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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 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):

Winter/Spring 2019 Complete 8-week course, original format

Dates and Times:

  • 8 Tuesday evenings,
    April 9 through May 28, 2019
    6:00 to 9:00 pm.


    Each of these weekly classes will have a 15 minute break about half-way through the evening.

  • In addition, there will be a special "retreat" class on Saturday, May 11, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This session is an important part of the MSC course.

  • Possible additional date:
    All participants are asked to reserve Tuesday evening, June 11 in case one of the Tuesday evening classes is canceled due to severe weather or other emergency and a make-up session is needed. If no make-up sessions are needed, then the course will conclude as scheduled on May 28.

Teacher:

David Spound, Certified Teacher of MSC and MBSR

CE Credits Available:

Please contact us for details about CE Credits.

Additional program details:

  • This course fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who intend to enter MSC Teacher Training.
  • 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):

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course is not a form of psychotherapy or counseling, nor is it a substitute for medical and psychological treatments and medications. Anyone who is coping with mental and emotional health challenges or who has been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health condition 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 8-week MSC Course 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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    Please click here to register for
    the April/May 8-week MSC course.

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Complete MSC Course in the 5-Day Intensive Format

This is the complete MSC course, offered in a non-residential format over five consecutive days. Taking the program in this format can be a very rewarding experience, and it may be a more convenient way to experience MSC.

The 5-day intensive was developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff to allow them to travel and teach MSC all over the world as well as to meet the needs of participants who do not have access to 8-week MSC courses near their homes and those who prefer learning in an intensive environment.

Important:
Participants should be advised that taking the full MSC course in a five-day format can be quite powerful and emotionally stirring. We urge all participants to organize this 5-day time period so that they have little or no responsibilities outside of the MSC course. In particular, participants should not plan on working during evenings and during "breaks" in the program.

It is important that participants engage in some meditation practice each evening at home (or in their hotel rooms) using materials that will be provided, and that they allow for some true rest and "down time" to integrate what has been experienced during the day. We strongly recommend minimizing the use of computers and smart phones during the 5-day Intensive. We all process experiences in our own way -- for example some people find great benefit in exercise. Others like to read, nap, meditate, and journal. Whatever your style, please do not underestimate the importance and the value of having some low-tech (or no-tech) integration time each day during the program.

July 21-26 5-Day MSC Intensive

  • Sunday, July 21:
    • 6:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Monday, July 22, Tuesday, July 23, and Thursday, July 25:
    • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm each day (with a 1-hour lunch break)
  • Wedesday, July 24
    • 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. No afternoon session as participants are urged to use the remainder of the day for important integration processes at home.
  • Friday, July 26
    • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

It is important that all participants attend all of the sessions fully. Missing sessions (except for emergency) is not recommended.

Teacher:

David Spound, Certified Teacher of MSC and MBSR

CE Credits Available:

Please contact us for details about CE Credits.

Additional program details:

  • This course fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who intend to enter MSC Teacher Training.
  • 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):

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course is not a form of psychotherapy or counseling, nor is it a substitute for medical and psychological treatments and medications. Anyone who is coping with mental and emotional health challenges or who has been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health condition 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 5-Day Intensive MSC course 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: $350
    • From $30,000–$60,000: $500
    • Over $60,000: $650

    • Current full-time college and university students without income or family financial support may take this course for $250.

    • This sliding fee scale applies to individuals. When organizations are paying for their employees to attend, the full $650 fee will be charged.

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    Registration for the July 5-Day Intensive
    will open on March 1.
    Please come back here then.

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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):

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course is not a form of psychotherapy or counseling, nor is it a substitute for medical and psychological treatments and medications. Anyone who is coping with mental and emotional health challenges or who has been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health condition should consult with their health care providers before taking this course.

     



     

    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.

 

"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

 

 

 

 
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