Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost of Workshop: $40

Space is limited. While the registration form is combined, there are separate fees for the workshop and the conference registration.

Registration for this session is now closed.


An Introductory Workshop to the Mindful Self-Compassion Program

Discover how Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) can help you to increase your inner resilience when facing life’s challenges.

What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. We learn to treat ourselves with the same kindness and care that we would a close friend.

What can I expect to learn in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Workshop?

Participants will learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticism
  • Utilize self-compassion practices in care-giving situations to mitigate caregiver fatigue
  • Clarify their core values to help to support a more meaningful life
  • Treat themselves as they would treat a good friend

What is the format of this MSC Workshop?

  • A half day with a 15 minute break
  • Session activities include short talks, experiential exercises, brief guided meditation (no prior experience needed), group discussion, and suggested home practices
  • Each participant is encouraged to purchase a copy of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook written by MSC Program co-creators Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.

What may I experience emotionally during the MSC course?

From the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion Website: MSC is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Self-compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing our emotional distress as well as opening us to the pain that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, challenging emotions may surface during the program, including past trauma. MSC teachers are committed to helping participants feel safe and comfortable during the course. However, participants agree at the outset that they will take primary responsibility for their emotional wellbeing. MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy.

Why would I take a workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion?

  1. Many of us are our own worst critics. When we make a mistake or fail, we often say cruel and hurtful things to ourselves that we would never say to someone we cared about. In the MSC course we practice self-kindness, and learn how to motivate ourselves with compassion rather than self-criticism.
  2. Both in our professional and personal lives, we frequently provide care and resources to persons experiencing tremendous pain. We want to continue to show up compassionately and help them – though we may become exhausted by all we do. MSC teaches us to care for ourselves in the same moments we are caring for persons who are suffering. When we nurture our own self-compassion, our compassion for others naturally increases.
  3. Those of us in helping professions are frequently told to practice more “self-care.” And we think “How and when am I supposed to do that?” Unlike traditional self-care, which often requires dedicated time and effort outside of work and home, self-compassion practices are employed “on the spot” when encountering difficult emotions and situations.

What research supports the benefits of increased self-compassion?

Research shows that self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of coping and resilience we have available to us. Self-compassion itself is directly linked to well-being, and is associated with

  • Reductions in negative mind-states: Anxiety, depression, stress, rumination, thought suppression, perfectionism, shame
  • Increases in positive mind-states: Life satisfaction, happiness, connectedness, self- confidence, optimism, curiosity, gratitude
  • Decreases in caregiver fatigue and burnout

What are the Workshop Learning Objectives?

At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the three main components of self-compassion as defined by Kristin Neff, PhD.
  • Describe key research findings that support the benefits of self-compassion for persons living with mental health diagnoses and stress, and how this relates to suicide prevention.
  • Apply self-compassion practices to motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism.
  • Utilize mindfulness and self-compassion practices in daily life.
  • Use self-compassion to mitigate caregiver fatigue (“burnout”).

Who is teaching this MSC Program?

  • Barbara Moser MD, Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Co-Founder, CompassionMKE
  • Family Practice Physician (retired from clinical care), and mental health and suicide prevention advocate

Learn more about Barbara’s background and journey with MSC: https://www.compassionmke.com/barbara-moser

Continuing Education Hours: This workshop has been approved for 3.0 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Chapter. The Wisconsin Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board has authorized NASW-WI to approve continuing education programs relevant to the professional practice of social work. Participants will receive a certificate of completion within 30 days following the workshop.


If you have any questions, please contact Cara Hansen at cara@mhawisconsin.org or 414-336-7969.