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Mindful Self Compassion Core Skills Workshop

Presented by

Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

Friday and Saturday, January 27 – 28, 2017

Click Link : Agenda Jan 2017 | MSC Handout | Poetry and Videos 2017


Where: UNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC  27599

When:  8:30-12:00 & 1:00-4:30 both days – lunch provided


FeesThe tuition fee for the course is payable to the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Registrationlink to pre-register for programs

Fees: *Early Bird (before December 27, 2016): $300 | Standard (from December 27, 2016, onward): $350 | $30 fee for CE (An email will be sent a month before the course with registration and payment information.)
Please contact for Student Discount or Scholarship information.  Livestream Fee: $150

Live Stream: This 2-Day Core Skills Workshop will be available for viewing live online via the web from anywhere in the world. This is your opportunity to spend two days with Chris and Kristin to explore some of the key elements and practices of the full Mindful Self-Compassion program, from the comfort of your own home or office. Consider gathering a group of friends or colleagues to watch some or all of this unique program together! (Those who register for livestreaming will receive further instructions about a week prior to the event.) No scholarships, discounts or CE will be offered for livestreaming.


Kristin Neffkrisin-neff-phd, PhD is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) . Her book, Self-Compassion, was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.

Christopher Germer, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in Arlington, MA, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He is a founding member chris-germer-phdof Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion.



Handouts: Agenda Jan 2017   |  MSCHandout


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. Participants of this two-day workshop will learn the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone. You will be provided with essential tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. These practices can be instrumental to mental health practitioners both for their own self-care as well as helping clients. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as practicing mental health professionals.


Learning Objectives:  After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients

Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.

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Continuing Education: 

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to sponsor continuing education. Provider Number CEP16351. 13.0 contact hours.

Psychologists: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 11.0 contact hours.

LCSWs and LMFTs: 9.0 contact hours provided from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

9.0 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.

Fees for CE credits: $30 (An email will be sent a month before the course with registration and payment information.)

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 email no later than ten business days before the program.

Cancellation Policy:

Your fee will be refunded if we are notified before November 27, 2016, that you need to cancel your registration. PayPal takes a non-refundable fee 2 months after a payment is made, so if you cancel 2 months (or more) after your original payment, and before November 27, 2016, we will refund your original fee minus PayPal’s fee (around 3-4%).

A $50 service fee will be retained if you cancel between November 27, 2016 and January 13, 2017.

No refunds are available after January 13, 2017.

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

Contact: Please contact for further information