Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training

  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Date: May 14, 17, 21 & 24, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific Time each day
  • Price: $299 - $339

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 11 Continuing Education (CE) credits. See additional details on the Continuing Education Tab.

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 warmth and support so that we comfort ourselves when we’re hurting and take action to make needed changes. 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 introductory level workshop. The course is designed to be both relevant and accessible to practicing mental health professionals as well as other professionals interested in key research and practices in mindful self-compassion. 

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 Practice Groups and Affinity Groups, to more deeply explore course content.

Self-Compassion Mentoring - Optional and highly recommended to optimize learning in this training:

 General Practice Groups: 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 on and between the four half-day training sessions.

Affinity Practice Groups: Engage with highly trained and experienced mentors for on-the-spot learning and application of self-compassion skills and teachings. These groups bring together participants who self-identify with a particular social-cultural identity to explore our diverse experiences in relation to learning and practicing Mindful-Self-Compassion.

Affinity Groups included in this training are for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIAP+  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, +Plus) participants.

Scholarships: GGSC is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend this training. Please see the Scholarships tab for more details.

Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel their registration by emailing our workshop Cosponsor, CUE Management Solutions, LLC at newell@sonic.net. To receive a full refund (less a $25 administrative fee), requests must be received no later than May 6, 2024. Refunds will not be processed for requests received after this date.

For additional training questions and troubleshooting, please email us at greater@berkeley.edu

There is no known conflict of interest or commercial support.

  • Session I

    Session I

    Tuesday, May 14

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

    Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training


    Theory, Research, and Practice

  • Session II

    Friday, May 17

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

    Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Loving-Kindness


    Finding Your Inner Compassionate Voice

  • Session III

    Tuesday, May 21

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

    Core Values & Compassionate Listening


    Being with Difficult Emotions/Shame

  • Session IV

    Friday, May 24

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

    Self-Compassion for Caregiver Fatigue


    Savoring, Gratitude, and Self-Appreciation

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    Chris Germer, Ph.D.

    Chris Germer, Ph.D. 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 they wrote two books, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program. MSC has been taught to over 250,000 people worldwide. Dr. Germer is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and a co-editor of two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. He is a founding faculty member of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Harvard Medical School, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge MA. Dr. Germer also maintains a small, online psychotherapy practice in Massachusetts, USA.

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    Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

    Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research,conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion more than twenty years ago. She has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in psychology worldwide. She is author of the bestselling book Self-Compassion and her latest book is Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive. Along with her colleague Chris Germer, she developed the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion program and founded the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. They co-wrote the best-selling The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. For more info go to self-compassion.org.

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
  • Use 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
  • Examine difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  • Summarize basic self-compassion techniques for others, including clients

Cassondra Graff, M.S.

Cassondra Graff, M.S., LCSW (she, her) is a Greek American, Certified MSC  and MBSR Teacher and Mentor. She is the Director of Mentors for Public  Programs and Faculty for Self-Compassion In Psychotherapy (SCIP) at the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC). Her work as a mental  health professional transformed over the years, becoming mindfulness and compassion based.

Cassondra's current focus is the active implementation of compassion into mental health and whole health, with an eye out for DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) integration. Cassondra developed the roles of Self-Compassion Mentor and Affinity Group Mentor, creating ethical, inclusive and compassionate guidelines to serve a diverse range of participants and optimize learning in self-compassion-based programs for the public. “Over time self-compassion, both tender and fierce, has become my inner ally, has my back no matter what. I want to support you in turning toward this life-changing resource for yourself.”


Carolina Bautista-Velez

Carolina Bautista-Velez is a Latinx social changer who believes in the power of individual and collective liberation. Through her work as a Certified MSC Teacher, Qualified MBSR Teacher, Certified Professional  Coach, and Diversity &   Trauma Informed Consultant, Carolina works with individuals, groups and organizations by  co-creating spaces where her clients can focus on learning sustainable tools to navigate stress, societal conditioning, goals, life/work balance and difficulties. 

Carolina is the founder of CVelez Consulting & Metamorphosis-Coaching. She holds a degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in social psychology and psychoanalysis


David Fredrickson

Teacher, psychotherapist, and writer, David Fredrickson, has worked with and learned from underserved and traumatized communities including children and families, the LGBTQIAP2S+ community, and those affected by HIV/AIDS. Following his own health crisis, activated by caregiver fatigue, David discovered that his care often did not include himself. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) became part of his own healing and as a certified MSC teacher he is committed to bringing this powerful balm to others. A long-time resident of San Francisco, David is a lover of nature, music, good friends, dogs, and good food.

Learn more about David: http://www.davidafredrickson.com

Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in and out each day, and attended the entire seminar. 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. Attendees are kindly asked to complete an evaluation. Certificates will be sent via email.

Cosponsored by CUE Management Systems, LLC


CUE Management Solutions, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CUE Management Solutions, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Individual Board Rules are subject to change. Each local and national professional board has its own specific Rules and Regulations for Continuing Education Credit Approval and Acceptance. The approval and acceptance information we provide is believed to be accurate at the time of opening the course for registration. Check with your State Regulatory board if you have questions or concerns not clarified by the information provided above. Ultimately, you are responsible for the acceptance or denial of your license renewal credit hours.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact us by email at greater@berkeley.edu 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

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. Links will also be shared directly via email from greater@berkeley.edu.

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.


Thank you for your interest in attending the Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training. The Greater Good Science Center is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend this event, at the 50% and full scholarship level. 

To apply for a scholarship, please take a few moments to complete the scholarship application form. Our team will review applications and provide scholarships as available, on a rolling basis. All scholarship applicants will receive a response by April 30, 2024. For questions on this application or about this event, please feel free to contact the Greater Good Science Center at greater@berkeley.edu.

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