Luciano Conference Center
Rowan College of South Jersey, Cumberland Campus
3322 College Dr
Vineland, New Jersey 08360

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This 2-day program is taught by two leaders in the field of self-compassion, the pioneering researcher, Kristin Neff, and a leading expert in mindfulness- and compassion-based therapy, Christopher Germer.  Together, they developed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, an 8-week, empirically supported training that has been taught to over 100,000 people around the world. The first day of this workshop is an overview of the theory and research on self-compassion by Kristin Neff, along with key practices from the MSC program.  The second day focuses on integrating self-compassion into psychotherapy, taught by Christopher Germer.

Self-compassion can be integrated into psychotherapy by (1) how therapists relate to themselves (compassionate presence), (2) how therapists relate to their clients (compassionate relationship), and (3) how clients relate to themselves (home practice). Clinicians often wonder how they can help their patients feel less vulnerable between sessions – how to make therapy “rub off” more quickly.  Self-compassion is a portable, therapeutic relationship that can be learned by anyone.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Define the empirical construct of self-compassion, and identify misconceptions
  2. Describe how self-compassion relates to mindfulness
  3. Review the research supporting self-compassion for emotional wellbeing
  4. Practice self-compassion in daily life
  5. Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  6. Describe key principles for integrating self-compassion into psychotherapy.
  7. Identify unique challenges and opportunities for trauma survivors in compassion-based treatment
  8. Enhance the therapeutic relationship through compassion and self-compassion practices during the clinical hour.
  9. Describe the neurobiology of empathic distress and apply self-compassion to alleviate empathy fatigue.
  10. Describe unique challenges and opportunities for trauma survivors in compassion-based treatment.
  11. Identify the emotion of shame in psychotherapy and apply a positive, compassionate-based approach to working with shame
  12. Teach clients self-compassion techniques for home practice that emerge seamlessly from therapy and can be practiced at home.

About Our Speakers:

Dr. Kristin Neff

Dr. Neff studied communications as an undergraduate at the University of California at Los Angeles. She did her graduate work at University of California at Berkeley, studying moral development with Dr. Elliot Turiel. Her dissertation research was conducted in Mysore, India, where she examined children’s moral reasoning. She then spent two years of post-doctoral study with Dr. Susan Harter at Denver University, studying issues of authenticity and self-concept development. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. During Kristin’s last year of graduate school she became interested in Buddhism, and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion — a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, cocreated with her colleague Chris Germer, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is called “Mindful Self-Compassion”. Her book,” Self-Compassion,” was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.

Chris Germer PHD

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-developer 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.


Adults Only

For consideration of other attendees, adults only, no children.

Room Temperature

Room Temperature varies; Please dress in layers.

ADA Accommodations

If you require ADA Accommodations, please contact our office at least 7 days in advance of the event so that we can ensure accommodations are made.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration up to 10 days before the workshop and receive a full refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs in less than 10 days prior to the event, there is no refund. Also, if the event for some reason is canceled, the presenter is ill, only the cost of the tuition will be refunded, no hotel, travel, or any other costs. Should you decide not to attend for any reason, the registration is NOT refundable or transferable to another future event.

August 20-21, 2020 — 9:00am-5:00pm

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