Christopher Germer, Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing—being aware in the present moment when we're struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions—fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt—and ourselves, in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He is a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion.

Featured Workshops

October 23 - 29, 2016
MSC Teacher Training
sponsored by Centrum voor Mindfulness and UCSD
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Training to become a MSC Teacher

November 11 - 12, 2016
MSC Core Skills Training
Benefit for The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
Cambridge, MA
2 day intensive with Susan Pollak

December 09 - 10, 2016
MSC Core Skills Training
sponsored by Greater Good
Berkeley, California
2 day intensive with Kristin Neff

December 11 - 16, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion
Esalen Institute
Big Sur, California
5 day intensive with Kristin Neff

January 08 - 13, 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion
sponsored by CMSC
Duncan Conference Center
Delray Beach, Florida
5 day intensive with Steve Hickman

January 27 - 29, 2017
MSC Core Skills Training
sponsored by Center for MSC
Univ of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill
2 day intensive with Kristin Neff

February 12 - 18, 2017
MSC Teacher Training
sponsored by UCSD
Sedona, AZ
Training to become a MSC Teacher

March 03 - 04, 2017
MSC Core Skills Training
sponsored by Center for MSC
Watermark Country Club,
Grand Rapids, MI
2 day intensive with Kristin Neff

Meditation Downloads
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MSC Program
Outcome Study (pdf)
Clinical Revew (pdf)

Updated Lit Review

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
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Supporting Self-Compassion

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Self-Compassion It bracelets.
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5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive:
with Christopher Germer and Christine Braehler

May 9 - 14 2017
Drangshlid, Iceland

This offering is an intensive version of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.
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Compassion in Practice:
Achieving Better Outcomes by Maximizing Communication, Relationships and Resilience

October 28 - 29, 2016
Marriott Long Wharf, Boston, Massachusetts

This course will enable you to develop a sophisticated and deep understanding of the science and art of compassion and is designed to equip you with knowledge and solid skills to practice compassion with patients, families and colleagues.
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Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Training Skills
with Christopher Germer, Ph.D. and Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
Thursday & Friday, October 14 & 15, 2016
from 9:00-4:45 pm (12.0 CEs)

Participants of this two-day workshop will learn the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone. Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. This workshop will provide essential tools for your client or yourself to treat themselves in a respectful, compassionate way whenever they suffer, fail, or feel inadequate.
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Psychotherapy Networker:
Self-Compassion Issue

The latest issue of Psychotherapy Networker is dedicated to exploring self-compassion and clinical applications. Find the full online version of Psychotherapy Networker here.



Suggested Readings

Christopher Germer Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Christopher Germer Clinical Psychologist
Compassion. Bridging Practice
and Science

By Tania Singer and Matthias Bolz
Free eBook on compassion.
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Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy
Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Author, Christopher Germer, PhD
Available at Guilford Press or
Christopher Germer Clinical Psychologist
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Author, Christopher Germer, PhD
Available at Guilford Press
Stop Beating Yourself Up and
Leave Insecurity Behind

Author, Kristin Neff, PhD
Available at