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September 2021

Fierce Self-Compassion workshop, Online

September 18 @ 9:00 am - September 25 @ 12:00 pm

This advanced workshop is focused on an aspect of self-compassion most people aren't familiar with - its fierce side. Whereas tender self-compassion involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way, fierce self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves. It means saying “no” to others who are hurting us, drawing our boundaries firmly; giving ourselves what we need to be fulfilled mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually; and motivating ourselves to reach our goals or make needed changes. This program will teach theory, research, and concrete practices from the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion program, as well as new practices developed specifically to engender fierce self-compassion such as working with anger.

This course will be taught on zoom in two 3-hour sessions (Sept. 18 and 25, 2021 from 9am - 12 pm CT). It is relevant for the general public and practicing mental health professionals. Prior experience with Mindful Self-Compassion training is required. The 2.5 hour recorded Self-Compassion Primer workshop fulfills this requirement.

Sponsored by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

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October 2021

Self-compassion: Relating to Ourselves with Kindness, Online

October 13 @ 12:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we care about. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, 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.

Participants of this three hour online workshop will learn some of the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)* program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. MSC is an empirically supported and internationally recognized program designed to cultivate self-compassion by teaching skills for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in and responding compassionately to our own imperfections without harsh self-condemnation are essential steps toward living happier, more fulfilling lives. Through discussion and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life and the lives of your clients. You will learn tools to help you and your clients to stop being so hard on ourselves; to handle difficult emotions with greater ease; and to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism.

Sponsored by Mission Empowerment

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November 2021

Fierce Self-Compassion: Relating to Others without Losing Ourselves, Online

November 10 @ 12:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Since the publication of Kristin Neff's ground-breaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. This has generally focused on the gentle version of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way. But self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender.

Fierce self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves to alleviate our suffering. It means saying “no” to others who are hurting us - drawing our boundaries firmly. It means giving ourselves what we genuinely need - mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually - without subordinating our needs to those of others, so we can be authentic and fulfilled.

This unique workshop will teach skills developed by Dr. Neff for her new book Fierce Self-Compassion (appropriate for men and women, clinicians and the general public). You will learn tools to help you draw needed boundaries, and learn how to care for others without being overwhelmed. The program will include a satisfying mix of experiential learning and science-based insights.

Throughout the program, Dr. Neff will reveal how, in order to be truly self-compassionate, we need to balance fierce action with tender self-acceptance. Like a tree with a solid trunk and flexible branches, we need to stand strong while still embracing others as part of an interdependent whole. We need love in our hearts so we don’t perpetuate harm, but we need fierceness in our belly to stand up to harm.

Sponsored by Mission Empowerment

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