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October 2015

Public Talk Amherst College, MA

October 21, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Neff will give a 90 minutes presentation on "The Science of Self-Compassion." For many years self-esteem was seen to be the key to psychological health. More recently, however, researchers have identified several downsides to the pursuit of self-esteem such as narcissism, ego-defensiveness, social comparisons, and the contingency and instability of self-worth. Research suggests that self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to oneself, offering the benefits of self-esteem without its downsides. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a close friend we cared about. Rather than making global evaluations of ourselves as “good” or “bad,” self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering. This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem, and discuss research indicating that self-compassion is a more powerful and effective motivational tool than self-criticism. A brief self-compassion practice will also be taught that can be used in daily life.

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February 2016

Keynote talk at the Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth conference, San Diego

February 27, 2016

Explore Mindfulness & Compassion with Youth during the 5th Annual Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth, February 26-28, 2016, sponsored by the University of San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Targeted to educators, healthcare providers, psychotherapists, researchers and administrators of programs providing care and education to youth. Participants will:

Learn mindfulness skills, practices and programs that you share with youth in nearly any setting. Hear from experts already bringing mindfulness to youth in schools, clinics, neighborhoods and hospitals.  Connect with like-minded educators, clinicians and researchers to build resources and networks of support.  Get up to speed on the latest research findings and projects, and find out how you can contribute.  Expand your horizons around how you might bring mindfulness to bear on the challenges of your community or population.  And finally, enjoy all the benefits that San Diego has to offer in mid-winter!

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April 2016

Talk at Houston Compassion Week, Houston TX

April 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

I will be giving a luncheon address at the kick off for Houston's 2016 Compassion Week. I will discuss theory and research behind self-compassion, including how we can only sustain having compassion for others by having compassion for ourselves. I will also teach a short self-compassion practice for use in daily life. Please join us for this wonderful event that is helping to bring more compassion to major cities around the globe. The first place to start, of course, is with ourselves.

Sponsored by Compassion Houston

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June 2016

Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences Conference, Seattle, WA

June 17, 2016 - June 18, 2016

Dr. Neff will be presenting a plenary talk on June 17th and conduct a short workshop with Chris Germer on June 18th. The World Conference brings together clinicians and researchers to present cutting-edge research in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, and Contextual Behavioral Science, as well as experienced trainers to lead experiential workshops so that you can learn how to better serve your clients.

The World Conference is for psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, drug counselors, health researchers, language researchers, behavior analysts, students and more.... Anyone in a similarly related helping or research field is invited to attend.

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July 2016

Talk at Action for Happiness in London, UK

July 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come join me as I give a 90 minute talk sponsored by the Action for Happiness movement in London.

This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem, and discuss research indicating that self-compassion is a more powerful and effective motivational tool than self-criticism. A brief self-compassion practice will also be taught that can be used in daily life.

Sponsored by Action for Happiness

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October 2016

Keynote at the Changing the Odds Conference

October 6, 2016

Join me and other speakers - including Brene Brown, Richard Davidson, Daniele Goldeman, Matthieu Ricard, and Dacher Keltner - at this year's Changing the Odds conference titled Compassion: Brain Changer. This will be a unique and dynamic event exploring how essential social emotional health habits, like mindfulness, gratitude and kindness, rewire the brain to increase compassion.

Sponsored by the Momentous Institute.

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February 2017

On Self-Compassion: A Conversation, San Francisco, CA

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kristin Neff is joined in conversation by practicing clinical psychologist and CIIS Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Klein. This is a special opportunity to learn more about Kristin's life, work, and explorations of the power found in generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans.

Sponsored by the California Institute for Integral Studies.

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March 2017

Talk at the Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference, Los Angeles

March 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

The Art And Science of Self Compassion Kristin Neff, PhD

This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem, and discuss research indicating that self-compassion is a more powerful and effective motivational tool than self-criticism.

About the Conference
The Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference will offer an in-depth scholarly, practical, and immersive gathering in which we will explore the nature of the human mind, the experience of consciousness, and how the influence of our social brain’s influence on our connections with others, and with our selves.

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May 2017

Embodying Self-Compassion, New York City

May 19

Kristin will be giving a talk on Embodying Self-Compassion at the Eileen Fisher Lifework Lab conference called Body Wisdom: Waking Up to What the Body Knows, featuring Zuleikha, Kristin Neff, and Tami Simon

We spend most of our time living in our heads.

It’s natural to think it’s our best — or only — source
 of information. But as a result, we miss out on vast amounts of wisdom, intuition, creativity, and brilliance — all accessible from our bodies. Most of us never learned how to read the body’s subtle signs. We weren’t taught how to slow down and listen to what our bodies are telling us. So we shut down, tense up, and stress out.

It’s time to change all that. Our well-being depends on it! Let’s learn the language of our bodies and train ourselves to recognize and pay attention to the cues and messages they are always sending. Let’s discover what happens when we tune in to our body sensations and access what we know from the inside out.

Sponsored by Eileen Fisher Learning Lab

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June 2017

Keynote at the Conference on Emotions, Austin, TX

June 3

The purpose of this conference is to facilitate conversations and exchanges of knowledge from a wide range of perspectives regarding the experience of emotions and the role they play in physical, mental, spiritual, and relational well-being, as well as in creative expression.

Sponsored by the Center for Heart-Mind Coherence.

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