Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a scientifically-based and effective program designed to cultivate self-kindness and improve well-being. It was developed by psychologists – Drs. Kristen Neff and Chris Germer. Research shows that self-compassion significantly enhances emotional well-being (less anxiety and depression), boosts resilience, happiness, harmonious relationships, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyles such as healthy eating and exercise. For many of us, self-criticism is a familiar driving force to do better and succeed. Yet, research shows the opposite: self compassion (self-kindness) is a healthier and productive way to motivate ourselves than self-criticism.
We are offering a shorter online program (1.5 hour weekly classes for 6 weeks). Classes will be small (16 or less) and include short talks, experiential exercises, interactive group discussion, and home practices. You’ll learn to develop habits of being kinder to ourselves and others especially during times of stress, and live with more ease and well-being in daily life. Our goal is to promote the direct, personal experience of self-compassion and to provide on-the-spot skills to bring it into everyday life.
No experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.
During these difficult times of continuing pandemic, and much social upheavals, these approaches and skills may be ever more helpful.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Register for a Certificate of Completion and get CEUs. Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. We cannot guarantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states.