This offering is an intensive version of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. It is the only full version of the program that Kristin Neff (along with Chris Germer) is teaching this year, and it will be in person! Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.
The emphasis of the program is on building the resources of self-compassion and mindfulness through a process of self-discovery. We begin with mindfulness, through which we turn with loving awareness toward difficult experiences (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Next, we learn to turn that loving awareness toward ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.
Developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.ChrisGermer.com) and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.Self-Compassion.org). This program fulfills the prerequisites for becoming an MSC teacher or participation in the SCIP (Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy) certificate program.
Please keep in mind that MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. MSC is not a substitute for medical or mental health care.
This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome!