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MSC online for 2SLGBTQIA+ 24–118–01

Start: Saturday, March 16, 2024
At: ONLINE,
Fee: $625
Facilitator(s): Markus Bohlmann Certified MSC Facilitator & Wiebke Pausch Trained MSC Facilitator

What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

Mindful Self-Compassion MSC is an empirically supported program based on the groundbreaking research of Christopher Germer (PhD) and Kristin Neff (PhD).

MSC helps you turn towards yourself with kindness and understanding, become your own best friend and ally, and learn to build a warm-hearted response to your daily experience, especially during difficult times. The program will include practical components such as meditations, exercises, movement and group discussions that help you cultivate your inner resource of compassion.

This application of the Mindful Self-Compassion program addresses the needs of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community as it offers an environment of belonging. We as members of the community (no allies, please) learn about and practice self-compassion together and begin to explore the two sides of self-compassion – tender and fierce – and to see how they apply to our lives as 2SLGBTQIA+ folks.

At the completion of this program, participants will begin to:

  • Describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion, in particular as they apply to 2SLGBTQIA+

  • Develop and use self-compassion practices to alleviate minority stress

  • Explore tender and fierce compassion and how they pertain to the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ folks

  • Discern and manage difficult situations and emotions, in particular shame and anger because these are predominant emotions with which we as 2SLGBTQIA+ folks struggle.

  • Increase self-awareness and self-love

  • Engage in topics of intimacy and consent so we strengthen our authenticity

  • Befriend the inner critic and motivate ourselves with kindness to affect change in our lives as 2SLGBTQIA+ folks

  • Feel belonging within a community of same-spirited people

Who created the MSC application for 2SLGBTQIA+?
Wiebke Pausch, Markus Bohlmann, and Armel Wraight have been invited by Chris Germer, the co-founder of the MSC program, to write an application for their community. They have been teaching the program to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community for several years and have integrated their teaching experience and feedback from participants into the application. Currently, the program is only taught by them.

Timing
Saturdays
Intake Interviews (via Zoom): Friday, March 8, 2024 | 10am – 1pm ET and Sunday, March 10, 2024 | 10am – 1pm ET
Sessions 1-8*: March 16, 2024 – May 25, 2024 | 10am – 12:30pm ET
NOTE: April 27th is the 3-hour silent retreat, 10am – 1pm ET
*skips March 30 and May 11
Please reserve June 1 in case we need to move a session

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.

Course Format and Modules

This application contains 80% of the traditional MSC curriculum and is grounded within a context relevant for 2SLGBTQ+ folks. The application also introduces new themes and practices as well as rewritten practices to make the MSC program more accessible and relatable to the lived experience of folks from the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Session Themes are:
Session 1: Belonging and Building Community
Session 2: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Session 3: Loving-Kindness
Session 4: Discovering Your Compassionate Voice
Session 5: Living Deeply – Living Authentically
Session 6: Pride and Rage: Being with Difficult Emotions
Session 7: Intimacy and Shame
Session 8: Staying Connected

Fee: $625
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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.