Mindful Self-Compassion: 2-Day Core Skills Training

Mindful Self-Compassion: 2-Day Core Skills Training

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  • Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training

This workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. 

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing.  Mindfulness is the first step — turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (emotions, sensations, thoughts). Self-compassion comes next — bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. 

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you needed it the most? All that’s required is a shift in attention — recognising that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion. 

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human.

 Specific Learning Objectives

  • Understand the meaning and science of self-compassion
  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease, especially shame
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients

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. 

Resources

  • Information on self-compassion - including videos, guided meditations, exercises and research articles – is available at Christopher Germer's website: https://chrisgermer.com

Notes

  • No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.
  • The price includes tea & coffee with pastries/biscuits during the breaks. Overnight accommodation and other meals are NOT included.

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