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About the Presenter

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over two decades 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. In 2016, Kristin also partnered with
Brené Brown, Ph.D., to develop and co-facilitate an online course on Self-Compassion. 
Kristin is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to writing numerous academic articles on the topic, she is author of the books
Self-Compassion and Fierce Self-Compassion, and co-author (with Chris Germer) of the books The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals

​Certificates of Attendance / CEU's / CE Information

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon either: 

1. Verification of 100% attendance during the live broadcast OR
2. Successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed)*
    *This option is for those who do not attend the full workshop “live”.

Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (3), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is the participant’s responsibility to contact their college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's / CE’s.  This workshop has been pre-approved for 3 continuing educations hours by the CACCF.​

Cancellation Policy

​​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 individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

Since the publication of Kristin Neff's ground-breaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. This has generally focused on the gentle version of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way. 

But self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender.

Fierce self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves to alleviate our suffering. It means saying “no” to others who are hurting us - drawing our boundaries firmly. It means giving ourselves what we genuinely need - mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually - without subordinating our needs to those of others, so we can be authentic and fulfilled. 

This unique workshop will focus primarily on this more action oriented side of self-compassion; fierce self-compassion.  Led by Dr. Neff, the pioneering researcher of self-compassion, it will draw on practices developed for her latest book
Fierce Self-Compassion for use in daily life. You will learn tools to help you and your clients to protect yourself, speak up, or draw needed boundaries. The program will include a satisfying mix of experiential learning and science-based insights.

Throughout the program, Dr. Neff will reveal how, in order to be truly self-compassionate - in order to be whole - we need to integrate both versions of self-compassion. If we are tender without fierceness, we risk becoming complacent or disempowered; if we are fierce without tenderness, we risk becoming hostile or lost in endless striving. We need love in our hearts so we don’t perpetuate harm, but we need fierceness in our belly to stand up to harm.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the difference between fierce and tender self-compassion
  • Identify how the three key components of self-compassion are expressed when our aim is to protect ourselves
  • Utilize techniques to increase fierce self-compassion in everyday life
  • Clarify areas of our lives where fierce self-compassion is needed
  • Understand and overcome barriers to drawing effective boundaries

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is most appropriate for individuals who already have some experience practicing self-compassion and/or mindfulness.  It is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!
Fierce Self-Compassion: Taking Action to Alleviate Suffering


November 29, 2023, 1:15 pm - 4:30 pm  ET*
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​​​​Instructor: Kristin Neff, PhD​
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $99 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by October 29, 2023
Regular Cost: $125 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after October 29, 2023
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.76 USD (as of July 20, 2023 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 29, 2023 at 10:30am ET

* Please Note: Group Rates/Discounts are not available for this workshop.