Mindful Self-Compassion Trainings I have completed the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training through the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. I feel very passionately about this work and I love sharing it with both therapists and members of the general public. What is Mindful Self-Compassion? Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 9 session training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves. To watch a video of Kristin Neff talking about how useful self-compassion is, click here.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think. You can read more about it in the New York Times, on livescience, and on MSNBC.
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program. A note on the cost of the course: You will see three prices listed for each course. These are the standard price, a benefactor price and a reduced price. The standard price is just as it sounds. The benefactor price is for those who would like to offset the cost for those who need a reduced price, and the reduced price is for those who are unable to afford the full price. I trust your integrity to decide what price is right for you and am happy to offer these options for you. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Upcoming Trainings For Mental Health Professionals: September 14th, 2015 - November 2nd, with a half day retreat on October 14th. Register here: Cascadia Training.