Mindful Self-Compassion

with Carol Hendershot and April Hadley
Early Sign Up $395 through October 19
Class Registration
$435 beginning October 20
Scholarships Available

Repeating MSC – $100 Off
Taking a second GRCFM class – $50 Off
Discounts can’t be combined

Free Information Sessions:
Thursday, October 11 or 18, 9:30 – 11 am – Mindful Counseling GR – Carol
Thursday, October 11 or 18, 6:30 – 8 pm – Women’s Health Center – April

October Class Schedule:

Thursdays, October 25 – December 13, 9:30 am – 12 pm – Mindful Counseling GR
Thursdays, October 25 – December 13, 6:30 – 9 pm – Women’s Health Center
Includes one all day Retreat – Saturday, December 1, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Women’s Health Center


Learn how to respond to difficult moments with kindness, understanding and forgiveness instead of self-criticism or self-hatred. Cultivate self-compassion with mindfulness!

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), provides a powerful tool for emotional resilience by combining the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing because it allows us 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 encourages us to respond to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, care, and understanding so we can soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being.

Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable you to open yourself to the present moment and feel connected to your world.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”
~ Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness.

  • Kindness opens our hearts to suffering  so we can give ourselves what we need.
  • Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness so that we know we aren’t alone.
  • Mindfulness opens us to the present moment so we can accept our experience with greater ease.

Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Practice self-compassion in daily life
    • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
    • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
    • Manage caregiver fatigue
    • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
Mindful Self-Compassion Class Details

Each of the eight weekly sessions lasts 2 ½ hours with one additional daylong session offered after the sixth week of the course. The daylong session provides participants the unique opportunity to incorporate all they have learned into an extended practice period. The next daylong session is Sunday, September 23, 2018, 9:50 am – 3:00 pm, at Women’s Health Center.

Registration Information
  • Price includes practice CDs and workbook
  • Attendance at a Free Information Session is STRONGLY recommended. Go here for more info
  • Scholarships available. Please inquire here
  • Advanced registration is required
October Class Locations:

Mindful Counseling GR
741 Kenmoor Ave NE
Suite B
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Women’s Health Center
555 MidTowne NE
Lower Level Conference Room
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Attention Healthcare Professionals: Earn up to 27.5 Continuing EducationISG Credits for participation in MSC Classes!

VISIT MSC for Health Care Professionals for Details 

Questions? Call 616-361-3660 or email us info@grcfm.com