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A healthy mind is a self-compassionate mind

Mindfulness and Self-compassion Intensive for Professionals 5-Day Training Workshop in Canberra, Sydney and Gold Coast

Give yourself the gift of Mindful Self-Compassion for a better personal and work life!

Navigate the stress in your life with more ease!

Increase resilience and well being!

Click here for the list of dates, cost and locations of our upcoming  5-day intensive training workshops in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Compassion is the essence of Mindfulness and the bedrock of emotional healing.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an outstanding didactic and experiential new training workshop where you learn the powerful practices of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion from inside out: that is by applying Mindful Self-Compassion in your life, you can better use it in your professional work for more effective engagement and interventions.

In this intensive training workshop you will be presented with new evidence-based strategies to manage stress, anxiety, depression, pain and other conditions but as well you will be introduced to new powerful micro self-care practices.  The aim of the workshops is two-fold: firstly, to enhance professional skills and secondly, to apply self-care practices so that at the end of the workshop you feel refreshed and revitalised.

The research indicates that health professionals benefit from mindfulness and self-compassion:

  • strengthens their relationships with clients/patients,
  • reduces the chances of empathetic distress fatigue and burnout and
  • increase their resilience and well-being.

Mindfulness increases our ability to deal with the inevitable stresses and struggles with more calm and balance. When we add Self-Compassion to Mindfulness we greatly increase the power of transformation and capacity for happiness. Mindful Self-Compassion is about being present with connection and warmth during times of pain and struggles. During the training program, you will be introduced to 30 powerful simple 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. Mindful Self-Compassion is about learning to ease difficult emotions, care for others compassionately and be more fully ourselves in our roles. Mindful self-compassion has transformed the lives of many professionals as well as their clients.

This Mindful Self-Compassion training program is targeted at professionals who would like to feel more calm, vibrant and compassionate from the inside out. As professionals, we know the power of compassion.  We use it every day when we care for others. It contains what we all yearn for… feelings of acceptance, comfort, kindness and love. But what would happens if we turn this power onto ourselves? Mindful Self-compassion(MSC) is a brave new way to care for ourselves that is uplifting and empowering. The training program consists of easy, 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 transforms lives. It is redefined as the ability to care, to soothe and to comfort but also to strengthen when it is needed. It is revolutionizing self-care and emotional coping skills in psychology. Mindful Self-Compassion is a new skill building program to cultivate our inner strengths; to courageously attend to 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 more effectively.

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. 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 when difficult feelings arise(mindfulness) a how to by-pass our negative thinking bias or default mode for better problem-solving.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is empirically supported by research. This training program is designed to cultivate the skill of mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. It includes the latest techniques from the science of well-being and positive psychology.  Mindful Self-Compassion teaches practices, to respond to difficult moments with kindness, understanding and resilience.

Participation in this 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 training program, they have successfully integrated concepts and practices from various mindfulness-based models such as 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 training course is for everyone but is very popular with professionals who value and wish to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into their work. This Mindful Self-Compassion program is endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers(AASW) and promoted on the Australian Psychological Society(APS) on the calendar of events.

Mindful 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 self-compassion 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
   - Promote 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
 

Training objectives

After participating in this 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
     - Manage stress, anxiety, anger, guilt and shame with greater ease to resolve challenges
     - Begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new
     - Manage burnout, caregiver fatigue and vicarious trauma
     - Learn from your failures and inadequacies with understanding and kindness
     - Become more aware and able to attend skillfully to your needs and the needs of others
     - Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
     - Teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, clients, students, children or partners

What to Expect                                                              

The emphasis in Mindful 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 Mindful Self-Compassion classes, 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, which include some MBSR and MBCT components while adding self-compassion supporting 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 50-page manual hand out and mp3audio 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, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners,  teachers, trainers, coaches, nurses, lawyers, accountants and others who wish to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their personal life and in their work practices.

Training content

The training program includes:

  • guided meditations, visualizations, talks, experiential exercises, self-reflective writing, group discussions, strategies, tools, and suggested home practices.
  • 11 meditation and informal practices mp3downloads
  • a 50-page handout manual with many easy tools that only take a few seconds to apply throughout the day to ease the stress.

Various new mindfulness meditations will also be presented such as "affectionate breathing", "loving kindness", "compassionate friend", "giving and receiving compassion", "compassionate mindful walking" and many others.

The program will explore the following: definition and research on Mindful Self-Compassion, clinical practices of Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness, de-fusion of inner critic, promotion of inner compassionate voice, strengths and  core values, regulation of difficult emotions, transformation of challenging relationships, forgiveness and self-forgiveness, self-care and savoring, appreciation practices to re-wire the brain for greater happiness and flourishing.

What mindful self-compassion is not:

The Mindful Self-Compassion 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 program is on skill building to enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.

2-Day Mindfulness and Self-Compassion workshop:

The Mindfulness and Self-Compassion 2-day workshop consist of the first two days ( part1:14hours of CPD) of the 5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion workshop. Participants who cannot attend 5 consecutive days, can enrol in the first two days of the workshop and then register for Mindful Self-Compassion part 2 to complete the program. The cost for part 1 and part 2 are similar.

The difference between a Mindful Self-Compassion 4-day workshop or a 5-day workshop.

The whole content of the Mindful Self-Compassion program can be covered over 4 days. However, when it is possible we also offer 5-day workshop to include a half-day of continuous mindfulness and self-compassion guided practices(half-day silent retreat). Attendance to either of those workshops fulfil one of the requirement to attend the teacher training program which will  be conducted in Australia near Sydney in early April 2017

Participant Guidelines
The Mindful Self-Compassion workshop is an adventure in self-discovery and personal growth. During the program, participants can open up to their struggles in a way that is soothing and comforting to uncover inner strengths. The group comes together to provide a safe, supportive, confidential environment to develop compassion for ourselves and for others.

Reading
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

Needs Assessment
Mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular in the general population but also becoming more integrated in 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 for 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.

This program is targeting professionals. Completing this Mindful Self-Compassion Course satisfies one of the prerequisite for becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher.

Continued Professional Development(CPD)

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

Accommodation

All workshops are non-residential.

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