MSC Core Skills Workshop

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Workshop

Next Available Workshops

Live Online
August 10, 12, 17 & 19, 2022
8:00 – 11:00 am PT

Presented By Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

About MSC Core Skills Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week MSC program in an intensive online format. The course is intended for mental health and medical professionals as well as the general population.

MSC teaches the skill of self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning toward difficult experience (emotions, sensations, thoughts). Self-kindness comes next—bringing care and concern to ourselves. Finally we honor our shared humanity in the experience of imperfection. Taken together, the elements of self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relationships. Self-compassion includes the capacity to comfort, soothe and validate ourselves, but also to protect and provide for ourselves, and to motivate ourselves to achieve our goals. Fortunately, anyone can learn self-compassion.

These events are intended to raise awareness of Mindful Self-Compassion and, in many cases, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

This event is a benefit for the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, which means that the teachers are donating most of their teaching fees to fund the operations of the organization.

What You Will Learn

What you will learn

Practice self-compassion in daily life
Understand the evidence-based benefits of self-compassion
Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Manage caregiver fatigue
Increase your happiness with savoring and self-appreciation
Teach simple self-compassion practices to others

Please Note: This workshop contains the highlights of the MSC training but is not the entire course and therefore does not fulfill the pre-requisite for attending teacher training or participating in other CMSC programs for MSC graduates.


What to expect

This workshop is completely live and online.
Program activities include short talks, meditation, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend this workshop.
Numerous 4-person breakout groups provide an opportunity for participants to connect and share their direct experience of the practices with others.

MSC is a resource-building program rather than a retreat.
In that regard, difficult emotions are likely to emerge as we give ourselves the kindness that we need. Participants are asked to attend to their own safety and wellbeing, and there will be trained MSC teachers ready to support participants as we proceed together through the course. We are committed to making the journey safe, interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

**Please be aware that this workshop will be video-recorded by CMSC and made available (and not downloadable) only to participants in the workshop for a period of four weeks after the conclusion of the program. You will be asked to acknowledge and accept this on the registration form.


Self-compassion: what is it?

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail at times in their lives, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to our own selves in the same situations. Self-compassion is directed to the one who is suffering, and encourages us to consider the fundamental question of “What do I need?” By recognizing that difficulty is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-kindness), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.


Self-compassion: how to learn it

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.


Learning Objectives:

Identify the three key components of self-compassion
Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
Apply techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout
Implement self-compassion practice to motivate behavior change
Develop and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
Assess and manage difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance


Included in this Program:

Self-Compassion Mentoring Sessions

Engage with highly trained and experienced Self-Compassion Mentors for on-the-spot learning and application of Self-Compassion skills and teachings.

Each Self-Compassion Mentor is a highly trained MSC teacher, who has achieved the highest level of training in Mindful Self-Compassion.

Empower yourself and optimize learning by attending additional interactive practice sessions.


What you can expect:

Clarify what you are learning
Apply skills immediately in real time
Answers to your questions
Address difficulties
Deepen your understanding of Self-Compassion
Review, personalize and apply practices
Optimize learning in community through Common Humanity

A premium aspect of this Core Skills training is the unique opportunity to engage in virtual practice group sessions while going through the Core Skills program. Most trainings do not include this kind of opportunity. These extra practice sessions are designed to help you maximize learning and get a jump start on integrating Mindful Self-Compassion into your life.


Mentor Groups

Self-Compassion Mentoring

A unique aspect of this Core Skills training is the opportunity to engage in virtual Mentor Groups while going through the Core Skills program. 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.


Cassondra Graff, M.S.,LCSW Certified MSC Teacher

Cassondra is a mindfulness and compassion teacher and mentor with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC). She brings 22 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist and mental health provider. Cassondra leads Mentor Groups designed to empower people to optimize the application of self-compassion into their lives.

Cassondra believes in the power of compassion to help us survive, thrive and navigate life, especially in challenging times.


Cassondra Graff schedule for mentor groups (open to Everyone)
Please note: all mentor groups are 1-Hour long

No Sign up required. Just click on Join link and attend.

Wednesday, August 10 at 11:30 am Pacific Time (Workshop Program Day)
Friday, August 12 at 11:30 am Pacific Time (Workshop Program Day)
Saturday, August 13 at 8 am Pacific Time

Wednesday, August 17 at 11:30 am Pacific Time (Workshop Program Day)
Friday, August 19 at 11:30 am Pacific Time (Workshop Program Day)
Saturday, August 20 at 8 am Pacific Time

If you are uncertain of a start time, please check World Time Buddy to find the time the mentor group begins where you live.

Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups with Laila Narsi and Markus Bohlmann, Affinity Group Mentors (Included in Program):

What is a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) affinity group?

A group of Core Skills training participants who self-identify with a particular social-cultural identity (i.e. race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, social class, etc.). With this shared identity they come together to explore the intersection of their diverse experiences in relation to learning and practicing Mindful Self-Compassion. The intention is to provide a safe space in which 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. This can afford participants from the numerical minority greater accessibility to a supportive space for the cultivation of social-cultural identity affirmation, inclusiveness and belonging.

Mindful Self-Compassion Affinity Groups

  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color: BIPOC (for people who have felt stigma, bias or oppression who are from underrepresented racial identities)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Genderqueer, +Plus: LGBTQIAP2S+ (no allies please) (sexual orientation, gender identity, nonbinary/gender expansion & expression, intersex and two-spirit)

Schedule for Affinity Group Sessions:
(Sign-up is required prior to attending. Please sign-up here – Affinity Group Sign-up Page)

Laila Narsi schedule for Affinity Groups – BIPOC (no allies please)
Please note: all groups are 1-Hour long

  • Saturday August 13, at 10am Pacific time
  • Saturday August 27, at 10am Pacific time

Markus Bohlmann schedule for Affinity Groups –  LGBTQIAP2S+ (no allies please)
Please note: all groups are 1-Hour long

  • Thursday, August 11 at 9AM Pacific
  • Saturday, August 13, at 9AM Pacific
  • Thursday, August 18 at 9AM Pacific
  • Saturday, August 20, at 9AM Pacific





Laila Narsi, LCSW, CMMT, Certified MSC Teacher

Laila Narsi, LCSW, CMMT is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and a Trauma Informed Psychotherapist in private practice in Texas. She is also the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s Coordinator of Retreats and Coordinator of Circles of Practice Public Offering. Growing up on three continents, Laila has a deep respect and understanding of cultural and linguistics. She has travelled around the world working with several teachers cultivating her interests in mindfulness, diversity, cultural studies, human rights, and international arts. For more information, please visit her website at




Markus Bohlmann, PhD

Markus Bohlmann, PhD (he|him, no pronouns) is certified in MSC and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Markus is the coordinator of CMSC’s worldwide translations of the MSC programs, member of CMSC’s DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) committee, co-creator of the LOMSC adaptation for LGBTQ+ folx, and team leader of CMSC’s Circles of Practice LGBTQIAP2S+ Affinity Group. Markus is a faculty member at the Center for Mindfulness Studies and Mindfulness Everyday in Toronto, Canada. Markus has lived in North America for a long time and now calls Germany home.


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 July 27.

As of August 3, we are no longer accepting Scholarship Applications.  If you have applied for a scholarship, you will be notified by email if you receive an award.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education credits will be offered for some professions for the MSC Online Core Skills Training Workshop. Please see below for more information.

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 11.0 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. 11.0 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.

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 13.0 contact hours. Please check with your local board to see if California BRN contact hours are applicable.

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]

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.)

Teacher Bios


Kristin Neff received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, studying moral development. She did two years of postdoctoral study at the University of Denver studying self-concept development. She is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

During Kristin’s last year of graduate school she became interested in Buddhism and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. Kristin is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, creating a scale to measure the construct over fifteen years ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, released by William Morrow.

In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. They co-authored The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook as well as Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals, both published by Guilford. She is also co-founder and board president of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.



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.


Four, 3-Hour



Online Platform


For Whom

This course is intended for the general public as well as for people wanting to integrate self-compassion into their professional work.

Why a course in self-compassion?

Research reveals that most of us engage only a fraction of our full potential to support ourselves with inward kindness. When we fully develop this capacity, the benefits are life-changing. In this course you’ll learn how to;

Grow in kindness

toward yourself, a foundation for facing life’s many challenges.

Find new meaning & fulfillment

in your life, even if you are currently struggling with anxiety, depression or frustration

Build resilence & strength

when in distress or
emotional turmoil

Improve your relationships

with partners, friends, family, and others – by giving yourself what you need

Stop the harm

of self-criticism
and self-doubt

Be a better caregiver

for your children, parents, and clients of those in the mental, social and medical professions

Workshops Available





Live Online


August 10, 12, 17 & 19, 2022
8:00 – 11:00 am Pacific Time

Kristin Neff & Chris Germer