MSC for Healthcare Professionals


Mindful Self-Compassion
with April Hadley

Early Registration: $395 through August 10
Regular Registration: $435 beginning August 11
Scholarships Available

Class Discounts:
Repeating MSC – $100 Off
Taking a second GRCFM class – $50 Off
Summer K – 12 Educator Specials – $50 Off
Discounts can’t be combined

Free Information Sessions:
(Free Information is considered part of the Class)
Thursday, August 2 & 9, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Women’s Health Center

August Class Schedule:
Thursdays, August 16 – October 4, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Women’s Health Center
Includes one all day Retreat – Sunday, September 23, 9:50 am – 3:00 pm – Women’s Health Center


 Sign Up for CE/CPE Credits (CE/CPE Credit Only)

To Purchase CE/CPE Credit: Up to 26.5 credit hours $80.00ISGAPA logo with blurb

Up to 26.5 CEs Approved for Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, and Dietitians. ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits to psychologists.  International Seminars Group maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Target Audience: 
Social Work
Marriage & Family Therapy
Registered Dietitian

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Carol Hendershot, Certified MBSR Instructor
April Hadley, LLMSW, MBSR Instructor


Learning Level: Introductory
Course Type: Live Program, to be purchased from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness



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, confusion) with mindfulness and respond with kindness rather than self-criticism. Research has shown that self-compassion enhances emotional wellbeing.

This course is based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. 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, Social Workers, and other Mental Health 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 wellbeing, 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.

MSC Learning Objectives


  1. Define mindfulness and self-compassion
  2. Summarize the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion Course
  3. List the three components of self-compassion

Class 1

  1. Define the construct of self-compassion and identity misconceptions
  2. Practice breath meditation to soothe the autonomic nervous system
  3. Practice Soothing Touch and the Self-Compassion Break in class

Class 2

  1. Apply mindfulness in everyday life to reduce stress
  2. Describe how emotional resistance creates unnecessary distress
  3. Describe how to use mindfulness to decrease emotional resistance

Class 3

  1. Define the empirical constructs of loving-kindness and compassion
  2. Practice loving-kindness and compassion to reduce stress in daily life
  3. Practice loving-kindness as a formal meditation and in daily life

Class 4

  1. Practice the Loving-Kindness meditation for ourselves in class
  2. Identify stages of progress on the path to self-compassion
  3. Enhance motivation by activating self-compassion rather than self-criticism

Class 5

  1. Identify core values and apple strategies for adhering to core values in daily life
  2. Describe the concept of the hidden value in suffering and silver linings
  3. Practice compassion to communicate effectively during difficult conversations

Class 6

  1. Employ mindfulness and compassion strategies to manage challenging emotions
  2. List the three components for managing difficult emotions
  3. Explain the meaning of shame and how self-compassion is an antidote to 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 extended period of silence and reflection
  5. Practice the Compassionate Walking Meditation

Class 7

  1. Practice the Compassionate Friend Meditation in class
  2. Apply self-compassion to meet unmet emotional needs in personal relationships
  3. Utilize self-compassion and equanimity practices to alleviate caregiving fatigue

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 savoring, gratitude and self-appreciation to correct the negativity bias


What Can I Expect?

This highly participatory, supportive, and structured program will provide you with:

  • Guided instruction in mindful meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Daily home assignments
  • Home practice materials including downloadable guided mindfulness practice audio files and a workbook

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