Advanced Skills Series

An Online “Deeper Dive” into Self-Compassion Practice

For those who have had the opportunity to take some form of MSC training, you will have begun to appreciate and encounter the many levels and nuances of self-compassion practice. The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) will be offering a series of “deeper dives” into self-compassion in the year ahead, offered by world-recognized experts in the topic, intended to give participants an opportunity to deepen and enrich their existing self-compassion practice through exploring special topics.

The intention with this series of online workshops is to provide opportunities for people to further explore some of the more challenging and potentially fruitful aspects of self-compassion. These workshops are highly experiential and practical for those wishing to deepen their practice.

An Antidote to Shame


Presented by
Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
November 6 and 13
7 am – 10 am (Pacific Time)
6 hours total


Supporting Teens
Through Self-Compassion


Presented by Karen Bluth
and Marina Barnes
December 2 and 4
7 am – 10 am (Pacific Time)
6 hours total




Presented by Ann Saffi-Biasetti, Richa Gawande, Fresh Lev White and Marissa Knox
Coming January 29, 2022
9 am – 3pm (Pacific Time)
6 hours total


Self-Compassion: An Antidote to Shame

Presented by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
November 6 and 13, 7 -10 am PST. 
Self-Compassion Mentor and Affinity Groups will be offered at no additional charge.


“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  – William James

Shame is everywhere. Whenever we feel bad about ourselves, for whatever reason, there is a touch of shame. Shame can occur when we feel judged by others or when we judge ourselves. It can happen when we do something wrong and when we’re entirely innocent of wrongdoing. Shame strikes at the core of our being but has nothing to do with who we really are.

Shame is the most difficult human emotion. What makes shame so challenging is that most of us would rather do anything than feel shame. Our first instinct is to “go small, go silent, or go away.” Sometimes we go on the attack, criticizing ourselves or others. We may also try to numb ourselves by escaping into unhealthy behaviors. When shame is present in our lives, there’s often no one home to work with it.

Self-compassion is an antidote to shame. It’s the opposite of shame—self-kindness instead of self-criticism, common humanity instead of isolation, and mindfulness instead of rumination. The process of alleviating shame begins by recognizing that shame is an innocent emotion—it arises from the universal wish to be loved. If we didn’t wish to be loved, we wouldn’t feel shame. The next step is to give ourselves the compassion we so desperately need—self-compassion.

Please join Chris Germer, PhD, clinical psychologist and co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion training, for a 6-hour, online, experiential workshop including talks, meditation, research, exercises, and discussion. We will take a fresh, non-pathological look at shame through the eyes of compassion.

In this program, we will explore the nature of shame, it’s causes (including discrimination and social oppression), and learn simple skills to detect shame in our daily lives and transform it, safely and effectively, through the power of self-compassion. Meditation practitioners will be able to integrate these tools into their contemplative practices and psychotherapists will learn new skills to work with shame in clinical settings.

This workshop is appropriate for individuals who already have some experience practicing self-compassion and/or mindfulness, and it is not appropriate for those who are brand new to the concept of self-compassion.  It is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals. Participants can expect to touch shame and other challenging emotions in this workshop, so they agree in advance to take responsibility for their emotional safety and wellbeing. This workshop is equally relevant for healthcare professionals and members of the general public.

Mentor and Affinity Groups are part of this learning experience!
General Mentor Groups are open to everyone.
BIPOC and  LGBTQI2S+  Affinity Groups are open to those who share your identity. All groups offer opportunities to deepen and apply learnings into your life – in community.

For those new to self-compassion, viewing of the 2.5-hour “Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion” video is required to attend this live workshop which can be purchased here.

1. Summarize the theory and research on shame
2. Identify the evolutionary and developmental origins of shame
3. Apply the three components of self-compassion to the experience of shame
4. Integrate self-compassion skills for shame in daily life
5. Teach simple practices to clients to alleviate shame

Continuing Education Credit will be offered for this Training

Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 5.5 CE Credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 5.5 CE Credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE Credit is accepted.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 6.5 contact hours.  

Continuing Education credit fees are $45 per Certificate. They can be purchased during registration.

Chris Germer, PhD

Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program with Kristin Neff in 2010 and MSC has since been taught to over 100,000 people worldwide. They co-authored two books on MSC, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program.
Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; he co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and he maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.

Supporting Teens Through Self-Compassion

Presented by Karen Bluth and Marina Barnes
December 2 and 4, 7 am – 10 am PST
Format: The workshop will be comprised of two separate 3-hour sessions


This 6-hour workshop is for parents, therapists, and educators – anyone who works with teens or cares about teens. Karen Bluth, self-compassion researcher and teacher, and Marina Barnes, high school wellness coordinator, self-compassion teacher, and director of the youth programs at CMSC, join together to present ways to support teens through what can be a particularly challenging life stage. The workshop will begin with a discussion of why the teen years can be fraught with mental health challenges like depression and anxiety, including internal changes in teens’ bodies and brains, and the stress brought on by their external world – academics, peers, and social media. Self-compassion practices can be instrumental in shifting how teens see themselves and the world, particularly when they grasp that they aren’t alone in their struggles and that this difficult stage is an opportunity for growth. Provided will be a brief overview of the research on self-compassion and teens, including the most recent research on how cultivating self-compassion has helped transgender teens. Experiential exercises and guided meditation practices will be included throughout the workshop.

Karen Bluth and Marina Barnes will be joined by other teachers of Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (the program formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself), as they discuss their experiences teaching self-compassion to teens. Hear about teens’ responses and reactions to the program, their initial resistance and how it was overcome, and how self-compassion practice can be encouraged and maintained in the busy lives of teens.

Who should attend

This workshop is appropriate for parents, teachers, school counselors, mental health professionals – anyone who works with adolescents and would like to find out more how to help adolescents with the struggles they face. There is no requirement for prior self-compassion workshops or programs, and those new to mindfulness and self-compassion are encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe changes in the adolescent brain, and how these physiological changes have implications for behavior change.
2. Explain how a mindfulness and self-compassion practice that teens enjoy that can be employed at the moment when stress arises.
3. Identify your core parenting values and how they can be better applied in your life with the tools in nonviolent (compassionate) communication.
4. Create a plan for implementing small changes in some aspect of your life that will have an impact on teens with whom you interface.

Dr. Karen Bluth

Dr. Karen Bluth is faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and a research fellow at the University of North Carolina Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, where she conducts research on self-compassion and its influences on the emotional wellbeing of teens. Dr. Bluth is a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion, co-creator of curriculum Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself), Embracing Your Life, the adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for young adults, and one of the creators of Self-Compassion for Educators, a self-compassion program offered through Mindful Schools. Dr. Bluth is author of the books “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are”, “The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice”, co-author of “Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD: Build Executive Functioning Skills, Increase Motivation, and Improve Self-Confidence” (New Harbinger Publishers), and the soon-to-be-released Audible Original “Helping Girls Learn Self-Compassion”, a course for parents, educators, and therapists who work with teen girls.

Marina Barnes

Marina has a strong interest in helping teens build the foundation of emotional well-being through mindfulness, compassion, and communication. She is a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (the program formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself); a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor; a Nonviolent Communication (aka Compassionate Communication) practitioner; and the Program Director of Youth Services at CMSC. Marina teaches mindfulness, MSC-T, and Compassionate Communication to teens, parents, educators, and therapists. She is currently the Wellness Center Coordinator at Saratoga High School where she works with a team of therapists and students bringing awareness to the importance of mental health as the basis of academic success. Marina has a background in Computer Science, which was the catalyst in seeking healthier ways of being while living and working in Silicon Valley.

Embodying Self-Compassion

Presented by Ann Saffi-Biasetti, Richa Gawande, Fresh Lev White and Marissa Knox
January 29, 2022 from 9 am – 3 pm PST  (registrations open in October 2021)


“and i said to my body. softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.” ― Nayyirah Waheed


Embodying Self-Compassion is a day-long experience where we will learn to meet and embrace our whole being during these extraordinary times. As we go through life, we often become disconnected from our bodies, whether it is through trauma, illness, objectification, or a cultural expectation to focus on our minds at the expense of our physical and energetic selves. It is through remembering our bodies and embodying our wholeness that we can tap into the depth of wisdom offered by the three elements of self-compassion: mindfulness, common humanity, and self-kindness
When we restore this connection with our bodies, we also restore our sense of interconnectedness with the earth and with each other, and vice-versa. Being embodied re-aligns us with nature and the rhythm of life, giving us access to more resources to meet our pain and difficulty with grace and compassion.

Together we will explore what it means to have compassion in and for the body. Through this spacious and nurturing 6-hour retreat, we will experience somatic practices, guided meditations, and reflective writing to reveal deeper layers of self-compassion within us. Come home to the sacred ground of your being and embody the truth of all that you are.

Registration: Coming Soon

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
⦁ define what embodiment means to them.
⦁ apply at least three resources of grounding through the self-compassion and somatic practices offered.
⦁ identify the three components of body forgiveness
⦁ utilize gratitude as a daily practice.
⦁ describe how the three components of self-compassion, kindness, mindfulness, and common humanity relate to embodiment.

Ann Biasetti

Ann has been a practicing Psychotherapist for over 29 years. She has a private practice in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she specializes in somatic psychotherapy, and is an eating disorder specialist. She has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker.  She is a certified Mindfulness teacher, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher, and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She is an author, speaker and teacher of self-compassion and somatic interventions in eating disorder recovery, embodiment, women’s empowerment, and body image. She has led well received workshops at Kripalu, Shambhala Mountain Center, and has led training workshops for professionals through PESI and in her Befriending Your Body (BFYB) certification program for eating disorder recovery. Her first book, Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating, was released through Shambhala publications in August, 2018.

Fresh “Lev” White

Fresh “Lev” White is a love and compassionate activist. He offers mindfulness, coaching, mediation, and diversity trainings as tools for shifting towards more authentic, conscious, and passionate living to individuals, households, and professional teams. As a certified coach, and professional trainer, Lev has offered over 200 diversity trainings in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond. He earned his coaching and leadership certifications through the Co-Active Training Institute. Lev is mindfully grounded at the East Bay Meditation Center, and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership program. Lev also offers secular mindfulness and nonsecular meditation, and talks on Compassion in both corporate and private settings. He credits his ability to reach diverse audiences to his years growing up in diverse communities in New York. Learn more on LinkedIn: “Fresh “Lev” White

Marissa C. Knox

Marissa C. Knox, PhD is a teacher, researcher, and writer focused on cultivating holistic and interconnected wellbeing through mindfulness, gratitude, and self-compassion. In her work as a trained Mindful Self-Compassion™ teacher, certified Embody Love Movement facilitator, and Level 1 iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher, Marissa supports others in remembering their wholeness and living with integrity. In a recent project, Marissa contributed to the adaptation of a brief self-compassion curriculum for healthcare professionals (Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities). She has facilitated self-compassion programs to educators, students, therapists, healthcare professionals, and parents. She’s currently teaching a course called Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Self at the University of Texas at Austin. You can learn more about Marissa on her website:

Richa Gawande 

Richa is interested in community conversations and participatory action research about the impact of stress, culture and illness on the body and the ways in which connecting to our bodies and the earth body with self-compassion and in community can facilitate healing, joy, and justice. Richa is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Co-Director of the Mindfulness Training for Primary Care teacher training pathway, and Research Scientist at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC), and Research Associate at Harvard Medical School. She has been teaching mindfulness and compassion groups at CMC and elsewhere for four years. She is committed to working within and towards a larger ethical framework that is sensitive and responsive to the importance of social justice, community, story and culture. Richa has a background in biology and public health. She has spiritual roots in Hinduism and Buddhism and in connections to nature and music.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds if cancelling 2 weeks before the workshop starts. No refunds thereafter. (Some exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons.)