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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

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Course Intention and Overview

Multiple program formats
(8-week course, 5-day intensive, 2-day core skills)

Upcoming courses with dates, fees, and registration

Continuing Ed Credits (new)

 


 

"The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is. When we make that kind of deep bow to the soul of a suffering person, our respect reinforces the soul’s healing resources, the only resources that can help the sufferer make it through."
— Parker Palmer

 

 

The following course description comes from the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion web site (http://www.centerformsc.org/Training):

"MSC was developed by Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D., leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.valleymindfulness.com) and Kristin Neff, Ph.D., pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.Self-Compassion.org).

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.

Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

In MSC you’ll learn:

  • how to stop being so hard on yourself
  • how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • how to become your own best teacher"



Valley Mindfulness is pleased to offer Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) in several officially approved formats.

  • 8-week course (complete MSC program)
  • 5-day intensive course (complete MSC program)
  • 2-Day Core Skills workshop (condensed program)

In each of these formats, classes sessions include a variety of meditative practice and exercises in which participants explore the experience of self-compassion, examine common obstacles to self-compassion, and learn techniques for cultivating self-compassion in daily life. Class sessions also include time for group discussion and inquiry.

During the time-frame of the course, participants are strongly encouraged to engage each day in both formal and informal self-compassion practices. A workbook, handouts, and recordings will be provided.

The Complete Course — two options:

A complete MSC program as developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff includes at least 26 hours of class time.

Most often, we will offer this program in the original 8-week format, with one 2.75 hour class per week plus a half-day retreat class that takes place on the weekend in between the 5th and 6th of the weekly classes.

Once or twice per year, the program will be offered as a 5-day Intensive (full-day classes on consecutive days).

This class is suitable for:

  • MBSR graduates and other mindfulness practitioners who wish to deepen their ability to apply mindfulness to stressful or challenging situations through self-compassion.
  • Those who are new to the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion;
  • Experienced practitioners and MSC graduates who want to deepen their practices;
  • Those who aspire to use practices of mindfulness and self-compassion in professional settings.
    • This program will meet one of the prerequisites for MSC teacher training offered by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Click here for current 8-week MSC course offerings.

 

MSC Core Skills:

MSC Core Skills was developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff to provide many of the key practices and exercises of the Mindful Self-Compassion course in a weekend workshop format.

This experiential and interactive workshop can serve as an introduction to MSC and also as a refresher for those who have taken MSC in the past. It is also suitable as a professional training seminar for healthcare professions. CEUs can be provided with advance notice.

This weekend workshop is suitable for:

  • MBSR graduates and other mindfulness practitioners who wish to deepen their ability to apply mindfulness to stressful or challenging situations through self-compassion.
  • Those who are new to the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion;
  • Experienced practitioners and MSC graduates who want to deepen their practices;
  • Those who aspire to use practices of mindfulness and self-compassion in professional settings.

Click here for current Core Skills offering.

 


 

Upcoming courses in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC):

Fall 2018 Complete 8-week course, original format

Dates and Times:

  • 8 Wednesday evenings, October 3 through November 28, 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

    There will not be a class on November 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Each Wednesday class will have a 15 minute break about half-way through the evening.

  • Special half-day class on Sunday, November 4 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This session is an important part of the MSC course.

  • All participants are asked to reserve Wednesday evening, December 5 in case a class is canceled due to severe weather or other emergency and a make-up session is needed. If a make-up session is not needed, then the course will conclude on November 28.

Teacher:

David Spound, Certified Teacher of MSC and MBSR

Additional program details:

  • The dates and times for each class are posted above; please note that the ending times of classes might be adjusted plus or minus 15 minutes to better fit the needs of the group.
  • Those who live at a distance from Northampton may find it helpful to consider one of the housing options that are within walking distance of our center (Bed and Breakfast, AirBnB, etc.). There are a variety of food options within walking distance, too.
  • All class sessions will be held at the Valley Mindfulness Center in the center of Florence, just minutes from downtown Northampton.
    Click here for an online map to Valley Mindfulness, 45 Main Street, Florence, MA.
  • Our center has a private space in which participants can eat and rest.

Please note (important):

The Mindful Self-Compassion program is not a form of psychotherapy or counseling. Meditation and other course exercises and activities might stir emotions and memories. Anyone who is coping with mental and emotional health challenges should consult with their health care providers before taking this course.

    Program fee:

  • The course fee includes all class sessions and materials (including a workbook and recorded meditations).

  • We offer a sliding scale for the fee that is based on household income. We do not ask for proof of income. Please choose your fee based on income as follows:
    • Under $30,000: $300
    • From $30,000–$60,000: $450
    • Over $60,000: $600

    • Current full-time college and university students without income or family financial support may take this course for $200.

    • This sliding fee scale applies to individuals. When organizations are paying for their employees to attend, the full $600 fee will be charged.

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MSC Core Skills Workshop:

Dates and Times:

  • Dates to be annouced (typically a Saturday and Sunday..
  • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm on both days
    (there will be a 1 hour lunch break each day).
  • It is important that participants attend all sessions.

Teacher:

David Spound, Certified Teacher of MSC and MBSR

Additional program details:

  • All class sessions will be held at the Valley Mindfulness Center in the center of Florence, just minutes from downtown Northampton.
    Click here for an online map to Valley Mindfulness, 45 Main Street, Florence, MA.
  • Our center has a private space in which participants can eat and rest.
  • You are welcome to bring lunch with you and eat in our Center. There are also a variety of restaurants and markets withing walking distance.
  • Those who live at a distance from Northampton may find it helpful to consider one of the housing options that are within walking distance of our center (Bed and Breakfast, AirBnB, etc.).

Please note (important):

The MSC Core Skills workshop is not a form of psychotherapy or counseling. Meditation and other workshop exercises and activities might stir emotions and memories. Anyone who is coping with mental and emotional health challenges should consult with their health care providers before taking this program.

     



     

    Continuing Education Credits for Mindful Self Compassion Training

    CEUs are available for all three of our MSC programs: 8-week, 5-day intensive, and weekend Core Skills.

    Credits for nurses and most psychotherapists are available through our affiliation with the University of California San Diego.

    Please click here for the official statement of who is covered and how many credit hours can be earned.

    You may need to contact your licensing board to make sure that these credits will be accepted.

    There is a $50 administrative fee for these credits.

    Credits must be applied for at least 2 weeks before the program begins.

    These credits are available because the course teacher, David Spound, is certified as a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and is a teacher trainer with the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. For more information about David, please click here to see a brief bio.

     

    Please consider:

    We recommend, but do not require, that those entering the MSC course have some experience with mindfulness meditation. Prior participation in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course would be ideal.


    Program Registration is now open.

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    Future MSC courses

    Additional MSC courses will be offered in the winter and spring of 2019.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 
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