Shame strikes at the core of our being, but has nothing to do with who we really are.Chris Germer
- An 8-week course with 24 hours of training—16 hours of class time with 8 hours of practice in small groups.
- Classes occur weekly for 2 hours each, with talks, exercises, meditation and group discussion
- Small practice groups are also weekly, 1 hour each, facilitated by members of the development team
- Additionally, members of the BIPOC and LGBQIAP2S+ communities are invited to participate in affinity groups during the course.
- Class size: 75-100 participants.
At the completion of this activity, participants will begin to:
- Summarize the theory and research on shame and self-compassion
- Describe how self-compassion is an antidote to shame – the 3 paradoxes of shame
- Identify personal childhood and cultural disconnections that lead to shame
- Apply new self-compassion practices to relieve the burden of shame
- Alleviate body shame with compassion
- Direct self-compassion to hidden parts of ourselves
- Disengage from habitual self-criticism by cultivating self-compassion
- Take positive action to live with less shame in daily life
Participants will be invited to view reading material and informational videos before each class so that our precious class time can be saved for meditations, exercises and group sharing. Classes are 2 hours long, however one session will be a 3-hour online retreat.
Self-compassion is best learned in community, especially when addressing shame.
Practice groups are a key component of the 8-week course to help participants deepen what they learn and integrate it into their daily life.
You will be asked to sign up for one of the following weekly practice groups and we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s schedule.
- Mondays, 8-9 am PT
- Mondays, 4-5 pm PT
- Mondays, 5-6 pm PT
- Tuesdays, 4-5 pm PT
- Fridays 9-10 am PT
Affinity groups (optional, additional practice groups offered):
Who Should Attend
This course is open to anyone who has completed the full MSC Course, for example the 8-week program, LOMSC and the 5-Day intensive.
SC-Shame is a resource-building program, just like the MSC program itself, rather than psychotherapy. However, since we will be touching shame with self-compassion, challenging emotions may arise. The teaching team is committed to co-creating, along with the course participants, a safe and rewarding learning experience.
This course is also open to professionals, such as psychotherapists, mindfulness teachers and educators, who wish to bring fresh insights and skills for working with shame into their work activities.
If you are an MSC Teacher and interested in teaching this course in the future, there will be a prerequisite that you attend the SC-Shame course as a participant.
Fees & Scholarships
- $695 Supporter Fee
- $595 General Registration Fee
Scholarships Recognizing the social value of self-compassion and the financial realities that many prospective participants may face, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is pleased to offer a number partial scholarships supporting diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging. The scholarships are focused on applications from people of color and those who are members of historically marginalized or under-served communities, especially those who wish to serve these populations and communities.
You can apply for a scholarship using this Scholarship Application. Places will be offered in the order application forms are received. Places are confirmed once payment has been made. (Please note that scholarships are based on personal financial need, separate from being financially over-extended or over-committed.)
Continuing Education for Participants in the US
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 22.0 CE 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. 22.0 CE credit 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 CE credit is accepted.Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 26.75 CE credit.