With Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD
May 24 - 29, 2020
This program has been rescheduled to May 30 – June 4, 2021. Find details on Hollyhock’s response to the pandemic here.
Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty.
Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with greater emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
- describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
- motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
- relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
- respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
- begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
- practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
- integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
- teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients
This program is an intensive skills-training program. It is a condensed version of the eight-week, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness—offering periods of instruction, periods of practice (meditations, exercises, and written reflections), and periods of group sharing.
This is not a silent retreat. Participants can expect to meet for two sessions a day, three hours each, with plenty of breaks and spaciousness for rest, reflection, connecting with community, or enjoying time in nature. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. The program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.
I have been given a window into a different way of perceiving myself, a kinder, more tender self-perception. And for that I will forever be grateful. – Tuval, 2019
Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 24.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirements.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 contact hours.
Continuing Education Credit
The cost for CEs for this program is $40.00. If you are interested in earning Continuing Education Credit for this program, please email Megan at [email protected]
Megan Prager, MA, is Co-Founder of Mindful Labs and Compassion Programs Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a Certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor (CCT), a Compassion for Couples Instructor (CFC), and an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University. She is also a Teacher Trainer and Mentor for the UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute and for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs, Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well…
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Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD, is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). He first encountered loving-kindness meditation, one of the core elements of MSC, through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2010. From there, he gradually found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work, and was invited to be part of the CMSC’s first teacher training course, led by Chris Germer, Kristin Neff, Michelle Becker, and Steven Hickman in 2014. Martin recently co-taught the first full run of MSC for men, and will be co-teaching a Globally Engaged MSC Intensive in Kenya in 2019. Martin adds: “Practicing self-compassion has transformed my…
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