Winter 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion 8-Week Course, Evening

Thursday, 5 January 2017 6:00 PM - Thursday, 23 February 2017 8:30 PM PST

3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle , WA, 98105, United States

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Thursday, 5 January 2017 6:00 PM - Thursday, 23 February 2017 8:30 PM PST

Center for Child and Family Well-Being, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle , WA, 98105, United States.


Mindful Self-Compassion 8-Week Course, Evening

taught by Yaffa Maritz, LMHC and Blair Carleton


Course Description

Mindful Self-Compassion or “MSC” is an empirically-supported 8-week training program developed by Drs. Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It helps participants cultivate the mental and emotional habit of mindful self-compassion by learning the process of infusing our moment-to-moment habit of experience with kindness, especially when we feel frustrated, hurt, inadequate, or overwhelmed.

Mindful self-compassion is the first step in emotional healing - being able to be-friend oneself, turn inwardly and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity and love, rather than self-judgement, or self-criticism.

Perhaps most importantly, cultivating self-compassion means that we honor and accept our humanness. Things will not always go the way we want them to. We often encounter fruestrations 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.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boost resilience, happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle hapbits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of recognizing moments of difficulty, and repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves. It extends cultivation of that same desire beyond ourselves to all living beings to live happily and free from suffering.

In the weekly program, participants will learn through activities such as meditatio, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion and home practices. Learning is mostly experiential and includes current theory and research on self-compassion.


Pricing and Scholarships

$360 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 
  • A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at   Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the first day of class (12/15/16). 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 ($270). 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 psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental 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. 


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel up to two weeks prior to the event (12/22/16), you will receive a full refund less a $5 processing fee. If you cancel within two weeks leading up to the event, you will receive a partial refund of 50% minus a $5 processing fee. Refunds cannot be granted on or after the day the class 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


Class Schedule

8 Week course: Thursdays from 6:00pm - 8:30pm January 5, 2017 through February 23, 2017

Retreat: Sunday, February 12, 2017, from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:45 pm ( first class will last 15 minutes longer)

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm 

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm 

Thursday, February 9, 20176:00pm - 8:30 pm

Sunday, February 12, 2017, Retreat, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm


About the Instructors


Yaffa Maritz, LMHC, is 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 pyschologist. 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 choldren's social, emotional and mental health. 

Yaffa participated in the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) a year-long teachers traning offered through Stanford's Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education. She also completed the advanced training program for Mindful Sel-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.


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Contact Information
Page Pless
Associate Director of Programs
Center for Child & Family Well-Being
Office: 206.221.8508

University of Washington Center for Child & Family Well-being

The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes positive development for children and families by translating research for practical application. We share knowledge through education, professional training and outreach to the community.

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