ONLINE Winter 2020 Mindful Self Compassion 8 week course

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges.

MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion has shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

In this MSC program, you will learn:

* how to stop being so hard on yourself

* how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease

* how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism

* how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new

* mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life

* the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion

* how to become your own best teacher.

MSC is evidence based: a randomized, controlled trial (RCT) demonstrated that the MSC program significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

MSC Themes

Session 1:  Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

Session 2:  Practicing Mindfulness

Session 3:  Practicing Loving-Kindness

Session 4:  Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

Session 5:  Living Deeply

Session 6:  Meeting Difficult Emotions

Session 7:  Exploring Challenging Relationships

Session 8:  Embracing Your Life

Dates & Times:

Course runs on Thursdays 11am to 1pm (2hrs) November 12 2020- January 14 2021 (skipping Dec 24 and 31)

Cost:  $695 CAD

Payment in full due at the time of registration by e-transfer to or credit card through our Ottawa River Psychology Group administrator at 613-656-3331. Fees include course handbook, additional materials, and guided meditations. 

Refunds available until 7 days prior to course start date.

Receipts are offered for insurance coverage by extended health insurance. Please check with your insurance plan before registering for the course if you plan to seek reimbursement and if you are not sure if your insurance provider will cover this very valuable course. Student experiences with their insurance plans have varied in the past.  Many insurance companies in Canada, the US and abroad have a history of covering this course.


This course is being offered online via Zoom due to COVID-19

To Register:

Click on the registration link and it will take you directly to the November 12 at 11:00am spot on our online booking platform.  Click on the 11:00am time that is highlighted and complete your registration.

Click the link below to register for “ONLINE Winter 2020 Mindful Self Compassion 8 week course”.


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