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 PST


Tuesday, September 20, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Course Details

“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

Cost: $195


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

Online - Zoom

This workshop will take place online using Zoom

Please contact [email protected] with any questions

Chris Germer


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

Mentor & Affinity group sessions will be offered. Information will be available soon.

Course Details

Program fees
Continuing Education

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]

Learning Objectives

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

Cancellation Policy

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.)