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Mindful Self-Compassion

Up to 26.5 CEs Approved for Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals,Nurses, and Dietitians. ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits to psychologists.  International Seminars Group maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Target Audience: 
Social Work
Marriage & Family Therapy
Registered Dietitian

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Carol Hendershot, Certified MBSR Instructor
April Kaiserlian, LMSW, MBSR Instructor
Learning Level: Introductory
Course Type: Live Program, to be purchased from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness


Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8-Week holistic wellness program that combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance emotional resilience. Participants learn to turn toward and acknowledge difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with mindfulness and respond with kindness rather than self-criticism. Research has shown that self-compassion enhances emotional wellbeing.

This course is based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to open to the present moment, feel connected to self and others and respond with compassion.

Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals benefit by exploring the latest research in self-compassion and mindfulness, by discovering how these practices can be integrated under the umbrella of self-compassion training, by learning skills that they can practice themselves for personal wellbeing, and by enhancing their professional skills in domains such as therapy, teaching, or research. There are now over 1200 articles in peer-reviewed journals that show the efficacy of these practices in mental health.

MSC Learning Objectives

  1. Define mindfulness and self-compassion
  2. Summarize the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion Course
  3. List the three components of self-compassion

Class 1

  1. Define the construct of self-compassion and identity misconceptions
  2. Practice soothing touch meditation
  3. Practice Self-Compassion Break meditation

Class 2

  1. Practice an affectionate breaking meditation
  2. Define emotional resistance (e.g. “backdraft”) and how it create unnecessary stress
  3. List mindful and self-compassionate ways of working through emotional resistance

Class 3

  1. Define Loving-Kindness
  2. Practice an Awakening our Hearts Meditation in dyads
  3. Practice a Loving-Kindness for a Loved One Meditation

Class 4

  1. Practice the Loving-Kindness meditation for ourselves in class
  2. Identify the three typical stages of progress in mindful self-compassion training
  3. List the “adaptive” functions of self-criticism and how to motivate ourselves with compassion instead

Class 5

  1. Practice a “Giving and Receiving Compassion” Meditation
  2. Identify one’s core values, and strategies to adhere to them in daily life
  3. Identify the hidden value in suffering

Class 6

  1. Practice a Loving-Kindness Meditation to ourselves
  2. List the three components for managing difficult emotions
  3. Define shame and how self-compassion is the antidote for shame

Silent Retreat

  1. Practice Gentle Mindful Yoga routine
  2. Practice a Compassionate Body Scan meditation
  3. Practice a Sense and Savor Walk
  4. Practice an affectionate breathing meditation
  5. Practice a Soles of the Feet meditation

Class 7

  1. Practice the Compassionate Friend Meditation in class
  2. List two types of relational pain: the pain of connection and the pain of disconnection
  3. Practice a “Meeting Unmet Needs” exercise

Class 8

  1. Practice the Compassion for Self and Other Meditation
  2. Define “negativity bias” and how it is hardwired in our brains
  3. Practice an Appreciating our Good Qualities meditation

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