The Groundbreaking program developed by Drs. Kristin Neff & Chris Germer
10-week program, 2 hours each week, plus a 1/2 day Retreat, 21 hours total
Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 PM, PST Feb 17 - April 21, half day retreat,
Online via Zoom video Register below!
In the Mindful Self-Compassion program:
Enrollment $375-575 sliding scale, includes 21 hours of participation, retreat, audio of practices and other written practice tools
Ask about payment plan or scholarships
Enjoy these researched benefits of Mindful Self-Compassion:
Practice self-compassion in your daily life
• Improve emotional well-being
• Motivate yourself with encouragement, not criticism
• Gain a new perspective on stressful situations
• Transform difficult relationships, both old and new
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Become your own best teacher
• Understand the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
Program activities include self-compassion meditations, brief talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices, all in a supportive environment.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a program developed by Kristin Neff, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.Self-Compassion.org) and the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind; and Christopher Germer, a clinical psychologist who specializes in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy (www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org) and the author of many books including A Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.
Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. All that’s required is shift in the direction of your attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.
CE Credits are available for professionals. The fee for CE credits is $60 and payable by check or money order to the teacher, Natalie Bell, at the first class.
Info for CEs:
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 24.0 hours of 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. 24.0 contact hours 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 APA accreditation meets their requirements.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 contact hours.
"The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic.
This idea does seem at odds with the advice dispensed by many doctors and self-help books, which suggest that willpower and self-discipline are the keys to better health. But Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the field, says self-compassion is not to be confused with self-indulgence or lower standards.
"I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent,” said Dr. Neff, an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. “They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be."
Imagine your reaction to a child struggling in school or eating too much junk food. Many parents would offer support, like tutoring or making an effort to find healthful foods the child will enjoy. But when adults find themselves in a similar situation — struggling at work, or overeating — many fall into a cycle of self-criticism and negativity. That leaves them feeling even less motivated to change.
"Self-compassion is really conducive to motivation,” Dr. Neff said. “The reason you don’t let your children eat five big tubs of ice cream is because you care about them. With self-compassion, if you care about yourself, you do what’s healthy for you rather than what’s harmful to you."
The 8-week format - consists of eight weekly, 2 1/2 - hour sessions in a classroom/discussion group format, plus a 4-hour retreat. This class is often most easily integrated into our lives and offers an extended opportunity to deepen and solidify our practice.
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