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March 15–20, 2015 Sunday–Friday 5 nights
Continuing Education Credits

Mindful Self-Compassion Training

Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff
Christopher Germer

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. Christopher is a clinical instructor…
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Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. A pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, she conducted the first empirical studies on self-compassion more than a…
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Program Details

Open to everyone, including professionals who wish to teach self-compassion to others.

We can learn to respond to life’s challenges with self-compassion, treating ourselves with kindness and understanding even when things go wrong. It’s a skill that can be learned by anyone.

Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is a core healing process. It’s strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying relationships.

This program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. Learn to

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions
  • Transform challenging relationships
  • Teach self-compassion practices to others.

Participants directly experience self-compassion and learn how to bring it into daily life. This workshop includes loving-kindness and compassion meditation, personal sharing, research, and discussion.

Note This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. For more information, see

Recommended reading Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself (Morrow) and Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions (Guilford Press).

CE Credits
This program is eligible for
  • 22.5 credits for Psychologists (PSY), $30 additional charge
  • 22.5 credits for Social Workers (SW), $30 additional charge