Mindful Self-Compassion

Live Online Eight Week Course

Elizabeth H. B. Lin MD, MPH, Lisa Baldini, PsyD

About this Event

Without awareness, some of us go through life with an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with ourselves and perhaps life itself. We may assume that if we were “more….xxx”, then we would accomplish more, be more respected, richer, and happier.  Cultivating awareness (mindfulness), and self-kindness (self-compassion), allows us to recognize, and honor ourselves as imperfect human beings.  For all of us, life can present disappointments, losses, limitations.  Can we learn skills and approaches that would enhance our ability to meet these difficulties realistically with more kindness, understanding, resilience and spaciousness? And perhaps even live a more full and meaningful life?  We believe so.

Mindful Self-Compassion is a research-supported program that is designed to enhance self-kindness and improve well-being. Research shows that self-compassion significantly enhances emotional well-being (less anxiety and depression), boosts resilience, happiness, and can even help maintain healthful habits such as healthy eating and exercise. For many of us, self-criticism is a familiar driving force to do better and succeed. Yet, research shows that self-compassion is more effective in helping us meet our goals. Moreover, self-compassion is also associated with improved relationships, personal and professional growth, as well as healthy aging.

In this 8-week program, short lessons on the science of self-compassion, experiential exercises (including meditations), interactive and group discussion are offered in the weekly sessions as well as home practices.  Mindfulness and Self Compassion are demonstrated and experienced through a variety of topics and perspectives (e.g. physiological, psychological, social..)

No experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.  Many participants have observed their own transformation with mindful self-compassion.  Benefits even ripple to those whose lives we touch.

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook available online or at your favorite book store is highly recommended as a supplementary resource for home practices while taking this course. It’s available online or at your favorite book store. Prices range from about $10-$19 depending on the store.

Additional Notes for Scheduling

The first session will run until 12:30 PM
The class retreat will be held on October 9, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 pm

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Register for a Certificate of Completion and get CEUs. Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. We cannot guarantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states.

Scholarships Available

CCFW aims to promote well-being by making evidence-based mindfulness practices available and accessible to community members, particularly professionals working with children and families. We believe that mindfulness has positive implications for professionals as well as the children and families they interact with. Therefore, we wish to encourage mindfulness training by removing possible financial barriers for professionals working with these specific populations. If these fees are cost-prohibitive for you, we invite you to apply for a scholarship.

About the Presenters

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Elizabeth H. B. Lin MD, MPH

Elizabeth is passionate about teaching mindfulness and self-compassion and is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Certified Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC)  Teacher.  Elizabeth was introduced to mindfulness through scientific research in 2000, and has trained directly with the founders of MBSR and MSC. She weaves mindfulness with self-compassion and loving kindness in teaching her courses. Elizabeth has had a daily meditation practice for more than 27 years.

A graduate of Stanford Medical School, Elizabeth has been a family medicine physician for many years, as well as a mental health researcher focusing on improving mind-body health in general medical settings.  She is a Clinical Professor at University of Washington School of Medicine. Elizabeth is enthusiastic about bringing scientifically proven mindfulness and compassion programs to people from diverse backgrounds.  Over the past 10 years, witnessing the transformative experiences of participants in her classes has inspired Elizabeth to continue teach these courses and facilitate growth and blossoming in the participants. 

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Lisa Baldini, PsyD

Dr. Lisa Baldini is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center.  Her research and clinical work emphasize mindfulness and compassion-based interventions for teens and adults.  She has taught mindfulness and compassion groups to a wide variety of populations in various settings including schools, hospitals, and community clinics.  She particularly enjoys offering mindfulness and compassion groups to diverse, underserved populations.  Dr. Baldini is trained to teach Mindful Self-Compassion to teens and adults, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

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