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Self Compassion: A Heartfelt Response to Our Own Suffering presented by Karen Bluth, Ph.D. and Laura Prochnow Phillips

Slides|| printable handouts: 3 slides with notes || 6 slides per page || references


When: Monday, September 19, 2016, 12 – 2 pm,  with light refreshments and meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education: 2 hours

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office)

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: Online pre-registration  (You may pre-register up until the day before the program.)

Description:  Research demonstrates that self-compassion is significantly linked to increased happiness, vitality, motivation and optimism and decreased anxiety, depression and stress. Even more promising, self-compassion has been demonstrated to be a mutable trait–cultivated through the practice of guided meditations and daily informal exercises and meditations. In this workshop, Karen Bluth and Laura Prochnow Phillips will provide the foundation of mindful self-compassion practice. Participants will gain an understanding of the components of self-compassion, misgivings of self-compassion, and directly experience a number of practices which cultivate self-compassion. These practices can be instrumental to mental health practitioners both for their own self-care as well as helping clients.


Pic of K. BluthKaren Bluth, Ph.D, is Associate Director of the program on Mindfulness-Based Stress and Pain Management, at the University of North Carolina  School of Medicine. She is also an instructor with Laura Prochnow Phillips through the UNC program on integrative Medicine of Mindful Self-compassion, an Internationally acclaimed 8 week course created by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. Dr. Bluth is also co-author of Making friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens (forthcoming, New Harbinger Press), the teen adaptation of Neff & Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion Course. In addition, she is research faculty at UNC Physical  Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Editor of the academic journal Mindfulness. She has studied and cultivated a personal mindfulness practice for 40 years.


LaLaura Prochnow Phillips, IHCura Prochnow Phillips is the founder and owner of Evolve Integrative Health Coaching LLC in Chapel Hill, NC.  She  is an Integrative Health Coach, a graduate of the Integrative Health Coaching Professional Training program and a candidate in the advanced Certification Program at Duke Integrative Medicine, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Master’s degree from The George Washington University.   Laura offers guided meditations as part of her health coaching sessions to assist clients in rooting their attention to the present moment, in reducing stress and anxiety, and in increasing mindful self-compassion.  She also regularly teaches mindful self-compassion classes in the Chapel Hill area.



Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 5 benefits of self-compassion practice on wellbeing.
  2. Identify the 3 main principles of mindful self-compassion practice
  3. Refute at least 2 common misgivings about self-compassion.
  4. Engage in at least 1 practice that cultivate self-compassion.

Handouts: All handouts for the lecture will be posted on the top of this event’s page.


Brach, T. (2003) Radical Acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of a Buddha. New York: Bantam.

Brown, B. (2010). The Gifts of Imperfection. Center City, MN: Hazelden.

Germer, C. K. (2009). The mindful path to self-compassion: Freeing yourself from destructive thoughts and emotions.New York: Guilford Press.

Goldstein, E. (2015). Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.  New York: Simon & Schuster.

Neff, K. (2015). Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. New York, NY: William Morrow Paperbacks.

Salzberg, S. (2005). The force of kindness: change your life with love and compassion. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.


Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for future lecture. Please contact Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540  to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

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Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFThours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each clinical lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.

Attendance Policy:  To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session.

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at / 919-843-5818 or Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540.


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