Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week course
taught by Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH and Joel Grow, Ph.D.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a well-researched and effective 8-week program developed by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. This class helps participants develop the habits of being kinder to ourselves and others, and living with more ease and well-being in our daily life. Mindful self-compassion is a first step in emotional healing. We learn to befriend oneself and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity, and love, rather than self-judgment, or self-criticism.
In the weekly program, participants will learn through activities such as meditation, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion and home practices. Learning is mostly experiential and includes current theory and research on self-compassion.
Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts resilience, happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as healthy eating and exercise. MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of recognizing moments of difficulty, and repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves. It extends cultivation of that same desire beyond ourselves to all living beings to live happily and free from suffering.
Perhaps most importantly, cultivating self-compassion allows one to honor and accept our humanness. Things will not always go the way we want them to. We often encounter frustrations and losses. We make mistakes and bump up against our limitations, or fall short of our ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by us all. The more we open our heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more we will be able to feel compassion for ourselves and all our fellow humans.
8-week course on Thursday mornings for 2.5 hours
Thursdays, September 7 – October 26, 2017 from 10:00am – 12:30pm
** Note: First class on September 7th will go until 1:00pm
Retreat Saturday October 14, 2017, 9:00am - 1:00pm
$360.00: Regular registration
$365.00: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$270.00 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number. If you are a UW Affiliate and have department approval to pay using a UW budget transfer, you may register for a 25% discount ($270). Please add your department budget number at check out.
Financial Assistance - If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:
Income-based reduced fee of $275 available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140 Please note: Scholarship applicants will be notified 3 weeks prior to the first day of class. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.
Continuing Education Credits
Pay $5 extra at registration to receive a Certificate of Completion for 24 credit hours for licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. Please note: the certificate fee increases to $20 if you request credit hours or clock hours AFTER the course begins.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Below are our cancellation deadlines.
Cancellation by 8/24/17: Full Refund, less $5 processing fee.
Cancellation between 8/25/17-9/7/17: 50% refund, less $5 processing fee.
Cancellations after 9/7/2017: No refunds guaranteed after the start of the course.
Pay it Forward - Support the Scholarship Fund
If you are able to pay more for the course, we encourage you to consider donating to the Mindfulness Outreach Fund which allows CCFW to offer 50% and 100% scholarships to community members to aid in the cost of registration fees for mindfulness courses. Scholarships are awarded to increase accessibility of mindfulness and compassion training for individuals who have limited resources to obtain such training and to those who work with communities experiencing adversity. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, please visit http://giving.uw.edu/mindfulness.
About the Instructors
Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Elizabeth is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the School of Medicine, University of Washington, and an adjunct scientific investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Elizabeth and her team have conducted innovative research to improve mind-body health in general medical settings which have been adopted worldwide. Elizabeth has had a daily meditation practice for more than 25 years. She has trained extensively with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and leaders in mindfulness programs, as well as Drs. Germer and Neff, founders of the Mindful Self-Compassion program. She has been teaching mindfulness and compassion over the past 7 years.
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. Before graduate school, Joel spent 6 years as a software engineer and in-house trainer/instructor at Amazon.com. A passionate teacher, he co-developed and served as lead instructor for a 9-month University of Washington certificate program for 9 years, and was awarded the UW "Award for Teaching Excellence".
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