Mindful Self-Compassion
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. 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 respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2 3/4 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program. A stable internet connection will be required to attend the online course on the Zoom platform. Everyone is welcome, including people of all backgrounds and identities. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. Participants will be asked to provide some personal information when they register for this course to help teachers determine their safety and readiness for this kind of emotional work. This particular course is partly offered through a grant through the "Compassion Corps". Therefore, as participant, you will be requested to participate in an evaluation after the course for future offerings. We would also like to get your permission to later use your image or short recording of how the course served you for our website. The program is planned to start on Friday, January 28th. The full schedule will be shared with all the successful candidates. Deadline for registration: January 24th, 2022
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Please provide the following background information to help your teacher(s) assess if MSC will be helpful to you at this time and to support you during the program. This information will only be read by the course instructors. If you feel uncomfortable answering any questions, please note that on the form and we can have a private conversation before the program begins. Leaving a question blank will have no impact on inclusion in the program. Thank you.

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Waiver of Liability

  • I voluntarily agree to participate in activities at the 8-week MSC program. I hereby assume all risks of injury to me and my property that may be sustained in connection with activities undertaken during the program.
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  • I understand that I must provide the name and contact details of an emergency contact person in order to attend MSC. The teachers will make every effort to communicate with this person in the event of an emergency. This person is someone who can either pick me up from the facility or help to make transportation arrangements if I need to leave the course.
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  • I understand that the teachers are not expected or able to provide medical and/or psychological care. I agree that, in the event a teacher determines that I need professional medical or psychological attention, the teacher has the authority and sole discretion to contact the designated emergency contact person or 911 emergency services.
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  • Any costs incurred for health services are my responsibility and not the responsibility of the teacher or the course facility.
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  • I further understand that participation in MSC is at the discretion of the teachers at all times. If, in the opinion of the teachers, I am unable to continue to participate productively in the course, I may be asked to leave.
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  • If I am taking prescription medications of any kind and discontinue taking them during the program, this may be grounds to be asked to leave.
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  • I understand that MSC is a compassion skills training program, not group therapy. MSC is designed to teach participants the tools needed to develop and cultivate a mindfulness and self-compassion practice. I understand that MSC does not take the place of personal therapy.
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  • I understand that personal safety and emotional wellbeing are the foundation of self-compassion training and that I am primarily responsible for my own safety.  I will not push myself to do anything that feels distressing or harmful. If I feel overwhelmed, I will stop what I am doing or slow down until I feel comfortable again.  If I need to discuss a personal matter, I can consult with a teacher but I understand that the opinions of others are not a substitute for caring for myself in the best way I know.
I have read this agreement and fully understand its contents. I sign it of my own free will. I am of legal age and accept the above disclaimer and authorization.
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The program fee is $30 USD which is required to be part of this 8-week MSC program. You will be contacted after the initial interview to pay this amount either online or via phone.