Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training


  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Date: February 16, 19, 23, and 26, 2021
  • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Pacific Time each day
  • Price: $299 - $339 (Discounts for GGSC Members)
  • Register

A workshop on the Core Skills for Mindful Self-Compassion, held over four half-day sessions with Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

Held entirely online, with recordings available following the training! 

This course is approved for 12 Continuing Education (CE) credits. 

Discounts for GGSC members! Learn more here.

Scholarships are now available! To apply, please click here.

Developed by Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D., leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, Ph.D., pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion, the empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. 

Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy, and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

This workshop is completely live and online. Program activities will include short talks, meditation, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.  The goal is for participants to 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 this workshop.

In MSC you’ll learn:

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

Unique to this training, participants will also be able to participate in small group sessions, including Self-Compassion Mentoring and Affinity Groups, to more deeply explore course content. 

Self-Compassion Mentoring: Engage with highly trained and experienced mentors for on-the-spot learning and application of self-compassion skills and teachings. Optimize learning by attending additional interactive practice sessions between the four half-day training sessions.

Affinity Groups: Join a group of Core Skills training participants who self-identify with a particular social-cultural identity. With this shared identity, we will come together in a safe space to explore the intersection of our diverse experiences in relation to learning and practicing Mindful-Self-Compassion. Participants from underrepresented populations have an opportunity to create community and discuss the course experiences and learning with others who share the same social-cultural identity.

  • Session I

    Tuesday, February 16

    9:00am - 12:00pm PT

    Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training

    Break

    Theory, Research, and Practice

  • Session II

    Friday, February 19

    9:00am - 12:00pm PT

    Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Loving-Kindness

    Break

    Finding Your Inner Compassionate Voice

  • Session III

    Tuesday, February 23

    9:00am - 12:00pm PT

    Compassionate Listening

    Break

    Being with Difficult Emotions/Shame

  • Session IV

    Friday, February 26

    9:00am - 12:00pm PT

    Self-Compassion for Caregiver Fatigue

    Break

    Savoring, Gratitude, and Self-Appreciation

  • Chris Germer, Ph.D.

    Chris Germer, Ph.D.

    Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program with Kristin Neff in 2010 and MSC has since been taught to over 100,000 people worldwide. They co-authored two books on MSC, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program.

    Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion.  He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; he co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and he maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.

  • Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

    Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

    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 co-author, along with Christopher Germer, of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program.

    Neff 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.

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
  • Apply techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Utilize self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout
  • Practice self-compassion skills to motivate behavior change
  • Select and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • Inspect difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance

Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion

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

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 12 CE hours

Psychoanalysts
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (12) clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers
CA and Other States:
 Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.

IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000782.  (12) hours.
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 12 contact hours Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA and Other States: 
Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (12) hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (12) contact hours. Live online.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (12) contact hours. Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 12 CE hours.

Creative Arts Therapists
NY: 
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. (12) contact hours. Live online.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: 
Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0222 for (12) 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, (12) hours general. Expires 3/31/2021.  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 (12) CE Hours.

Nurses
CA: 
Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (12) contact hours


 

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.

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.

To register, click here!

Discounts for GGSC members! Learn more here.

Scholarships are now available! To apply, please click here.

How to Participate:

With this live, online event, you’ll watch real-time presentations via Zoom, be able to submit questions to the presenters online, follow along with downloadable slides, and participate in small group sessions—all from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere with an Internet connection.

Prior to the event, registered participants will receive a user name and password to access our exclusive Participant Portal through the Greater Good website. Here you willl find course materials, recommended readings, our daily agenda, as well as your links to join sessions and supplemental groups each day. 

While it is not required, we recommend setting up a free Zoom account to familiarize yourself with the platform before this event. Accounts can be set up through the Zoom website.

A recording of each session will be available to participants following the event.

 

Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel their registration by emailing greater@berkeley.edu. To receive a full refund (less a $25 administrative fee), requests must be received no later than February 8, 2021. Refunds will not be processed for requests received after this date.

Scholarships are now available! To apply, please click here. We encourage participants to apply regardless of your experience with mindful self-compassion programs. There is no experience necessary for this workshop!

If you have questions regarding this event or the scholarship process, please contact us at greater@berkeley.edu.

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