Mindful Self-Compassion
with Carol Hendershot and April Kaiserlian, LMSW

Early Sign Up $495 through January 18
Class Registration $550* beginning January 19

*Payment Plans and Scholarships Available

Class Discounts:
Repeating the same class – $100 Off
Taking a second GRCFM class – $50 Off
Discounts can’t be combined

Free Information Sessions:
Tuesday, January 8 or 15, 6:30 – 8 pm – EnergyTouch Center – Carol
Wednesday, January 9 or 16, 9:30 – 11 am – Mindful Counseling GR – April

January Class Schedule:

Tuesdays, January 22 – March 12, 6:30 – 9 pm – EnergyTouch Center – Carol
Wednesdays, January 23 – March 13, 9:30 am – 12 pm – Mindful Counseling GR – April
Includes one all day Retreat – Saturday, March 2, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – EnergyTouch 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 Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, at EnergyTouch 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
January Class Locations:

Mindful Counseling GR
741 Kenmoor Ave NE
Suite B
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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EnergyTouch Center
1331 Lake Drive SE
Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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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