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Mindful Self-Compassion Five-Day Intensive

For introductory to advanced mental health professionals and people who are generally familiar with the theory and research on self-compassion and would like to explore new developments.

Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience necessary to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion, we can forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for ourselves, and live more authentically.

In this Mindful Self-Compassion training, explore how you typically respond when difficulties arise and gain tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to yourself. Through short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, and group discussion, you learn how to

  • Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • Respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • Transform difficult relationships through compassion for self and others
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life.

Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, an increase in healthy habits, and more satisfying personal relationships.

Recommended Materials Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook (recommended during the program but not necessary to read in advance)

Other Recommended Reading Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Note This program is a condensed version of the eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. See additional information about the MSC compassion training and work. This program also fulfills a prerequisite for becoming an MSC teacher.

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Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD, a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, is a philosophy professor at Oberlin College, and has taught philosophy at Princeton University and UC Berkeley.

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Susan Fairchild, MA, a psychotherapist and meditation facilitator in private practice in the Boston area, is on the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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