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Mindful Self-Compassion
CE / CPE Information


Up to 26 CE or CPE credits are available to Mindful Self-Compassion class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group.

Presenter(s):

  • Tim Burnett, Certified MSC Instructor (UC San Diego) OR
  • Richard Johnson, Trained MSC Instructor (Center for Mindful Self-Compassion) OR
  • Oori Silberstein, Trained MSC Instructor (Center for Mindful Self-Compassion)

​CE/CPE Credit: Up to 26 credit hours

Target Audience:

  • Psychologists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Clinical Social workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Nurses

Learning Level: Introductory

​Course Type: Live Program



Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8-Week holistic wellness program that combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance emotional resilience. Participants learn to turn toward and acknowledge difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, and confusion) with mindfulness, and respond with kindness rather than self-criticism. Research has shown that self-compassion enhances emotional well-being.

This course is based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff, PhD, and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, PhD. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to open to the present moment, feel connected to self and others, and respond with compassion.

Psychologists, mental health professionals, nurses, and other healthcare professionals benefit by exploring the latest research in self-compassion and mindfulness, by discovering how these practices can be integrated under the umbrella of self-compassion training, by learning skills that they can practice themselves for personal well-being, and by enhancing their professional skills in domains such as therapy, teaching, or research. There are now over 1200 articles in peer-reviewed journals that show the efficacy of these practices in mental health.


Mindful Self-Compassion Learning Objectives

Class 1

  1. Define the construct of self-compassion and identify misconceptions
  2. Practice Soothing Touch meditation.
  3. Practice Self-Compassion Break meditation.

Class 2

  1. Define mindfulness.
  2. Define emotional resistance (e.g. "backdraft") and how it creates unnecessary stress.
  3. List mindful and self-compassionate ways of working through emotional resistance.

Class 3

  1. Define loving-kindness.
  2. Practice an Awakening Our Hearts meditation in dyads.
  3. Practice a Loving-Kindness for a Loved One meditation.

Class 4

  1. Practice the Loving-Kindness for ourselves meditation in class
  2. Identify the three typical stages of progress in mindful self-compassion training.
  3. List the "adaptive" functions of self-criticism and how to motivate ourselves with compassion instead.

Class 5

  1. Practice a "Giving and Receiving Compassion" meditation.
  2. Identify one's core values, and strategies to adhere to them in daily life.
  3. Identify the hidden value in suffering.

Class 6

  1. Practice a Loving-Kindness to Ourselves meditation.
  2. List the three components for managing difficult emotions
  3. Define shame and how self-compassion is the antidote for shame.

Silent Retreat

  1. Practice Gentle Mindful Yoga in Class
  2. Practice the Compassionate Body Scan in Class
  3. Practice the Sense and Savor Walk in Class
  4. Practice an Affectionate Breathing meditation.
  5. Practice a Soles of the Feet meditation.

Class 7

  1. Practice the Compassionate Friend Meditation in Class
  2. List two types of relational pain: the pain of connection and the pain of disconnection.
  3. Practice a "Meeting Unmet Needs" exercise.

Class 8

  1. Practice the Compassion for Self and Other Meditation in class
  2. Describe the "negativity bias" and how it is hardwired into our brains
  3. Practice an Appreciating Our Good Qualities meditation.

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