About the Presenter
Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago.
Kristin’s work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Reader’s Digest, and Psychology Today. She offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide, and has developed (in partnership with Chris Germer) an eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program; an empirically supported and internationally recognized program designed to cultivate self-compassion.
Kristin is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy (now on Netflix!), which chronicles her family’s journey to Mongolia where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.
For more information about Kristin and her work, go to www.self-compassion.org
For many years self-esteem was seen to be the key to psychological health. However, research psychologists have identified several downsides to the endless pursuit of self-esteem such as ego-defensiveness, constant social comparisons and instability of self-worth. Research suggests that self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to oneself, offering all the benefits of self-esteem without its downsides.
Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we care about. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering.
Participants of this one-day workshop will learn some of the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)* program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. MSC is an empirically supported and internationally recognized program designed to cultivate self-compassion by teaching skills for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in and responding compassionately to our own imperfections without harsh self-condemnation are essential steps toward living happier, more fulfilling lives. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life and the lives of your clients. You will learn tools to help you and your clients to stop being so hard on ourselves; to handle difficult emotions with greater ease; and to motivate ourselves with kindness rather than criticism.
The workshop is intended for professionals who want to learn skills they can integrate into their work life and teach to clients. It is also appropriate for anyone who wants to develop more self-compassion in their personal life.
*Note: This workshop does not qualify you to teach the 8-week MSC Program, which requires more intensive training. To learn about MSC Teacher Training, see http://www.centerformsc.org/teacher_training
An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations. Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather. If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.
Instructor: Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS The Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $199 +HST (=$224.87) by March 7, 2016
Regular Cost: $219 +HST (=$247.47) after March 7, 2016
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments
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