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.