Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training

Brattleboro , Vermont
Thursday, May 17, 2012


 What  Brattleboro Retreat participants said in 2009 when Drs. Germer and Neff presented "Self-Compassion and Clinical Practice":

"Wonderful! Encouraging. Can be applied to any modality."

"This was an amazing workshop. Both presenters were articulate, authentic, brilliant - a great team. Thank you!"

"Great job. Both speakers were engaging, responsive, and embodied the practice of compassion and self-compassion. They made good use of experiential exercises and mulit-media."

"Both speakers are very dynamic presenters. Very knowledgeable and passionate about their topics. I would highly recommend this conference to others."

"This was a workshop that beautifully balanced both academic ideas and clinical applications."

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training
Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:30 AM -
Friday, May 18, 2012 4:00 PM

The Brattleboro Retreat
One Anna Marsh Lane
P.O. Box 803
Brattleboro , Vermont 05302
United States

Map and Directions
This workshop presents the theory and core practices of the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, a new program specifically designed to help people become more self-compassionate.  Research has shown that self-compassion reduces anxiety and depression, boosts happiness, and helps individuals maintain their diet and exercise routines. Clinicians will learn the art of mindful self-compassion to enhance their own health and wellbeing, and will be able to teach simple skills to patients as an adjunct to psychotherapy.

Thursday morning
Discovering Self-Compassion

What’s self-compassion?  What it isn’t.
The Self-Compassion Break

Thursday afternoon
Practicing Loving Awareness

What’s mindfulness?  What it isn’t.
Default Network
Three Skills of Mindfulness Meditation
Loving-Kindness Meditation
Stages of Progress in Therapy

Friday morning
       Practicing Self-Compassion

        Discovering a Compassionate Voice
Managing Difficult Emotions
    Transforming Challenging Relationships
       Compassion Fatigue

Friday afternoon
Integrating Self-Compassion into Therapy

The Therapeutic Relationship
Clinical Interventions
Discussion Groups 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

 1.  Identify the three main components of self-compassion.

2.  Describe the relationship of mindfulness to self-compassion.

3.  Practice core self-compassion skills for therapist well-being.

4.  Teach patients exercises to enhance self-compassion.

Christopher K. Germer, PhD
is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy.

Kristin Neff, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Pioneer for the field of self-compassion research and author of the book,  Self-Compassion, she is also featured in the award-winning documentary “The Horse Boy”, which chronicles her family’s adventure with autism.


Contact Information

  • Please contact Gay Maxwell
     with any questions:

Payment Instructions

  • If you prefer to pay by check,
    Mail in registration fees are as follows:

    Paid 30 days or more prior to event: $260
    Paid less than thirty days prior to event: $280

     On-line discounts do not apply with mail-in registration



    Follow this link to download our registration form and return to:
    The Brattleboro Retreat,
    Continuing Education,
    P.O. Box 803, Brattleboro, VT 05302

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