Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
And, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and cultivated by anyone through Mindful Self-Compassion Training.
At the completion of this training, participants should be able to:
describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients
This program is an intensive skills training program. It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey — an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness – offering periods of instruction and periods of practice. Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children. This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.