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Live Online MSC Core Skills Training

Kristin Neff and

December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC-8

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This workshop is a 4-session, online introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).  MSC is an empirically-supported training based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. The curriculum has been steadily refined since 2010 and taught to over 100,000 people worldwide.


This workshop is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the key practices and exercises of the 8-week program, from the comfort of your home, taught by the developers of the MSC program.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (emotions, sensations, thoughts). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relationships. Self-compassion includes the capacity to comfort, soothe and validate ourselves, but also to protect and provide for ourselves, and to motivate ourselves to achieve our goals. Fortunately, anyone can learn self-compassion.

This event is a benefit for the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, which means that the teachers are donating all teaching fees to fund the operations of the organization. All proceeds support the mission of CMSC to make the world a more compassionate place.

What you will learn


  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the evidence-based benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Increase your happiness with savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion practices to others

Please Note: This workshop contains the highlights of the MSC training but is not the entire course and therefore does not fulfill the pre-requisite for attending teacher training or participating in other CMSC programs for MSC graduates.


What to expect


This workshop is completely live and online.
Program activities include short talks, meditation, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.  The goal is for participants to 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 this workshop.
The course takes place on the Zoom conference platform and is limited to 200 participants.  Numerous 4-person breakout groups provide an opportunity for participants to connect and share their direct experience of the practices with others. 


MSC is a resource-building program rather than a retreat
In that regard, difficult emotions are likely to emerge as we give ourselves the kindness that we need. Participants are asked to attend to their own safety and wellbeing, and there will be trained MSC teachers ready to support participants as we proceed together through the course. We are committed to making the journey safe, interesting and enjoyable for everyone.


**Please be aware that this workshop will be video-recorded by CMSC and made available (and not downloadable) only to participants in the workshop for a period of three weeks after the conclusion of the program. You will be asked to acknowledge and accept this on the registration form.


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.

Learning Objectives:


  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
  • Apply techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout
  • Implement self-compassion practice to motivate behavior change
  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • Assess and manage difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance


Included in this Program:


Self-Compassion Mentoring Sessions

Engage with highly trained and experienced Self-Compassion Mentors for on-the-spot learning and application of Self-Compassion skills and teachings.

Each Self-Compassion Mentor is a Certified MSC teacher, who has achieved the highest level of training in Mindful Self-Compassion.

Empower yourself and optimize learning by attending additional interactive practice sessions. What you can expect:

  • Clarify what you are learning
  • Apply skills immediately in real time
  • Answers to your questions
  • Address difficulties
  • Deepen your understanding of Self-Compassion
  • Review, personalize and apply practices
  • Optimize learning in community through Common Humanity

A premium aspect of this Core Skills training is the unique opportunity to engage in virtual practice group sessions while going through the Core Skills program. Most trainings do not include this kind of opportunity. These extra practice sessions are designed to help you maximize learning and get a  jump start on integrating Mindful Self-Compassion into your life.

Affinity Groups

In order to support diversity, equity and belonging we are launching three virtual affinity groups to support the learning of certain diverse participants within the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Core Skills Training Program. These adjunctive training sessions will give some attendees the opportunity to participate in relevant affinity groups of their choice. Affinity groups are developed for those who self-identify with a particular underrepresented,  social-cultural identity such as racial identity, ability-challenged, sexual orientation, age, non-binary gender identity.  These MSC group sessions will provide a safe space for exploring shared identity-based experiences in relationship to learning and practicing Mindful-Self-Compassion. The three MSC  Core Skills affinity groups scheduled are as follows:

People of Color (underrepresented racial identities)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Genderqueer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual+ (LGBTQIAP+) (sexual orientation, gender identity, nonbinary/gender expansion & expression)

Body-Based Ability Challenged (chronic pain, chronic medical conditions, physically challenged)


Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education credits will be offered for some professions for the MSC Online Core Skills Training Workshop. Please see below for more information.

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 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs:

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. 11.0 CE Credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE Credit is accepted.


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.

Fees for CE credits: $45 USD (Submit when registering)

In order to receive CE credits you must attend the whole course. Credit will not be given for partial attendance. Please enter your License number on the online registration form. You will be required to sign-in/out for each session through Zoom, the online platform. 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.

An email will be sent to those registered for CE credits with more detailed information about a week before the workshop begins.

If you have any questions about CEs, please email gail@centerformsc.org.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given if program is cancelled before May 13.

After May 13, a $50 cancellation fee will be retained.

No Refunds 72 hours prior to start of course.

Please contact gail@centerformsc.org to request a refund. Due to Cvent being backlogged, refund will be by check or PayPal.


Online MSC Core Skills Workshop

Wednesdays and Saturdays May 27, 30, & June 3, 6 2 pm – 5 pm EDT / 1 pm – 4 pm CDT / 11 am – 2 pm PDT/6 pm UTCThis event will be hosted onlineFee: $300Both professionals and the general public are welcome.CE credits are available. See section on Continuing Education for details.No refunds if cancelling within 72 hours of the start of the program
Kristin Neff, Ph.D.An Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, she is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over fifteen years ago. In conjunction with Chris Germer, she has co-developed an empirically-supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion. They co-authored The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. She is also the author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

A clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School, he co-developed the MSC program with Kristin in 2010 and they co-authored two books on MSC together. Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is the author of the popular book, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-author (with Kristin Neff) of the professional text, Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. His next book, expected in 2021, is on self-compassion as an antidote to shame. Chris is an MSC Teacher Trainer and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.


December 31, 2020
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Online Workshop


Kristin Neff


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