Join us for a 4 day webinar!

This program is taught by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, co-developers of the empirically supported Mindful Self- Compassion program and authors of #1 best selling “The Mindful Self Compassion Workbook”

The workshop is aimed specifically at psychotherapists wanting to integrate self-compassion into their work. Participants of this workshop will be taught over four days (in three hour sessions) online via Zoom.

Register Early, seats are limited!


The first two sessions 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 two sessions focus 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). Self-compassion is a portable, internal 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

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 11 continuing education contact hours.

Workshop Schedule*:

Monday, Aug 17, 11:00-2:00pm EDT, Kristin
Tuesday, Aug 18, 11:00-2:00pm EDT, Kristin
Wednesday, Aug 19, 11:00-2:00pm EDT, Chris & Marta
Thursday, Aug 20, 11:00-2:00pm EDT, Chris & Marta

*A premium aspect of this training is the unique opportunity to engage in virtual practice group sessions while going through this program. Most trainings do not include this kind of opportunity. Cassondra Graff, M.S., LCSW, Certified MSC teacher and mentor will be facilitating a one-hour practice group after each 3-hour training session on all four program days. We encourage you to attend. These group sessions are offered freely and are part of the program. Each day will have an additional 1 hours training after the presentations.  These extra practice 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. On August 17 and 18 the practice group sessions will support your individual self-compassion practice. On August 19 and 20 there will be group discussion to further explore clinical applications of self-compassion with an emphasis on understanding and integrating self-compassion principles, practices and themes. In all four practice groups you can expect to:

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

To attend, you can simply stay online at the conclusion of the training and you will be part of the group.

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.

Marta Alonso

Marta Alonso is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specialized in mindfulness and compassion treatments. She is the director of Global-C, clinical center where she works with her patients and groups applying mindfulness and compassion based treatments since 2007. Member of the Executive Board of the Center For MSC. MSC Teacher Trainer and MFY Teacher Trainer and Mentor, completed the MSC teacher training itinerary in Massachusetts in its first edition, and being the first certified teacher in Spanish language. She is a teacher of mindfulness and compassion in clinical practice in the main Spanish universities and holds a 3 year-long Specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy by the Sociedad Española de Psicopatología y Psicoterapia del Niño y el Adolescente. Trained on MBCT and CFT too. She has taught nearly 54 editions of the MSC program which he introduced together with Dr. Vicente Simón in Spain, being pioneers in taking compassion programs in the Hispanic world and Iberoamerica.

Cassondra Graff MS, LCSW

Through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion CMSC, a non-profit organization and UCSD Center for Mindfulness. She offers Mindfulness and Compassion trainings nationally and internationally. Cassondra received her Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York and is a licensed psychotherapist. With over 22 years of experience, Cassondra had a private practice and also mentored therapists for the California state licensing exam. Her work as a mental health professional transformed over the years, becoming mindfulness and compassion based through the integration of her extensive training and experience in meditation, mindfulness and yoga since the age of 15. Cassondra believes in the power and potential of mindful compassionate awareness to help us navigate life with greater wisdom, health and sense of well-being.

Registration Options: 

All 4 days August 17-20, 2020: $395

August 17-18, 2020: $200

August 19-20, 2020: $200

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to and will be honored as follows:

We can provide refunds if an attendee cancels at least 7 day in advance. There is a $75 fee for cancellation within the 7 days prior to event.
· Webinar registrations fees are refundable if submitted no later than 7 days before the scheduled webinar date/start time minus the $75 cancellation fee.
· Cancellations received less than 7 days before the scheduled webinar date/start time will not be refunded. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, a recording of the webinar will be sent to you by email within two weeks following the live webinar.
· In the rare event that we need to cancel a webinar due to circumstances beyond our control, we will make every effort to notify attendees with as much advance notice as possible. Attendees will be given the opportunity to either transfer to another webinar or obtain a full refund.

We don’t provide refunds due to:
·Attendee technology problems
It is the responsibility of the webinar attendee to test their computer setup prior to the start of the webinar. If a technical failure at your home or workplace prevents access to the live webinar, you are not eligible for a refund. If the technical problem is due to our error, we will consider issuing a refund.
·Attendee email issues
Refunds will not be issued in cases where an attendee did not receive the webinar login instruction email due to issues like restricted emails, bounced emails, or any other system issues. It is the attendee’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 webinar
·No shows
Attendees who do not participate in the live webinar will not be entitled to a refund.