MSC for Healthcare Professionals

(CE/CPE Credit Only)

apa-logoISGTo Purchase ​CE/CPE Credit: Up to 26.5 credit hours $80.00

Target Audience:
Social Work
Marriage & Family Therapy
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APA Logo_origPresenter(s):
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.

Mindful Self-Compassion Learning Objectives

  • Define the construct of self-compassion and identify misconceptions
  • Practice breath meditation to calm the autonomic nervous system
  • Apply mindfulness in everyday life to reduce stress
  • Describe how emotional resistance creates unnecessary distress.
  • Explain why difficult emotions may arise during compassion training
  • Employ behavioral mindfulness and self-compassion to establish emotional safety
  • Articulate the relationship of mindfulness to self-compassion
  • Define the empirical constructs of loving-kindness and compassion
  • Practice loving-kindness and compassion to reduce stress in daily life
  • Practice loving-kindness as a formal meditation and in daily life.
  • Identify stages of progress on the path to self-compassion
  • Enhance motivation by activating self-compassion rather than self-criticism
  • Practice breath meditation to sustain and enhance empathic connection in psychotherapy
  • Recognize core values and apply strategies for adhering to core values in daily life
  • Practice compassion to communicate effectively during difficult conversations
  • Employ mindfulness and compassion strategies to manage challenging emotions
  • Explain the meaning of shame and how self-compassion is an antidote to shame
  • Apply self-compassion to meet unmet emotional needs in personal relationships.
  • Utilize self-compassion and equanimity practices to alleviate caregiving fatigue
  • Practice savoring, gratitude and self-appreciation to correct the negativity bias
  • Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices to clients and patients