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Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

In this four half-day workshop, participants will learn the core skills of Neff and Germer’s empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion training, which is designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. You will be provided with essential tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as practicing mental health professionals.

This course is for 12 CE

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


Christopher Germer, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice, a lecturer on psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Germer is author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy

Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She conducted the first empirical studies on self-compassion, has published numerous academic articles on the topic, and lectures worldwide. Dr. Neff is the author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and the audio set Self-Compassion Step by Step. She is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary, The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s trek on horseback through Mongolia to find healing for her autistic son.


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses



Learning Objectives:

Identify the three key components of self-compassion

Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion

Apply techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life

Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout

Demonstrate self-compassion skills to motivate behavior change

Select and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness

Examine difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance

Summarize basic self-compassion techniques for others/clients



Session I (February 16)

9:00 – 10:15am Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training

10:15 – 10:30am Break

10:30 – 12:00pm Theory, Research, and Practice

Session II (February 19)

9:00 – 10:15am Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Loving-Kindness

10:15 – 10:30am Break

10:30 – 12:00pm Finding Your Inner Compassionate Voice


Session III (February 23)

9:00 – 10:15am Compassionate Listening

10:15 – 10:30am Break

10:30 – 12:00pm Being with Difficult Emotions/Shame

Session IV (February 26)

9:00 – 10:15am Self-Compassion for Caregiver Fatigue

10:15 – 10:30am Break

10:30 – 12:00pm Savoring, Gratitude, and Self-Appreciation