Mindful Self-Compassion training offered in Bellingham.
26 CE credits available for healthcare professionals.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).
MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.
Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.
MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.
Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.
In MSC you will learn:
- How to stop being so hard on yourself
- How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
- How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
- Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
- The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
- How to become your own best teacher
A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.
8 classroom sessions: Thursday mornings 9 am - 11:45 am, January 17 - March 14 (skipping February 28)
1 extended session: Saturday February 23, 10 AM - 4 PM
Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
Red Cedar Dharma Hall
1021 N Forest St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(map and directions)
Retreat day (Saturday, February 23rd):
Semiahmoo County Park near Blaine
9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy
Blaine, WA 98230
(map and directions)
$340 - $520 sliding scale fee (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).
The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).
Up to 26 CE credits are available for an additional $85 fee. Please see "Continuing Education Credits" below.
Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).
Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.
REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.
For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.
Continuing Education Credits
Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group. For full details, and to register for CE credits, please visit ISG's CE credit registration page.
Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dieticians, and Nurses.
For mental health professionals:
International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists. ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content. The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.
International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses. ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content. The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes. This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.
More Details & Registration:
For full details, and to register for CE credits, please visit ISG's CE credit registration page.
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