An Antidote to Shame
Take a fresh, non-pathological look at shame through the eyes of compassion in this 6-hour workshop with MSC co-founder Chris Germer.
Tuesday, September 13, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm PT
Tuesday, September 20, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm PT
“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.
Since shame is the most difficult human emotion we all can benefit from learning tools to manage it. How would you feel if you could overcome the challenges of shame?
Instead of going with our first instinct to “go small, go silent, or go away” we could acknowledge ourselves with understanding and kindness.
Instead of going on the attack, criticizing ourselves, or others, we could pause and remember we’re not alone in the midst of vulnerability.
Instead of numbing ourselves by escaping into unhealthy behaviors we could generate support and strength to feel included in the circle of compassion
Self-compassion is the opposite of shame and acts like an antidote through its 3 key elements:
Mindfulness instead of rumination
Common humanity instead of isolation
Self-kindness instead of self-criticism
The process of alleviating shame begins by recognizing that shame is an innocent emotion arising 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.
An Antidote to Shame
September 13 & 20
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm PT
Online - Zoom
This workshop will take place online using Zoom
Please contact [email protected] with any questions
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.
Mentors and Affinity Groups
A unique aspect of this workshop is the opportunity to engage in virtual Mentor Groups while going through the workshop. Most trainings do not include this kind of opportunity. These extra Mentor Groups are designed to help you maximize learning and get a jump start on integrating Mindful Self-Compassion into your life.
Engage with a highly trained, certified and experienced MSC Teacher / Mentor for on-the-spot learning and application of Self-Compassion skills and teachings. Optimize learning and your experience by attending additional interactive Mentor Groups.
- Self-Compassion Mentoring: Engage with highly trained and experienced mentors for on-the-spot learning and application of Self-Compassion skills and teachings. Each Self-Compassion Mentor is a Certified MSC teacher, who has received the highest level of training. Optimize learning by attending additional interactive mentor groups. Mentor Sessions for Antidote to Shame will be held:
- Tuesday, September 13, 7:15 pm Pacific Time with David Fredrickson (Workshop Program Day)
- Friday, September 16, 4pm Pacific Time with Cassondra Graff
- Tuesday, September 20, 7:15 pm Pacific Time with Cassondra Graff (Workshop Program Day)
- Friday, September 23, 4pm Pacific Time with Laila Narsi
Participants who self-identify with a particular social-cultural identity (i.e. race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, social class, etc.) are invited to join Affinity Groups.
- Affinity Group: A group of Antidote to Shame training participants who self-identify with a particular social-cultural identity (i.e. race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability-challenged, nationality, age, social class, etc.). With this shared identity they come together in a safe space to explore the intersection of their diverse experiences in relation to learning and practicing Mindful-Self-Compassion. Participants from underrepresented populations have an opportunity to create community and discuss the course experiences and learning with others who share the same social-cultural identity. Affinity Groups for Antidote to Shame will be held:
- Wednesday, September 14, 4pm Pacific Time LGBTQIAP2S+ (no allies please) with David Fredrickson
- Wednesday, September 14, 5:30pm Pacific Time BIPOC (no allies please) with Laila Narsi
- Wednesday, September 21, 4pm Pacific Time LGBTQIAP2S+ (no allies please) with David Fredrickson
- Wednesday, September 21, 5:30pm Pacific Time BIPOC (no allies please) with Laila Narsi
More details, including biographies of the group leaders and a signup link will be provided after registration.
Continuing Education credits will be offered for some professions for the MSC Online Core Skills Training Workshop. Please see below for more information. Please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.
Psychologists: This program is sponsored 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: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 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.
Fees for CE credits: $45 USD (Submit when registering)
In order to receive CE credits you must attend the whole course. Credit will not be given for partial attendance. There is also an online evaluation which must be filled-out after the workshop concludes. CE Certificates will be emailed 2-3 weeks after the course.
If you have any questions about CEs, please email [email protected]
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
There are a limited number of scholarships available for this program. CMSC is especially committed to providing access to participants of color and members of other underserved groups and we prioritize scholarship applications of these individuals.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please submit your scholarship application by August 30: Antidote to Shame Scholarship Application
Full refunds if cancelling 2 weeks before workshop starts or a 50% refund within 1 week before workshop starts. No refunds thereafter. (Some exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons.)