Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. It was developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.ChrisGermer.com) and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.Self-Compassion.org) and teaches participants skills needed for greater awareness in the present moment of their own distress or suffering so they can respond with kindness and wisdom. Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat themselves more like someone they love, befriending themselves, cultivating a gentle curiosity about inner experiences, motivating with encouragement rather than punishment, and coping with difficult emotions with greater calm and ease. This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher and up to 24 CE credits are offered for MO & KS licensed mental health professionals. The course consists of eight weekly 2.5 hour classes plus half-day retreat. Each participant in the course will receive:
- 24 total hours of instruction in Mindful Self-Compassion, which includes carefully sequenced self-compassion exercises, guided meditations, written exercises, group discussions, and mindful movement;
- Weekly handouts to reinforce the learning and provide support and reminders for home practice;
- Weekly homework assignments (optional, but recommended);
- Access to all meditation audio recordings
Please note that we reserve the right to cancel the class in case of low attendance, in which case, you will be given a full refund.