Upcoming Seminars

  November 22, 2019 Berkeley, CA Kristin Neff, PhD 

Course Information

Fierce Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Integrating yin and yang self-compassion skills to heal and empower our clients as well as ourselves as therapists

Compassion is aimed at alleviating suffering—that of others or ourselves—and can be ferocious as well as tender. These two poles are represented by the dialectic of yin and yang. In traditional Chinese philosophy, these two seemingly opposite qualities– soft and hard, passive and active, feminine and masculine – are integrated in a non-dual manner, with the understanding that all people contain both essential energies. A metaphor for yin self-compassion is a mother tenderly comforting her crying child. We hold ourselves with love so we can heal our pain. The converse metaphor for yang self-compassion is that of a momma bear defending her cubs. When we tap into this fierce energy it gives us the strength and power needed to stand up and take action.

When most people think of self-compassion, they imagine its tender yin form. Yin self-compassion involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way. We comfort and soothe ourselves when in pain just we might do for a friend who is struggling. We give ourselves our own kind attention and care rather than cutting ourselves down with self-criticism. And we validate our pain, acknowledging that our suffering is worthy of attention. 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. Or saying no to our own harmful behaviors so that we can be safe and healthy. 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. And it means motivating ourselves to reach our goals or make needed changes in our lives.

In order to be truly self-compassionate, in order to be whole, we need to integrate both yin and yang. If we are yin without yang, we risk becoming complacent or disempowered. If we are yang without yin, we risk of becoming hostile, selfish, or perfectionistic. 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.

This unique workshop will teach skills of both yin and yang self-compassion skills. In addition to learning theory and research on the topic, it will provide concrete practices drawn from the empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion program for use in daily life. This course is relevant to practicing mental health professionals.

This workshop offers 6 CE hours.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.



As an undergraduate at UCLA, Dr. Kristin Neff studied communications, and as a graduate student at UC Berkeley she studied moral development. Her dissertation research on children’s moral reasoning was conducted in Mysore, India. As a post-doctoral researcher at Denver University, she studied issues of authenticity and self- concept development. Dr. Neff is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin.

While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. She has a new book titled "Self-Compassion" published by William Morrow in 2011.

Dr. Neff lives in the countryside in Elgin, Texas with her husband Rupert Isaacson – an author and human rights activist – and with her young son Rowan. She and her family were recently featured in the documentary and book called The Horse Boy – www.horseboymovie.com


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses - All Levels


Course Objectives:

  1.  Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  2.  Describe key research that supports the benefits of fierce self-compassion
  3.  Practice techniques to increase fierce self-compassion in everyday life
  4.  Demonstrate self-compassion that can stop self-defeating behaviors
  5.  Explain basic self-compassion skills to clients


8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and check in
9:00 - 10:30

Self-Compassion Theory

The Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion

Misgivings about Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion Research

Gestures of Yin and Yang Self-Compassion

10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:15 p.m.

Practice:  Yin and Yang Supportive Touch

Practice: Yin Self-Compassion Break

Practice: Soften-Soothe-Allow

12:15 - 1:45


1:34 - 3:15

Practice: Protecting Yang Self-Compassion Break

Exercise:  Working with Anger

Practice: Providing Yang Self-Compassion Break

Exercise:  Giving ourselves what we need

3:15 - 3:30 Break

Practice: Motivating Yang Self-Compassion Break

Exercise: Motivating Ourselves with Compassion

Practice: Using the breath to integrate yin and yang


Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in and out each day, attended the entire seminar, and completed an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out each day will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

Co- sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars


R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 6 CE hours


NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (6) clock hours.


Social Workers

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other state Social Work Boards for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0006. This program is approved for 6 contact hours. Live in-person

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6) clock hours, #RCST110701


Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other state MFT and Counselor Licensing Boards for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Counselors/MFTs.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (6) hours.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 6 CE hours.


Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0221 for (6) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (6) hours general. Expires 3/31/2020. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.



TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (6) CE Hours.



CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (6) contact hours


Occupational Therapists

R. Cassidy Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider No. 6782. This course is offered for (6) CE Clock Hours (61 Clock Hour = .1 AOTA CEUs). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.




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