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2-Day Core Skills Workshop, Coral Gables (Miami) , FL , United States

Chris Germer and Kristin Neff

October 12, 2018 - October 13, 2018

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Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. They have brought their respective experience together in the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. This Core Skills Workshop allows an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week program in an intensive 2-day format.

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.

After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

Practice self-compassion in daily life
Understand the science of self-compassion
Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Manage caregiver fatigue
Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients
Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will 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 the program.

Program Trainers:

Dr. Kristin NeffKristin Neff, PhD, is co-founder of CMSC and co-developer of MSC. She is Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology Dept. at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, being the first person to operationally define and measure the construct.  She has published widely including numerous academic articles, book chapters and the popular book Self-Compassion:  The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.  She is also Associate Editor at the journal Mindfulness.  Kristin’s work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.  Kristin is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.

Chris Germer 2017Christopher Germer, PhD, is a co-founder of CMSC and co-developer of MSC. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness- and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. He is a lecturer on psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of both the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance. Chris has co-edited two influential volumes –Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy – and is author of the popular book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. Chris is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.



Approximate Course Times:

Friday and Saturday, October 12 & 13, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
Coffee, Tea and Snacks Included
Lunch Not Included.  Please see this attachment for nearby options:  Miami MSC Workshop – Lunch Options

Please plan to arrive at 8:15 am for registration and coffee/tea.

Venue Location:

Newman Alumni Center
University of Miami
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

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Much gratitude to Mindful Kids for onsite event management and organizing the volunteer staff. 

Free Public Talk by Kristin Neff
The Power of Self Compassion: An Evening Lecture with Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 5:30pm-7:00pm
Newman Alumni Center – University of Miami

For more information:Click here to see event flyer

Register Here :Click here to register for the event

Continuing Education and Scholarships for 2 Day Workshop:

This is an Introductory Level course which includes some of the core practices and exercises of MSC.  Intended for mental health & medical professionals as well as the general population.

Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by International Seminars Group (ISG). ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ISG maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 12.0 hours of credit.

Nurses: ISG is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to sponsor continuing education for Nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists:  ISG is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage And Family Therapy And Mental Health Counseling.  ISG maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Dietitians:  ISG is an approved professional education (CPE) provider with the Commission on Dietetics Registration.  ISG maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Additional fees for CE credits: $30 (Submit when registering)

In order to receive CE credits you must attend the whole course. Credit will not be given for partial attendance. Please bring your License number as you will be required to sign-in/out daily on a CE attendance list.

Please click on this link for addtional information on ISG or CEs offered for this program:  https://www.internationalseminarsgroup.com/mindful-self-compassion-2-day-core-skills-workshop.html

There are a limited amount of Scholarships and Student Discounts available. If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact [email protected]


Recommended reading:

Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Program fees for 2 Day Workshop:

The tuition fees for the course are payable to the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Earlybird tuition, materials, hot beverages and snacks (before September 12, 2018): $300
Standard tuition, materials, hot beverages and snacks (from September 12, 2018): $350

Student Discounts are available for $50 off the the tuition fee. Must be a full-time student with ID. IDs will be checked at the door. Please contact [email protected] to apply.


Cancellation policy for 2 Day Workshop:

Your fee will be refunded if we are notified by September 12, 2018, that you need to cancel your registration.

A $50 service fee will be retained if you cancel between September 12 and September 26, 2018.

No refunds are available after September 26, 2018, except on compassionate grounds.

In the unlikely event that the workshop is canceled, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous fees.


October 12, 2018
October 13, 2018


Newman Alumni Center, University of Miami
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables (Miami), FL 33146 United States
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