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Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training, Online

November 29, 2022 - December 9, 2022

With Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

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This workshop is taught by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, creators of the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. Participants of this workshop will be taught online via zoom. November, 29, December 2, 6, 9. You will learn the core skills of the MSC training, which is designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. You will be provided with essential tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as practicing mental health professionals. CE hours available.


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. 

Discounts for GGSC members! Learn more here.

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 workshop.

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 Self-Compassion Mentoring and Affinity Groups, to more deeply explore course content.

Self-Compassion Mentoring: 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 groups are an optional, freely offered, yet integral part of the learning experience in the MSC Core Skills Training. These groups bring together participants who self-identify with a particular social-cultural identity to explore the intersection of 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, Transexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, +Plus) participants.


Sponsored by the Greater Good Science Center

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November 29, 2022
December 9, 2022
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