Mindful Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice

Presented by Chris Germer, PhD on 06-05-2009 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

The psychological benefits of mindfulness are well established. Yet for people who struggle with intense emotions such as shame, anxiety, anger, or grief, mindfulness practices can be enhanced by adding a simple yet powerful ingredient: self-compassion.

Self-compassion entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism. Self-compassion also means holding our difficulties in mindful awareness and feeling connected to others while we suffer. The art of self-compassion is a kind of portable, therapeutic relationship that can be taught and learned. Therapists can also practice self-compassion themselves to deepen therapeutic presence, to enjoy clinical work more thoroughly, and for an overall sense of well-being.

This introductory web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Explain the concept of self-compassion—what it is and what it isn't.
  2. Identify when self-compassion should be introduced to mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy.
  3. Begin to practice loving-kindness (metta) meditation.
  4. List benefits of mindfulness.

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Meet the Presenter

Chris Germer, PhD

Chris Germer, PhD

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a leader in the field of clinical applications of mindfulness to psychotherapy. He is a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at the Harvard Medical School, and has a private practice in Arlington, MA. He is a co-editor of the professionally acclaimed book, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

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