Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week course
facilitated by Elizabeth H.B. Lin, MD, MPH and Brenda S. Butterfield, EdD, MSW, LMHC
Class held on Thursdays for 8-weeks.
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
January 9 - February 27, 2020
A retreat will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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 be-friend 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.
$370.00: Regular registration
$375.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
Participants are required to purchase a workbook, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook available online or at your favorite book store. Prices range from about $10-$19 depending on the store.
UW Affiliate Discount
20% off for UW faculty and staff - must register with UW email address and provide department name, office, and position.
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 Important note: Scholarship applications are due 3 weeks before class start. Applicants will be notified 2 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 Units (CEUs)
Register for a Certificate of Completion and get CEUs. Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. We cannot gurantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states.
About the instructors
Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Dr. Lin is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an adjunct scientific investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. As a physician-researcher, Dr. Lin 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 25 years. She has trained extensively with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and leaders in mindfulness, as well as Drs. Germer and Neff, founders of the Mindful Self-Compassion program. She has been teaching mindfulness and compassion for the last 7 years.
Brenda S. Butterfield, EdD, MSW, LMHC is founder of Our New Experience (ONE), LLC in Redmond, WA. She has been a mental health professional for over 30 years serving children, youth, families and communities in the US and abroad. In her clinical work, Dr. Butterfield uses an integrative, whole-person perspective to support development of each human’s full potential. Dr. Butterfield teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, offers meditation workshops, facilitates retreats and presents a variety of seminars and professional development training for mental health practitioners and other caregivers locally and nationally. Find out more about Brenda here.: http://ournewexperience.org/
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