Child & Youth Care Forum

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 303–317

Exploring the Feasibility and Benefits of Arts-Based Mindfulness-Based Practices with Young People in Need: Aiming to Improve Aspects of Self-Awareness and Resilience

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10566-010-9139-x

Cite this article as:
Coholic, D.A. Child Youth Care Forum (2011) 40: 303. doi:10.1007/s10566-010-9139-x


Research in mindfulness-based methods with young people is just emerging in the practice/research literature. While much of this literature describes promising approaches that combine mindfulness with cognitive-behavioral therapy, this paper describes an innovative research-based group program that teaches young people in need mindfulness-based methods using arts-based methods. The paper presents qualitative research findings that illustrate how young people in need (children and youth involved with child protection and/or mental health systems) can benefit from a creative approach to mindfulness that can teach them emotional regulation, social and coping skills, and that can improve aspects of their self-awareness, self-esteem, and resilience.


Mindfulness Group work Creative Arts-based Young people in need Mental health Child protection Self-esteem Self-awareness At-risk youth Resilience 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkLaurentian UniversitySudburyCanada

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