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Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training

For everyone.

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness, and patience when they struggle, fall short, or experience failure, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to ourselves. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) encourages us to consider the fundamental question, What do I need?

This is an in-depth version of the eight-week MSC program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. Through talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion, you learn how to

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  • Describe relevant research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
  • Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout.

By connecting with your natural capacity for kindness toward suffering, you can develop healthy, enduring patterns of relating to all of life’s circumstances.

Continuing Education Credits
After registering for the course through Kripalu, you can purchase CEs through International Seminars Group (ISG). Learn more about CEs for this program.

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Tools for Practicing Self-Compassion


Kristin Neff, PhD, cofounder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and codeveloper of Mindful Self-Compassion, is associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, part-time lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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