Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

Live Online Six Week Course

Blair Carleton

About this Event

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a scientifically based, effective program designed to cultivate self-kindness and well-being. Research shows that self-kindness/compassion significantly enhances emotional well-being by boosting resilience, happiness, and even healthy lifestyle habits; increasing harmonious relationships while decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression. For many of us, self-judgment and self-criticism are all too familiar driving forces, yet extensive research shows self-compassion is a much more productive (and pleasant!) way to treat and motivate ourselves.

During these uncertain and difficult times of the ongoing pandemic, social upheaval, and environmental crises, we need all the tools possible to help us navigate the world.  Meditation is not “one size fits all,” and to reflect that, this program includes a multitude of experiential exercises, short discussion, informal movement, interactive group inquiry, and home practices. 

Short MSC is a compact version of our usual MSC program, with 1.5-hour classes once a week over 6 weeks, and a smaller class-size (20 or less).  Our goals are to promote the direct, personal experience of self-compassion, to provide on-the-spot skills for everyday life, and to infuse our moment-to-moment experience with kindness – especially when we feel frustrated, hurt, inadequate, or overwhelmed.  Developing long-lasting habits of being kinder to ourselves and others – especially during times of stress – helps us live each day with more ease, presence, well-being, and joy.

MSC can be learned by anyone – No experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.

Supplies: a journal or notebook that makes you happy

Quotes about MSC:

“I had previous experience with meditation, but this class provided me with a puzzle piece that I didn’t know was missing.”

“The course opened my mind and heart to a new way of ‘being’ — with myself and with others”

“When I feel that inner anxiety (which I learned how to recognize through this course), I can use a few very simple and quick MSC ‘interventions’ — reducing the anxious state and feeling grateful to be present at the moment.”

“I gained so many benefits from this course, and one totally unexpected gift – it helped me improve my relationship with my teenager!”

“There is another voice inside my head now, the one that says, ‘Wait, don’t go running off with that dark emotion, no matter how satisfying you think it may feel. Pause and take stock. Calibrate. Make choices. Mindful choices.'”

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 Presenter

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Blair Carleton

Blair Carleton is a lifelong teacher. She is a Mindfulness Coach, Recovery Coach trained through the State of Washington and the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, and an instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), as well as the MSC curriculum for teens, Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens and Young Adults. Trained by the founders of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Dr. Neff and Dr. Chris Germer, Blair received her MSC Teacher Certificate through University of California San Diego’s Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Her focus is on helping adults, young adults and teens cope with difficult emotions and self-judgment by building strong emotional resources, skills, and capacities that increase self-love and acceptance in any situation. 

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