Many of us are seeing our patients and clients suffering amidst these incredibly challenging times. As they navigate the physical and emotional impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic, financial strain, social division, and the care of children and loved ones, there is a lot to feel anxious about. As providers, we find ourselves in the tough position of wanting to offer support and compassionate presence to our clients, yet as human beings facing the same difficult conditions, we may likely be suffering from our own high stress levels. We may at times feel “maxed out” and unsure of how to offer out the very care and reassurance that we are in need of.
You are likely familiar with the benefits of mindfulness, a practice in which we cultivate non-judgmental, present moment awareness. What many are less familiar with is the value of self-compassion, a skill which supports us in meeting the natural suffering that often arises when our present moment experience is difficult or painful.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. This upcoming series for medical and mental health professionals consists of meditations, short talks, experiential exercises and reflections, group discussions and home practices. Over the course of the 9 weeks, participants will learn to bring a mindful awareness to difficult moments in their lives and develop the skills to respond with kindness, care, understanding, and wise action. The series will engage important skills of self-compassion and mindfulness to help you in these difficult times while allowing you pass these skills on to your clients and patients.
This program will be completed in time to count as the prerequisite for the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy certification program.