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8-week Mindful Self-Compassion Course, Tartu , Estonia

Anni Kuusik

September 18, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - November 13, 2019 @ 8:15 pm

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An event every week that begins at 5:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 2019

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The Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Program, designed by Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD, has rapidly gained acceptance internationally as a profound way to learn to cultivate the skills of self-compassion – for therapists and community members alike. MSC is an empirically-supported program, which can be offered as a 5 day intensive or an 8 week/3 hr week program.

This is the 8-week/3h Course, taught in Estonia in Estonian.

MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness, understanding and courage. Christopher Germer, one of the designers of this program, notes “Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing – being aware in the present moment when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion)’.

Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions – fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt – in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives. MSC is through and through a self-experiential program. Learning the skills of self-compassion from the inside out. As a springboard to learning to treat oneself with warmth and kindness rather than harshness and self-criticism, there are few more powerful programs than MSC. While there are clear implications of the program for work with clients, for therapists to reflect on, MSC is focused fairly and squarely on oneself.

8-WEEK MSC COURSE allows participants to learn to:

* 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

* Be enabled to teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

This course does not require any previous experience in meditation. All are welcome!
If you are currently suffering or in treatment from mental illness, please read further information in the registration form or please contact the teacher Anni Kuusik via email [email protected] to decide whether 8-week MSC course as a group format is the best way for you to learn self-compassion practices in the present moment.

Key references

Germer, C.K. (2009): The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, Guilford, New York..

Neff, K. (2009) : Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. HarperCollins, New York.
Neff, K. & Germer, C.K (2018). The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. Guilford, New York
Neff, K., & Germer, C. K. (2013). A pilot study and randomized controlled trial of the Mindful Self-Compassion program. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 28-44.


September 18, 2019 @ 5:15 pm
November 13, 2019 @ 8:15 pm


TÜ Psühholoogia Instituut
Näituse 2
Tartu, 50409 Estonia
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This course is taught in Estonian.

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