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2-Day Core Skills Workshop, Houston , TX , United States

Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

January 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - January 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

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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.

MSC Core Skills Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
  • Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout

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.

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Approximate Course Times:

Friday and Saturday, January 12 & 13, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
Lunch Included

Please plan to arrive at 8:15 am for registration. Coffee and breakfast finger food provided.

Venue Location:

The Council on Recovery
303 Jackson Hill St.
Houston, TX 77007

Please note The Council is a smoke and vaping-free environment.

Parking is available  in The Council parking garage on levels 2, 3 and 4, with the exception of Handicap parking.

Local Accommodations:  Nearby Accommodations  (Please scroll down and click on Accommodations)

Continuing Education and Scholarships:

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 11.0 hours of credit.

Nurses: 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.

LPC, LMFT, LMSW, LCSW:  11 hours of credit provided by The Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center. Licensed CE provider of  Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (provider #959), Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #365) and Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (provider #5328).

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. There will also be an online evaluation to fill-out which will be emailed to you a few days after the workshop. CE Certificates will be emailed 4-6 weeks after the course.

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:

Chris and Kristin are donating all proceeds from this event to the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

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

Earlybird tuition, materials and lunch (by January 7, 2018): $300
Standard tuition, materials and lunch (from January 8, 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.

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Cancellation policy:

Your fee will be refunded if we are notified by December 12, 2017, that you need to cancel your registration.

A $50 service fee will be retained if you cancel between December 13 and December 27, 2017.

No refunds are available after December 27, 2017, 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.


January 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am
January 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Kristin Neff
Chris Germer
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The Council on Recovery
303 Jackson Hill St.
Houston, TX 77007 United States
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