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Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice

Apr 27, 2013 8:45 am -
Apr 27, 2013 4:30 pm

Event Description

Master Series in Clinical Practice

Jointly sponsored by The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Major Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series at a reduced tuition or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice.

Christopher Germer, PhD, instructor

Self-compassion is a simple, yet remarkably elusive, state of mind. It entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism. Self-compassion also means holding our difficulties in mindful awareness. It’s an antidote to relentless striving to “improve” or “fix” ourselves, which often exacerbates emotional difficulties. Clinicians often wonder how they can help their patients feel less vulnerable between sessions - how to make therapy “rub off”. The art of self-compassion is a portable, therapeutic relationship (self-to-self) that can be taught to clients. Therapists can also practice self-compassion themselves, to deepen therapeutic presence, to enjoy clinical work more thoroughly and for an overall sense of well-being. Self-compassion is a key element of mindfulness when we contact suffering.  Over the past few years, mindfulness has become mainstream in the general population and is being increasingly integrated into professional practice (e.g., mental health, medical care, education, business, law). As the demand grows, the demand for quality professional training in these practices and techniques is growing each year.  Self-compassion is a “trending health term” (Reader’s Digest, 2012) and an area of burgeoning research that is following in the wake of mindfulness.  However, misunderstandings about self-compassion abound, such as conceptual confusion with self-esteem, self-indulgence and existing notions of self-care.  Research has shown that self-compassion enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, helps to maintain healthy habits such as diet and exercise and is related to better personal relationships. A recent metanalysis of the research demonstrated that self-compassion is an important explanatory variable for understanding mental health and emotional resilience (MacBeth & Gumley, 2012).

Despite impressive scientific evidence for the connection between self-compassion and emotional wellbeing, explicit training in the skill of self-compassion is relatively rare.  Dr. Germer co-developed an 8-week training program in self-compassion modeled on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kabat-Zinn, 1990).  A randomized, controlled trial of the self-compassion program showed that self-compassion training increases mindfulness, self-compassion, life satisfaction and compassion for others and decreases anxiety and depression (Neff & Germer, in press).  Key principles and practices of this self-compassion training program will be taught to participants on this course.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

      • Describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
      • Respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
      • Transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
      • Integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
      • Demonstrate simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

Program Code: MS58
6 CE/CME Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton

Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychother­apy since 1978. Dr. Germer is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding mem­ber of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He lectures internation­ally on mindfulness and self-compas­sion, is a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Com­passion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

Register for multiple programs at the same time and save!

Use the appropriate discount code (below) during checkout to receive proper discount.

Note: We suggest that you write down the appropriate discount code noted in red so that you have it available during the registration checkout process.

Cost per program 1 program 2 programs* 3 programs*
Doctoral Level Professionals
$225 each
$195 each
$185 each
Master’s Level Professionals
$195 each
$175 each
$165 each
Fellows, Interns, Students,
Unemployed & Retired Professionals
$115 each
$100 each
$85 each

*Only for Master Series attendees who register for multiple dates at the same time.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Master Series (Clinical)
Early registration ends on Aug 22, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Aug 23, 2012 and ends on Apr 16, 2013.
Late registration starts on Apr 17, 2013.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Doctoral Level Professionals
Member Fee: $225.00$225.00$225.00
Non-Member Fee: $225.00$225.00$225.00
 Master's Level Professionals
Member Fee: $195.00$195.00$195.00
Non-Member Fee: $195.00$195.00$195.00
 Fellow's, Interns, Students, Unemployed & Retired Professionals
Member Fee: $115.00$115.00$115.00
Non-Member Fee: $115.00$115.00$115.00

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