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.
In this course, you will:
Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
Learn about the science of self-compassion
Learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Learn how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Learn how to transform challenging relationships, old and new
Learn tools to manage compassion fatigue
Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
Be able to teach simple self-compassion practices to others
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.
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Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher K. Germer
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
Continuing education credits are available in the following categories:
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 24.0 hours of 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. 24.0 contact hours 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 APA accreditation meets their requirements.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 contact hours.
Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register for CE Credits.
Michelle Becker, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, California, utilizing mindfulness and compassion based psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is a teacher trainer and mentor for Mindful Self-Compassion and cofounder, along with Drs. Germer, Neff, and Hickman, of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training. Michelle is the developer of the Compassion for Couples programs and also a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. For more information about Michelle’s schedule please visit: WiseCompassion.com. For Compassion for Couples please visit: CompassionforCouples.com.
Steven Hickman, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, associate clinical professor at the University of California San Diego, and executive director of the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He teaches Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and is a teacher-trainer in MSC and MBCT. Having taught varied mindfulness-based programs and trained others to teach them, Steven Hickman brings a unique perspective to the teaching of mindfulness and compassion. He is married and has three teenage children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he teaches. centerformsc.org