The Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Program, designed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, has rapidly gained acceptance internationally as a profound way to learn to cultivate the skills of self-compassion – for therapists and community members alike. MSC is an empirically validated program, which can be offered as a 5 day intensive or an 8 week/3 hr week program.
Our Byron workshop is the 5-day intensive version. It will be co-taught by James Bennett-Levy and Tina Gibson. Both Tina and James are experienced Australian MSC teachers, who time and again have witnessed the – at times revolutionary – value of MSC for the wellbeing of workshop participants. James and Tina combined successfully to teach the program in South Australia in 2016, and are now offering it in Byron in 2017. Click here for a summary of some of the feedback from South Australia.
MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding. Christopher Germer, one of the designers of this program, notes “Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing – being aware in the present moment when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions – fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt – in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.”
MSC is through and through a self-experiential program. Learning the skills of self-compassion from the inside out. As a springboard to learning to treat oneself with warmth and kindness rather than harshness and self-criticism, there are few more powerful programs than MSC. While there are clear implications of the program for work with clients for therapists to reflect on, MSC is focused fairly and squarely on oneself.
For participants to learn to: