Mindful Self Compassion Course
Dates: Thursdays, January 26 – March 16, 2017 from 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: La Jolla Community Center (LJCC), 6811 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Instructor: Susan Knier is a Licensed Occupational Therapist, Education Specialist, & Project Manager.
Susan’s mission is to influence healing via education, altruism and leadership. She has provided training & consultation in healthcare and academic institutions, to professionals and consumers locally, as well as internationally in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Susan is a trained MSC Teacher via the University of Ca San Diego Center for Mindfulness’ Professional Training Institute; Certified Compassion Cultivation Teacher via Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and UCLA-trained Mindfulness Facilitator via the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Kathleen Elling, MSW, will be teacher assisting.
Cost: $125 for LJCC members; $165 for non-members.
(LJCC is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. Tax I.D. 20-8682354)
Registration: Please register via LJCC at (858) 459-0831. Space is limited.
About the Course: Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week program based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff, Ph.D., University of Texas and the clinical expertise of Chris Germer, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Health Alliance. Research demonstrates that MSC is strongly associated with emotional well-being and can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. MSC is designed to teach core principles and strategies to recognize difficult situations and to respond with greater stress resilience and self-kindness. In-class activities include brief talks, experiential exercises, and group discussions. The class is cumulative so that each weekly class builds upon the previous class. In addition to the weekly class, participants will be encouraged to dedicate 30 min a day for MSC home practice and will have an opportunity to participate in a half-day retreat (date TBD). Following this course, participants should be able to employ the skill of mindfulness to identify opportunities for self-compassion, and integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises and skills into daily living.