Mindful Self-Compassion

Eight Week Course

Dannielle Whiley, Joel Grow, Ph.D.

About this Event

CCFW does not provide mental health or substance use treatment or services, nor do our mindfulness and compassion-based courses substitute for diagnosis or treatment for mental health or substance use problems such as depression, anxiety, or addiction. Find a list of mental health resources on CCFW’s resource page.

If your friend called and said they had a hard day, would you scold them? Would you berate them for screwing up? Or would you let them know that it’s okay and everyone makes mistakes? Instead of criticizing them, you would probably be supportive and reassuring. When it comes to ourselves, however, many of us have a default mode of self-criticism: when times are tough, we find it very difficult to display the same compassion towards ourselves as we would a friend. Self-compassion can be described as, “treating ourselves as we would treat a close friend.”

Self-criticism is a familiar force to do better and succeed. Yet, research shows that self-compassion is a more effective motivator for meeting our goals. Self-compassion is strongly associated with greater emotional well-being; reduced anxiety and depression; more satisfying personal relationships; enhanced performance in settings from healthy aging to athletics to professional growth; and maintaining healthful habits such as healthy eating and exercise.

Developed by Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an evidence-based program that brings together the skills and practices of mindful awareness, common humanity, and self-kindness. For all of us, life will present disappointments, losses, and limitations. MSC provides skills and practices that enhance our ability to meet these difficulties with more wisdom, resilience, and spaciousness.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including any harm we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through harsh self-criticism. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to relate wholeheartedly to others and be more authentically ourselves.

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussions, and home practices. No previous mindfulness meditation practice is needed! The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

Class Schedule

8-week online course
Wednesday Evenings  from 6:30-8:30 pm
April 19 – June 7, 2023

Half-Day Retreat (in-person)

Saturday, May 13, 2023, from 9:00 AM – 12:30 pm
University of Washington
Kincaid Hall, Rm 202
3751 W. Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195

Getting to CCFW

By car: There are no parking lots directly adjacent to Kincaid Hall. If you are driving, please allow yourself an extra 15-20 minutes to locate parking and walk to Kincaid Hall. The University of Washington offers pay-lots and parking garages. Metered street parking is also available but very limited. Parking fees around campus range from $1.00 to $4.00 an hour. Learn more about parking options here

By bus or light rail: More than 60 bus routes serve the University District and a Link Light Rail Station is located 1/2 mile away.

By bike: Kincaid Hall is located directly off the Burke Gilman Trail between 15th Ave NE and the NE Pacific Street overpass. Bike racks are conveniently located at Kincaid and throughout campus.

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


Dannielle Whiley

Dannielle Whiley is an advanced PhD student in Psychology at the University of Washington. She is committed to supporting children, adolescents and caregivers through evidence-based treatments for issues relating to anxiety, depression, trauma, racialized stress and emotion dysregulation. Danielle’s research explores how generational trauma impacts Black maternal health and how a mindfulness-based intervention might shape infant development by supporting sensitive parenting. Danielle works with CCFW on NEW Parents Connect, focused specifically on the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based parenting program for first-time, low-income parents.
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Joel Grow, Ph.D.

Joel Grow, Ph.D. Joel is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington Department of Psychology. He offers evidence-supported treatment that incorporates self-compassion, mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches. He was a member of the UW research team that created Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), an evidence-based aftercare program for addictive behavior problems. He remains active in the delivery and evaluation of MBRP. He has facilitated numerous groups in various settings and has conducted therapist training workshops both in the US and abroad. He also provides clinical supervision to UW psychology graduate students.

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