​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

​Self-compassion is an important inner resource that increases resilience during challenging and difficult times. It involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement when we struggle, fail, or feel inadequate. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, better coping, healthy habits, more satisfying relationships, and lower levels of anxiety and depression. Developing this resource is especially important now, as people are growing weary after months of dealing with changes, uncertainty and losses related to the pandemic. 

Many helping professionals have been introduced to the concept of self-compassion, but they may not have been taught how to explicitly integrate this knowledge into clinical practice. Self-compassion can be integrated into clinical work by (1) how clinicians relate to themselves (compassionate presence), (2) how clinicians relate to their clients (compassionate relationship), and (3) how clients relate to themselves (home practice).

In addition to helping clients increase resilience, self-compassion is a powerful resource for clinicians. It enables clinicians to maintain emotional balance in the midst of challenging clinical work, to enjoy their work and their clients more fully, to be fully present and attuned with their clients, and to prevent caregiver fatigue.

This two-part interactive workshop will offer clinicians core skills and practices to cultivate self-compassion as a foundation for therapeutic relationships, self-care and to teach to clients. 

Learning Objectives:


  • Describe key principles for integrating self-compassion into clinical practice
  • Identify unique challenges and opportunities for trauma survivors in compassion-based treatment
  • Enhance the therapeutic relationship through compassion and self-compassion practices during the clinical hour
  • Describe the neurobiology of empathic distress and apply self-compassion to alleviate empathy fatigue.
  • Identify the emotion of shame in psychotherapy and apply a positive, compassionate-based approach to working with shame
  • Teach clients self-compassion techniques for home practice that emerge seamlessly from therapy and can be practiced at home


Who Should Attend?


Helping professionals who have already been introduced to the practice of mindful self-compassion and the research to support it**, either through attending one of Kristin Neff's self-compassion workshops, attending a mindful self-compassion (MSC) group or training, or equivalent.

**If you have not taken training in mindful self-compassion but would still like to take this course, please email us and we can provide some suggestions of resources to get you caught up**


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!

About the Presenters


Dr. Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-developer (with Kristin Neff) of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which has been taught to over 100,000 people around the globe, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and co-author (with Kristin Neff) of Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.  He is also a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Dr. Germer is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He teaches and leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and compassion, and has a private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.


For more more information about Chris and his work: www.chrisgermer.com


​Dr. Shari Geller, PhD, is an author, teacher, and clinical psychologist. She is the founder of the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program and is a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her publications include: A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence and Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy (co-authored with Leslie Greenberg). Dr. Geller serves on the teaching faculty in Health Psychology at York University and in the Applied Mindfulness Program at the University of Toronto. She is the co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH), in Toronto, Canada. 


For more information about Shari and her work: www.sharigeller.ca



​​​​Instructor: Chris Germer, PhD, and Shari Geller, PhD​
Location: Online Line Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $199 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by March 26, 2021
Regular Cost: $225 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after March 26, 2021
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.79 USD (as of January 10, 2021 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 22, 2021 at 12 pm ET

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts 
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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 direct education hours (6), not including breaks. 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. 


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.

Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice


ONLINE LIVE STREAM EVENT


April 26 & 27, 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm  ET*
2-part workshop, 3.25 hours per session

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