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MSC Core Skills Training, Kansas City, Overland Park (Kansas City) , KS , United States

Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

April 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - April 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm UTC-8

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This 2-Day MSC Core Skills workshop led by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff allows an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week MSC program in an intensive 2-day format. The course is intended for mental health and medical professionals as well as the general population. This is the first time that MSC Core Skills has been offered in America’s heartland, Kansas City.

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.

Participants will learn:

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • Self-compassion practices for daily life
  • How to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • The art of loving-kindness meditation
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to explore challenging relationships
  • How to use self-compassion in care-giving situations
  • How to enjoy your life more fully

Workshop objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • 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


Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will 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 the program.

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.


Christopher Germer, PhD is a co-developer of the MSC program and a co-founder of the Center for MSC. 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.

Chris is also a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. Chris has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. He has co-edited two influential volumes –Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy – and he is a founding faculty member of both the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and theCenter for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

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). She authored the classic Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself in 2011 and more recently co-authored the bestselling books The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program. Her website, which contains videos, guided practices, a way to test your self-compassion levels and hundreds of research articles is: www.self-compassion.org

2-Day MSC Core Skills Workshop

April 24-25, 2020
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days
8:15 check-in and coffee

KU Edwards Campus
Regnier Auditorium
12600 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS 66213

$300 early bird/$350 standard; group and student discounts

Both professionals and the general public are welcome.

CE credits are available.

Coffee, tea and snacks included. Lunch is on your own at any of the many convenient nearby restaurants.

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The tuition fees for the course are payable to the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in USD.

Earlybird tuition (by February 24, 2020): $300 USD
Standard tuition (from February 24, 2020): $350 USD

  • Student Discounts are available for $50.00 USD off the tuition fee.  Must be a full-time student with ID. IDs will be checked at the door. 
  • Group Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more. ($50 USD per person off the fee.) 
  • A limited number of Scholarships for $100 off of tuition are available for this program.  Please apply by February 24.  CMSC is especially committed to providing access to participants of color and members of other underserved groups and we prioritize scholarship applications of these individuals.   

Please contact gail@centerformsc.org for more information or to apply for any of these discounts.

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.

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This is an Introductory Level course, which includes some of the core practices and exercises of MSC.  Intended for mental health and medical professionals as well as the general population.

In order to receive CE credits you must attend the whole course. Credit will not be given for partial attendance. Please bring your License number as you will be required to sign-in/out daily on a CE attendance list. 

This program is sponsored 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 hours of credit.    

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 13.0 CE credits.

Kansas and Missouri Licensed Mental Health Professionals:
Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is approved by the KSBSRB, Provider Number 18-001, for 11.0 hours of credit for this program   

 Additional fees for CE credits: $30 (Submit when registering)

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April 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am
April 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Regnier Auditorium, University of Kansas Edwards Campus
12600 Quivira Rd
Overland Park (Kansas City), KS 66213 United States
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