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 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.

How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will join the teleconference by calling into the teleconference center and entering an access code. The teleconference will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods

Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements., provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This teleconference is available for free to members.

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Meet the Presenter

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.