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​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. But that has generally focused on the gentle version of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way. We comfort and soothe ourselves when in pain, just as we might for a friend who is struggling. We give ourselves our own kind attention and care rather than cutting ourselves down with self-criticism. And we validate our pain, acknowledging that our suffering is worthy of attention.

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.  Or saying "no" to our own harmful behaviors, so that we can be safe and healthy. 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. And it means motivating ourselves to reach our goals or make needed changes in our lives.

This unique workshop will teach skills of both types of self-compassion - the fierce as well as the tender. Led by Dr. Neff, the pioneering researcher of self-compassion, it will not only cover scientific findings on the topic but also provide concrete practices drawn from Dr. Neff's empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion program for use in daily life. The program will include a satisfying mix of experiential learning and science-based insights. It will be relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Across 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 gentle without ferocity, we risk becoming complacent or disempowered; if we are ferocious without tenderness, we risk becoming hostile, selfish, or perfectionistic. Like a tree with a solid trunk and flexible branches, we need to stand strong while still embracing others as part of an interdependent whole. We need love in our hearts so we don’t perpetuate harm, but we need fierceness in our belly to stand up to harm.

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, need to take a break or simply want to re-watch your favourite parts, we’ve got you covered!

*Bonus: Practice Sessions with Cassondra Graff, Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher & Mentor

As a bonus, participants of this workshop have the unique opportunity to engage in optional virtual practice group sessions led by Cassondra Graff, M.S., LCSW, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher who trained with Kristin Neff. Cassondra will also be assisting Dr. Neff during the main session, in the role of Participant Support Person.

The practice sessions are offered free of charge and will be held on each of the workshop days (October 2nd and October 9th), from 2pm – 3pm ET.  There will be an hour in between the main session and the optional practice session to allow time to absorb the material, take a break and have a meal/snack if needed.  These extra sessions are designed to support and optimize your learning and help you get a jump start on integrating Mindful Self-Compassion into your life and your work. In these sessions you can:

  • Clarify what you are learning
  • Explore and review self-compassion skills, practices, principles
  • Deepen your understanding of Self-Compassion
  • Optimize learning in community

If you would like to attend, consider scheduling one or both of these practice groups into your calendar to ensure you are available to take advantage of this opportunity.

*Please note: attendance at these practice sessions is optional and they are not part of the education hours noted on the certificate of completion from the main workshop. Participants do not need to sign up for the sessions in advance; information about how to join will be provided during the main workshop.

For more information about Cassondra and her work,
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** Please note: Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting cheque registrations at this time in order to protect our staff, as our mailbox is off-site.

​​CEU's and Certificates of Attendance

​For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). Certificates will indicate the number of education hours (5.5). Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is recommended that you contact your college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's. This workshop has been pre-approved for 5.5 continuing education hours by CACCF.  As mentioned above, the bonus practice sessions are not included in the education hours.

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.

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 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. In 2016, Kristin also partnered with 
Brené Brown, Ph.D.,  to develop and co-facilitate an online course on Self-Compassion.

Kristin is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s journey to Mongolia where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.

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 book
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.

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Fierce Self-Compassion 
with Kristin Neff, PhD, Self-Compassion Expert


Oct 2 & Oct 9, 2020 (2 part workshop)
10am - 1pm ET     *Convert to your Time Zone

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​​​​​​​​​​​Instructor: Kristin Neff, PhD​
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $199 CAD + 13% HST (=$224.87) by Sept 1, 2020
Regular Cost: $225 CAD + 13% HST (=$254.25) after Sept 1, 2020
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.74 USD (as of July 3, 2020 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2020 at 7 pm ET

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Kristin Neff's work has changed my life, not just as a scholar and a researcher but also as a mom, a partner, and a friend.”
– Brené Brown, Ph.D, LMSW