Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness, and patience when they struggle, fall short, or experience failure, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to ourselves. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) encourages us to consider the fundamental question, What do I need?
This is an in-depth version of the eight-week MSC program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. Through talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion, you learn how to
By connecting with your natural capacity for kindness toward suffering, you can develop healthy, enduring patterns of relating to all of life’s circumstances.
Continuing Education Credit
After registering for the course through Kripalu, you can purchase CEs through International Seminars Group (ISG). CE credits are available for psychologists, dietitians, and for some nurses and master level therapists (in some states). ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs to psychologists. ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and content. For more information and to pay for CEs for this program, click here.
Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her book, Self-Compassion, was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.
Christopher Germer is a co-founder of CMSC and co-developer of MSC. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness- and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. He is a lecturer on psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of both the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance. Chris has co-edited two influential volumes –Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy – and is author of the popular book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. Chris is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.
Dr. Germer currently divides his time evenly between clinical practice and teaching/writing. He is a co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School “Meditation and Psychotherapy” conference. Dr. Germer is a committed student of insight meditation (vipassana) through the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. His main clinical interest is the need for self-compassion, in addition to mindfulness, to manage intense and difficult emotions. Toward that end, Dr. Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff (University of Texas) have co-developed the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program which is currently being taught around the world.