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"Compassion is the essence of Mindfulness and the bedrock of emotional healing". The Mindfulness and Self-Compassion training program is an outstanding didactic and experiential workshop. The aim is to learn the powerful practices of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion from inside out: that is by applying Mindful Self-Compassion in our lives, we can better use it in our professional work for more effective engagement and interventions.
Mindfulness increases our ability to deal with the inevitable stresses and struggles with more calm. When we add Self-Compassion to Mindfulness we greatly increase the power of transformation and capacity for happiness.
Mindfulness and self-compassion are about being present with connection and warmth during times of pain and struggles. During the training program, you will be introduced to 16 practical tools to soothe, to calm as well as strategies to promote emotional strength, resilience, flexibility, acceptance and positive motivation that you can practice in your daily life and teach your clients. Mindfulness and Self-Compassion are about learning to ease difficult emotions, care for others compassionately, so we can be more fully ourselves in our roles.
This Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Training Program is targeted at professionals who would like to feel more calm, vibrant and compassionate from the inside out.
Mindful Self-compassion is a brave new way to care for ourselves that is uplifting and empowering. The training program consists of simple ways to soothe and calm in times of stress while increasing the ability to resolve challenges and to enjoy life. Once we can learn those skills for ourselves we can teach them effectively to others. Everyone will benefit!
Self-compassion can transform lives. It is redefined as the ability to care, to soothe and to comfort the but also to strengthen the self when it is needed. It is revolutionizing self-care and emotional coping skills in behavioural medicine and psychology. Mindful Self-Compassion is a new skill building training program to cultivate inner strengths. It is a way to courageously attend to inner difficulties with understanding and kindness to empower the self. Developing self-compassion is to acquire an attitude of goodwill towards the self and to be able to skillfully attend to the self when times are tough in order to resolve challenges.
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion is not sainthood, self-indulgence, narcissism or self-pity but a new way to relate to shame, anger, anxiety and distress by reconnecting with the self and others in order to ease pain and gain greater emotional strength, resilience and well-being. Training in the practice of self-compassion can create dramatic changes for the better in all aspects. Mindful Self-Compassion teaches how to be aware in the present moment of difficult feelings (mindfulness), to by-pass negative thinking bias or default mode to respond more effectively. Mindful Self-Compassion teaches practices to attend to the self in the difficult moments of kindness, understanding and resilience.
This 2-Day training workshop consists of the first two days of the Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day program co-created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer following many years of research and clinical experience with mindfulness. It includes various up to date practices and evidenced-based concepts found in other well known mindfulness-based programs and from the science of well-being and positive psychology.
Participation in the Mindful Self-Compassion training program has been extraordinary; thousands of health professionals have attended similar workshops in Australia, America and Europe since 2013. Mindful Self-Compassion was developed by Christopher K. Germer, leader in the integration of compassion and psychotherapy and Kristin Neff, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. In this one program, they have successfully integrated concepts and practices from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy(ACT), Compassionate mind training + Compassion-Focused Therapy(CFT) and Cognitive Therapy(CBT) as well as Positive Psychology.
This program was designed for everyone but is very popular with professionals who value and wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. The full program is endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and promoted on the Australian Psychologist Society(APS) on the calendar of events.
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone. Self-compassion is a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-absorption. It promotes social and emotional intelligence, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with self-kindness, practice self-forgiveness when needed as well as relate wholeheartedly to others and be more authentically ourselves.
Research findings over the last 30 years support the benefits of the practice of mindfulness, meditation and more recently self-compassion by promoting better health, well-being, satisfying relationships and higher functioning at home and in the work place. More specifically it:
- Increases resilience to stress, fostering emotional strengths and flexibility
- Promotes emotional regulation, relaxation and calm
- Activates brain circuits to promote well-being, confidence, problem-solving and creativity
- Reduces risk of illness by boosting the positive effects of the vagus nerve and strengthening the immune system
- Promotes healthy lifestyle habits such as diet/exercise, to assist in maintaining healthy weight
- Increases happiness, curiosity, enthusiasm, commitment, inspiration, and excitement, while decreasing negative emotions
- Promotes better communication, social intelligence and stronger relationships
- Increases ability to focus, to concentrate, to be open to new ways, to innovate
- Promotes leadership skills
- Increases life satisfaction, social connectedness, vitality, optimism and joy of living
After participating in this training workshop, you’ll be able to:
- Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
- Cultivate feelings of goodwill, kindness and warmth towards self and others
- Motivate yourself and others with encouragement rather than harsh self-criticism
- Handle difficult emotions with greater resilience
- Become more aware and able to attend skillfully to your needs and the needs of others
- Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices to patients, clients, students, children
What to Expect
The emphasis in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion training is on learning mindfulness and self-compassion practices to build emotional resources. We become stronger as we develop the capacity to be with our difficulties and with ourselves, in a mindful compassionate way enabling us to deal more effectively with challenges. During the Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Workshop, the goal is for participants to directly experience and learn practices that evoke mindfulness and self-compassion that they can practice in their daily activities to transform their lives. The program was developed by Chris Germer and Kristen Neff based on the MBSR and MBCT adding the element of self-compassion based on the latest neuroscience research findings.
During the program, you will learn formal and informal practices which mean ways to practice mindfulness and self-compassion throughout your day for a minute or so at the time as well as the more formal mindfulness meditation which require 15-20 minutes of dedicated time.
To assist in your learning you will be provided with a manual handout and a disk to support your home practices.
Who is it for
Mindful Self-Compassion was initially designed for everyone, however, the program has been very popular among professionals such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, medical practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, teachers, trainers, coaches, nurses, lawyers, accountant and so on, who wish to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their personal life and in their work practices.
The Mindfulness and Self-Compassion training workshop consists of:
Various new mindfulness meditations are also presented such as "affectionate breathing", "loving kindness", "compassionate friend" and others.
The training program will include the following: definitions and the science of Self-Compassion, new research and practices in Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness, de-fusion of inner-critic and creating a compassionate inner voice.
The Mindful Self-Compassion training program is not group therapy, although participants are encouraged to share their experiences on the path of mindful self-compassion which can be very healing. The emphasis of the training program is on skill building to enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.
This 2-day workshop is the first part of the 5-day MSC training program. It is possible to do part 2 of a future Mindful Self-Compassion to complete the program. The costs of part 1 and part 2 are the same. For more information please contact us
The Mindfulness and Self-Compassion training workshop is an adventure in self-discovery and personal growth. During the program, we can open up to our struggles in a way that is soothing and comforting to uncover our inner strengths. The group comes together to provide a safe, supportive, confidential environment to develop compassion for ourselves and for others.
It is recommended, but not required, that participants read one the following books before the training program:
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer
The compassionate mind by Paul Gilbert
Mindful compassion by Paul Gilbert
Mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular in the general population but also becoming more integrated with professional practices such as in mental health, medical care and education. The demand for training is increasing each year. Self-Compassion is a newer concept that is also gaining in popularity, with an explosion of research demonstrating the benefits of emotional well-being and healthy lifestyle. This program is a new empirically-supported self-compassion skill training program in Australia for everyone including health professionals.
Continuing Professional Development(CPD)
A certificate providing the number of hours attended (14) will be provided for trainers or professionals requiring evidence of Continuing Professional Development Certificates(CPD) (i.e. psychologists, social workers, teachers, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapist etc.)
New Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training Course coming to Australia
This program is targeting at professionals. Completing the 4 or 5-day Mindful Self-Compassion Course satisfies one of the prerequisites for becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher.
Professional Education and Teacher Training
A Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate providing the number of hours attended will be given to everyone including trainers and professionals requiring evidence of professional development training (i.e. psychologists, social workers, teachers, medical practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapist etc.). The 4-day workshop provides 28 CPD hours while the 5-day workshop consists of 32 CPD hours
All workshops are non-residential.
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