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Jul
22
Wed

Free Online Info Session

Start: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Learn a little mindfulness
If you’re considering a mindfulness program, join us for a free information session!
For more details, visit our Mindfulness Info Session page

Timing
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 6pm – 6:30pm + Q&A

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein RP
Jul
22
Wed

MSC Online (SOLD OUT)

Start: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Consider joining us on August 20th instead 

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being.
For more details, visit our MSC page.

For a limited time, we are offering a $100 discount on this program. Use the code 100MNDFL at check-out to receive your savings!

Timing
Wednesdays
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 5pm – 7pm ET and Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 11am – 1pm ET
Sessions 1-8: July 22 – September 16, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm ET
NOTE: August 26th is the 4-hour silent retreat | 5pm – 9pm ET
Please reserve September 23rd 5:30pm – 8:30pm ET in your schedule as a make-up session in case of technical difficulties.
Registration closes Sunday, July 19, 2020 at midnight. 

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $625
Registration closes Sunday, July 19, 2020 at midnight. 
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Strongly recommended reading:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer  (available on Amazon.ca and Guilford.com)

Recommended readings:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Christine Grace McMulkin MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Elaine Orsini RP
Aug
6
Thu

MBCT Online

Start: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy providing tools and strategies for preventing depressive relapse, as well as reducing acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

For a limited time, we are offering a $100 discount on this program. Use the code 100MNDFL at check-out to receive your savings!

Timing
Thursdays
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | 3pm – 5pm ET and Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | 10am – 12pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: August 6, 2020 | 3pm – 6pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: August 13 – October 8, 2020 | 3pm – 5:30pm ET
* program skips August 27th
NOTE: September 24th is the 4-hour silent retreat | 3pm – 7pm ET
Please reserve October 15th 3pm – 5:30pm ET in your schedule as a make-up session in case of technical difficulties.

Registration closes July 31st at 9am ET

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $550
Registration closes July 31st at 9am ET
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW RP & Alaina Johnston MSW RSW
Aug
12
Wed

MBSR Online

Start: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Learn practical ways to manage stress
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.
For more details, visit our MBSR page

For a limited time, we are offering a $100 discount on this program. Use the code 100MNDFL at check-out to receive your savings!

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Monday, August 10, 2020 | 6pm – 8pm ET and Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 6pm – 8pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: August 12, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm ET
Sessions 2 – 8*: August 19 – October 7, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm ET
Silent Retreat: Sunday, September 27, 2020 | 12pm – 4pm ET
* program skips August 26th
Please reserve October 14th 6pm – 8:30pm ET in your schedule as a make-up session in case of technical difficulties.
Registration closes Thursday, August 6, 2020 at  9:00am ET

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $520
Registration closes Thursday, August 6, 2020 at  9:00am ET
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW
Aug
20
Thu

MSC Online

Start: Thursday, August 20, 2020

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being.
For more details, visit our MSC page.

For a limited time, we are offering a $100 discount on this program. Use the code 100MNDFL at check-out to receive your savings!

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 5pm – 8pm ET and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 5pm – 8pm ET
Sessions 1-8: August 20 – October 15, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm ET
NOTE: September 24th is the 3-hour silent retreat | 6pm – 9pm ET
Please reserve October 22nd 6pm – 9pm ET in your schedule as a make-up session in case of technical difficulties
Registration closes Sunday, August 16, 2020 at midnight. 

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $625
Registration closes Sunday, August 16, 2020 at midnight. 
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Strongly recommended reading:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer  (available on Amazon.ca and Guilford.com)

Recommended readings:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Rose Mina Munjee RP Certified MSC Facilitator & Elaine Orsini RP Trained MSC Facilitator
Aug
24
Mon

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills

Start: Monday, August 24, 2020

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Core Skills Training

A four-session online introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion

MSC is an empirically-supported training based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. We are excited to announce that Kristin Neff and Chris Germer will join the program at the end of the last day for a one-hour Q&A session. The curriculum has been steadily refined since 2010 and taught to over 100,000 people worldwide. This workshop is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the key practices and exercises of the 8-week program, from the comfort of your home.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (emotions, sensations, thoughts). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relationships. Self-compassion includes the capacity to comfort, soothe and validate ourselves, but also to protect and provide for ourselves, and to motivate ourselves to achieve our goals. Fortunately, anyone can learn self-compassion.

What you will learn

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the evidence-based benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Increase your happiness with savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion practices to others

Please Note: This workshop contains the highlights of the MSC training but is not the entire course and therefore does not fulfill the pre-requisite for attending MSC teacher training or participating in other programs for MSC graduates.

What to expect

This workshop is completely live and online.

Program activities include short talks, meditation, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.  The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend this workshop.

The course takes place on the Zoom conference platform and is limited to 200 participants.  Numerous 4-person breakout groups provide an opportunity for participants to connect and share their direct experience of the practices with others.

MSC is a resource-building program rather than a retreat.

In that regard, difficult emotions are likely to emerge as we give ourselves the kindness that we need. Participants are asked to attend to their own safety and wellbeing, and there will be trained MSC teachers ready to support participants as we proceed together through the course. We are committed to making the journey safe, interesting, and enjoyable for everyone.

**Please be aware that this workshop will be video-recorded by CMSC and made available (and not downloadable) only to participants in the workshop for a period of three weeks after the conclusion of the program. You will be asked to acknowledge and accept this on the registration form.

Self-compassion: what is it?

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail at times in their lives, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to our own selves in the same situations. Self-compassion is directed to the one who is suffering, and encourages us to consider the fundamental question of “What do I need?” By recognizing that difficulty is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-kindness), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.

Self-compassion: how to learn it

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
  • Apply techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout
  • Implement self-compassion practice to motivate behavior change
  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • Assess and manage difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance

Included in this program:

Self-Compassion Mentoring Sessions

Engage with highly trained and experienced Self-Compassion Mentors for on-the-spot learning and application of Self-Compassion skills and teachings.

Each Self-Compassion Mentor is a Certified MSC teacher, who has achieved the highest level of training in Mindful Self-Compassion.

Empower yourself and optimize learning by attending additional interactive practice sessions. What you can expect:

  • Clarify what you are learning
  • Apply skills immediately in real-time
  • Answers to your questions
  • Address difficulties
  • Deepen your understanding of Self-Compassion
  • Review, personalize and apply practices
  • Optimize learning in community through Common Humanity

A premium aspect of this Core Skills training is the unique opportunity to engage in virtual practice group sessions while going through the Core Skills program. Most trainings do not include this kind of opportunity. These extra practice sessions are designed to help you maximize learning and get a  jump start on integrating Mindful Self-Compassion into your life.

Who should attend
Both professionals and the general public are welcome to attend.

Timing
Mondays & Thursdays
Session 1: August 24, 2020 | 3pm – 6pm ET
Session 2: August 27, 2020 | 3pm – 6pm ET
Session 3: August 31, 2020 | 3pm – 6pm ET
Session 4: September 3, 2020 | 3pm – 6pm ET

*6pm – 7pm ET Chris Germer and Kristin Neff will be attending this last Core Skills session live, to answer your questions

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required.

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner SCC, BA, MSW, TITC-CFST, RSW (Certified MSC Teacher) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (Certified MSC Teacher)
Sep
16
Wed

Advanced Mindfulness: Building Resilience

Start: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A graduate program to advance your mindfulness practice and enhance resilience.
This live online graduate program will focus on reinvigorating your mindfulness practice while strengthening resilience. Anyone who has completed an 8-week MBCT, MBSR, or MSC program will benefit from this 4-week program that recharges your practice and further builds upon your ability to adapt and cope with change and life challenges.

For more details, visit our Advanced Mindfulness: Building Resilience page.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Session 1: September 16, 2020 | 6pm – 7:30pm ET
Session 2: September 23, 2020 | 6pm – 7:30pm ET
Session 3: September 30, 2020 | 6pm – 7:30pm ET
Session 4: October 7, 2020 | 6pm – 7:30pm ET

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $195
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD & Melissa Nigrini RP