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Introduction to Self-Compassion, Phoenix , AZ , United States

Kristin Neff

January 26, 2019

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In a culture of endless striving and competition, self-compassion might feel like a luxury we can’t afford. The truth is we can’t afford to be without it. Research has shown that self-compassion leads to healthy habits, lowers anxiety and depression, and supports more satisfying relationships.

When we practice self-compassion, we treat ourselves kindly, as we would a close friend or loved one. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with greater ease when encountered with the inevitable struggles of life. Most of us feel compassion when someone we are close to is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you need it the most?

This workshop provides simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, participants gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into their daily lives.

Learn how to stop being so hard on yourself and handle difficult emotions with greater ease. Motivate yourself and interact with others from a place of kindness rather than criticism. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as for practicing mental health professionals and includes practices to help ease stress in caregivers.

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.

(Online Registration closes Wednesday 1/23 at Noon. You may still do a walk-in registration day of, however the box lunch food options may be limited.)


Venue and Schedule

This course is being managed by CMSC and held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.  Please see the PVCC site here for directions, campus map and parking information.


Paradise Valley Community College – Union Hills
18401 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032


Course held at the Kranitz Student Center – Lower Level, Patayan Community Center Room KSC 1000A

Please click on this link for a Campus Map and here for Campus Parking.  The closest Parking to the KSC building is Lot C.  

Course Times:

Saturday, January 26, 2019

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Lunch Included

Check-in will open at 8:15 AM.  Coffee, tea and nibbles will be provided.

(Online Registration closes Wednesday 1/23 at Noon. You may still do a walk-in registration day of, however the box lunch food options may be limited.)


Recommended reading
Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Program fees

(Online Registration closes Wednesday 1/23 at Noon. You may still do a walk-in registration day of, however the box lunch food options may be limited.)

    Earlybird tuition and lunch (before November 26, 2018):  $155
    Standard tuition and lunch (from November 26, 2018):  $195
  • If you are a full-time student and are interested in the student discount rate, please contact [email protected] are a limited number of scholarships available for this course.  Please contact [email protected] if you would like more information.


Cancellation Policy

Your tuition payment will be refunded if we are notified by December 25, 2018 that you need to cancel your registration.

No refunds are available after December 25, 2018, except on compassionate grounds.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, CMSC is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.


January 26, 2019


Kristin Neff


Paradise Valley Community College
13840 N. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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