Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week course, Evening
taught by Yaffa Maritz, LMHC and Blair Carleton
Mindful Self-Compassion or “MSC” is a well-researched and effective 8-week program developed by Drs. Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. This class helps participants the habits of being kinder to ourselves and others and living with more ease and well-being in our daily life. Mindful self-compassion is a first step in emotional healing. We learn to be-friend oneself and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity, and love, rather than self-judgment, or self-criticism. In the weekly program, participants will learn through activities such as meditation, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion and home practices. Learning is mostly experiential and includes current theory and research on self-compassion.
Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts resilience, happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of recognizing moments of difficulty, and repeatedly evoking goodwill toward ourselves. It extends cultivation of that same desire beyond ourselves to all living beings to live happily and free from suffering.
Perhaps most importantly, cultivating self-compassion allows one to honor and accept our humanness. Things will not always go the way we want them to. We often encounter frustrations and losses. We make mistakes and bump up against our limitations, or fall short of our ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by us all. The more we open our heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more we will be able to feel compassion for ourselves and all of our fellow humans.
8 Week course: Thursdays from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, January 4 - February 22, 2018
Retreat: Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1:00pm -5:00pm
**Please be prepared for the first and last classes to go 15 minutes longer.
Pricing and Scholarships
$380 registration fee (includes a 55-page Mindful Self-Compassion booklet, developed by Drs. Christopher Germer & Kristin Neff)
If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:
- Income-based reduced fee of $275 available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140 Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the first day of class (12/14/17). Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.
If you are a UW Affiliate and have department approval to pay using a UW budget transfer, you may register for a 25% discount ($285). Please add your department budget number at check out.
Continuing Education Credits
Pay $5 extra at registration to receive a Certificate of Completion for 24 credit hours for licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. Please note: the fee increases to $20 if you request credit hours or clock hours AFTER the course begins.
Pay it Forward - Support the Scholarship Fund
If you are able to pay more for the course, we encourage you to consider donating to the Mindfulness Outreach Fund which allows CCFW to offer 50% and 100% scholarships to community members to aid in the cost of registration fees for mindfulness courses. Scholarships are awarded to increase accessibility of mindfulness and compassion training for individuals who have limited resources to obtain such training and to those who work with communities experiencing adversity. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, please visit http://giving.uw.edu/mindfulness.
About the Instructor
Yaffa Maritz, LMHC, is a co-founder of Listening Mothers and clinical director of both Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting, two research-based parenting programs. She is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting. Yaffa was born and trained in Isreal as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor's Commision for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children's social, emotional and mental health.
Yaffa participated in the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) a year-long teachers training offered through Stanford's Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research, and Education. She also completed the advanced training program for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.
Blair Carleton is a Recovery Coach trained by Washington State and the Connecticut Center for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). Blair received her B.A. from Yale University. She received her MSC Teacher Certificate from UCSD's Center for Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. Blair has also studied Shame-Resilience with Brene Brown, and went on to teach the curriculum. Blair credits her mindfulness practice to her teachers: Dr. Keesha Ewers, Ajayan Borys, Sylvia Boorstein, Joel and Michele Levey, and her friend and colleague, Yaffa Maritz, who was her instructor for the MSC course Blair took at the Center for Child and Family Well-Being. Find out more at: http://cultivatingselfcompassion.com/
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Associate Director of Programs
Center for Child & Family Well-Being