Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training

A two-day introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)


  • Venue: International House
  • Date: December 9-10, 2016
  • Time: Friday, 9AM-4:30 PM Saturday, 9 AM-4:30 PM
  • Price: $299-$319

This two-day 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. 11 CE hours available.

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—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion. Self-compassion is learned, in part, by connecting with our innate compassion and it further expands our capacity to be compassionate with others.

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—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect. 

Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone. After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • 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. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program. 

  • 8:30-9 AM

    Registration & Check-In

  • 9-10:30 AM

    Core Concepts: Introduction & Self-Compassion Theory

     

  • 10:30-10:45 AM

    Break

  • 10:45-Noon

    Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

     

  • Noon-1:30 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30-3 PM

    Loving-Kindness and Compassion

  • 3-3:15 PM

    Break

  • 3:15-4:30 PM

    Finding Your Inner Compassionate Voice

  • 8:30-9 AM

    Registration & Check-In

  • 9-10:30 AM

    Living Deeply

  • 10:30-10:45 AM

    Break

  • 10:45-Noon

    Meeting Difficult Emotions

  • Noon-1:30 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30-3:00

    Self-Compassion for Caregivers

  • 3:00-3:15

    Break

  • 3:15-4:30

    Embracing Your Life

  • Christopher K. Germer, PhD

    Christopher K. Germer, PhD

    Christopher K. Germer is a clinical psychologist in private practice, a Lecturer on Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Germer is author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy.

  • Kristin Neff, PhD

    Kristin Neff, PhD

    Kristin Neff is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She conducted the first empirical studies on self-compassion, has published numerous academic articles on the topic, and lectures worldwide. Dr. Neff is the author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and the audio set Self-Compassion Step by Step. She is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary, The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s trek on horseback through Mongolia to find healing for her autistic son.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone. After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  •  Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
  •  Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  •  Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout
  •  Teach basic self-compassion skills to clients

International House is on the University of California, Berkeley campus at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way, adjacent to the stadium. Address: 2299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720. 

By Car

Parking around the International House (I-House) and the UC Berkeley campus can be difficult. In non-metered areas, parking is free for two hours and unregulated after 7 pm. Meters are free with a California disabled placard. If you do drive, here are several public parking lots within a few blocks of the I-House.

Parking

Parking on the UC Berkeley campus is challenging. Street parking at meters is free after 6 pm. In non-metered areas, parking is free for two hours and unregulated after 7 pm. Meters are free with a California disabled placard.

1. UNDERHILL LOT: Located at the corner of Channing and College, this lot is a 5-10 minute walk from I-House.

2. TELEGRAPH CHANNING GARAGE: One-half block west of Telegraph Avenue, with entrances on both Durant Avenue and Channing Way. A 15-minute walk to I-House uphill.

3. BOALT LAW SCHOOL LOT: The closest public parking to I-House. From Hearst Ave., turn right on Gayley. Immediately past the Haas Business School, turn right and then left into the lot.

4. KROEBER LOT (Tennis Courts)
This is also close to I-House but more expensive. Located on Bancroft, west of College Ave

5. LOWER HEARST STRUCTURE LOT: Located at the corner of Hearst and Euclid. A 15-20 minute walk to I-House.

6. UNIVERSITY HALL WEST LOT: Located on Addison between Oxford and Shattuck. A 20-25 minute walk to I-House uphill. 

There is also on-street parking on Piedmont Avenue and the other streets around the I-House, some with blue disabled zones, meters and some non-metered. In non-metered areas, parking is free for two hours. (There will be breaks in the program every 60-90 minutes, during which time attendees can even exchange parking spots with one another.) If you plan to look for on-street parking, you may want to add a few minutes to your estimated travel time.

For UC Berkeley parking Information, call (510) 642-4283 or visit http://pt.berkeley.edu/parking/visitor/lots.

Public Transit

Parking around the International House can be difficult, so we encourage you to take public transportation whenever possible to avoid parking fines and ease traffic congestion. Some services require exact fare only (e.g., AC Transit Buses and Campus Shuttle Service). BART and AC Transit buses are used jointly by commuters to come to campus.

BART

BART trains operate from Fremont, Richmond, Pittsburg and Millbrae. A map indicating the route and stops of each train is located at each station. The Berkeley BART station is just 1-1/2 blocks from the Berkeley campus. There are shuttles that run from the BART to the International House. Click here for more information on taking public transportation to the I-House. (Please note that the shuttle pick-up near BART is on Shattuck Ave, between Center and Addison Streets.)

Get off at the "Downtown Berkeley" station.

The campus shuttle from Downtown Berkeley is located across from BART at Center & Shattuck, in front of Bank of America. The bus stops in front of the I-House.

Note: walking from the Berkeley BART station to I-House will take 20-25 minutes up a moderate hill. 

AC Transit

AC Transit  bus service provides transportation for commuters to and from San Francisco and throughout Alameda and Western Contra Costa County. There are several AC bus lines that come near the campus area.

Airports

The Oakland Airport is approximately 15 miles from UC Berkeley. A new BART train links the airport to the Coliseum BART station.

San Francisco Airport: Check the ground transport section of the SF airport homepage for directions to Berkeley. Also, see the convenient BART line to the airport.

Other Transit Links
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Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Approved for 11 CE Hours

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

 

Psychologists

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 11 CE hours

 

Social Workers

R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 11 continuing education clock hours.

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 11 contact hours live

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (11) clock hours, #RCST110701

 

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (11) hours.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (11) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 11 CE hours.

 

Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0218 for (11) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (11) hours general. Expires 3/31/2017.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

 

Educators

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (11) CE Hours.

 

Nurses

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (11) contact hours

 

Occupational Therapists

R. Cassidy Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider No. 6782. This course is offered for (11) CE Clock Hours (1 Clock Hour = .1 AOTA CEUs). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

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