth and Family Programs at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. As a family therapist and former clinical director of adolescent treatment programs, Lorraine is committed to helping teens and families achieve greater emotional health and stronger connections through Mindfulness-Based Interventions. During her tenure at the Center for Mindfulness, she has developed and implemented curricula in mindfulness training for multiple age groups, including a program in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting.

Her concern for the adverse effects of stress on the social and emotional development of teens led Lorraine to create pioneering work in the area of self-compassion. She is co-author of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults, adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion Program and endorsed by Kristen Neff, Ph.D. & Chris Germer, Ph.D. In addition, Lorraine provides teacher training in this curriculum nationally and internationally.

Lorraine is certified in MBSR (Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction), MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion), and CCARE (Compassion Cultivation, Altruism, Research & Education), a year-long training program created by clinical psychologists and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. She is an MBSR mentor for MBSR teachers seeking certification.

As co-director of the Mindfulness for Adolescents Certification Program, Lorraine provides consultation and supervision in mindfulness-based approaches and core skills training to professionals working with teens. She also consults with educators on integrating mindfulness and compassion-based programs in schools and offers workshops & public talks in the community.

Lorraine draws inspiration for her life and work from her yoga and meditation practices. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has practiced for over 20 years.


Karen Bluth, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. Karen Bluth is Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion, an internationally acclaimed 8-week course created by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. She is co-creator of the curriculum Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, the teen adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for adults, and author of the book “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are” (New Harbinger Publishers).

Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth. She was awarded a Francisco J. Varela grant from the Mind and Life Foundation in 2012, which allowed her to explore the effects of a mindfulness intervention on adolescents’ wellbeing through examining stress biomarkers. In 2015, Dr. Bluth received a North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences grant to explore relationships among mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional wellbeing in teens in grades 7-12, and to examine the protective effect of self-compassion against teen stressors. More recently, she has been developing self-compassion programs with subpopulations of teens that are most at-risk for mental health challenges. For example, in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Campo, she delivered an adapted version of Making Friends with Yourself online to young adult cancer survivors. Currently Dr. Bluth is engaged in an NIH-funded study to test Making Friends with Yourself with teens who are at-risk for depression. Dr. Bluth is Associate Editor of the academic journal Mindfulness and co-editor of a special issue of the academic journal Self and Identity on self-compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff.

As a mindfulness practitioner for 40 years, a mindfulness teacher, and a lifelong educator with 18 years of classroom experience, Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks, conducts workshops, and teaches classes in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational and community settings. In addition, she trains teachers in Making Friends with Yourself internationally.