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Mindful Self-Compassion

  • 16 Jun 2017
  • The Chicago School of Psychology, 1015 15th St, NW,4th floor, Washington, DC

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The DC Psychological Association presents: 

"Mindful Self-Compassion"

Presenter(s):  Jeff Rosenberg, PhD and Jennifer Stanley

June 16, 2017

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Chicago School of Psychology, 1015 15th St, NW,4th floor, Washington, DC

6.0 Hours of Continuing Education is Offered 

6.0 Hours of Social Work Continuing Education is Offered

Imagine if our clients could build the capacity to be compassionate towards themselves! Rather than being overwhelmed by their suffering, they could “be with” themselves and maybe gain insight into the unmet needs that lie behind their anxiety, depression, anger, or shame.  What if they could see that their self-critical voices are perhaps an attempt, albeit misguided, to protect themselves 

and/or adapt to unresponsive environments?  And what if they could appreciate that their meeting the present with acceptance could, paradoxically, open the door to past experiences that are in need of attention and healing?  Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was created by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff.  What “mindfulness” does for our relationship to experience; “mindful self-compassion” does for our relationship to ourselves, the experiencers of experience. In our workshop, we’ll take a look at some of the conceptual underpinnings of the program and, as time permits, experience one or more of the twenty-plus meditations and practices used over the course of the program which is now offered across the world.  We hope you’ll treat yourself with kindness and will be able to join us!

About the Speakers:

Jeffrey Rosenberg, PhD is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. He has a certificate in coaching from the Mentor Coach [TM] program and training in mediation. He is a graduate of the George Washington University and received “Dissertation of the Year” award from D.C. Psychological Association.  He is a former board and executive committee member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), completed the Integrated Study & Practice Program, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, completed a “One Year Non-Dual [Contemplative] Training” and one year follow-on with Matthew Flickstein. He is also a former board member and treasurer of Green Acres School, Rockville, MD. He is trained in Mindful Self-Compassion and currently offering programs in the D.C. area.

Jennifer Stanley began her meditation practice in 1986 while living in Michigan. Her graduate training was in ecological-community psychology, and she spent many years as a public health systems researcher. In 2000, she became a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. She has attended many residential retreats with IMCW, the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute with Tara Brach. She teaches weekly for IMCW, and is a Mindful Self-Compassion trained teacher.

Workshop Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1.      Define compassion and self-compassion and differentiate it from empathy (empathic resonance); Distinguish mindfulness from mindful self-compassion


2.      Identify and understand the three factors of mindful self-compassion and their opposites; Describe and practice the MIndful Self-Compassion Break to illustrate the three factors.

3.      Identify and discuss some of the confusions and resistances to Self-Compassion including differences from Self-Esteem; Describe and do practice of self-compassion as a motivator


4.      Explore and understand the (misguided) role of the self-critical (internal) voice and how to engage it



5.      Explore and understand the distinction between "being with" and "fixing" or "self-improvement". 


6.  Explore and understand the phenomena of "Backdraft"- Allowing Old Wounds to Burn Themselves Out and how it is a (sometimes unexpected and confusing) part of Mindful Self-Compassion

7.  Examine the interplay of Compassion and Equanimity; Experience the practice "Compassion with Equanimity"

8. Explore the function of "compassionate listening" in the MSC program


"The District of Columbia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The District of Columbia Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content."

"This course has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, DC Metro Chapter for 6.0 contact hours of continuing education credit. Approval Code: 2017016"

 There is no corporate support/payment for this workshop.

DCPA Event Cancellation Policy

The DC Psychological Association is unable to provide refunds for events. However, we do allow up to one year to make up a CE session that may have been missed. 


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