Christopher Germer, Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Center for Mindful Self-CompassionThere are three main types of MSC training:

  1. MSC Training: either 8-week or 5-day intensive program
  2. MSC Core Skills Workshop: weekend workshop
  3. MSC Teacher Training: 6-day intensive program

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Mindful Self-Compassion Training
Center for Mindful Self-CompassionThe Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program was developed by Kristin Neff, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion ( and myself. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

In this program, you’ll learn:

A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that the MSC program significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

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The MSC Training is required for participation in the MSC Teacher Training Program.


Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Workshop
The Core Skills Workshop presents the main teachings of the MSC Training Program.

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Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training
MSC Teacher Training will begin in 2014 in the USA and Europe.

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Prerequisites for taking the MSC Teacher Training
Personal Skills 5 years of meditation practice, or 3 years plus retreat experience

Ongoing, daily, sitting meditation practice

Ongoing practice of loving-kindness (metta) and self-compassion in daily life
Professional Skills Previous participation in a 5-day or 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training

Experience teaching meditation in groups, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or in clinical settings


Practice Group
A Mindful Self-Compassion practice group meets every Thursday evening at 7:45 PM in Arlington, Massachusetts for one hour of practice and discussion, led by Brenda Rogers.  All are welcome.

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Google Group
We now have a Google group for MSC graduates from around the world to share experiences, insights, questions, poems, and anything related to self-compassion practice.

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