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MSC Core Skills Training with Dr Steve Hickman


Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September 2017



Facilitator:  Dr Steve Hickman, Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion & Director of the University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness


"Self-Compassion: Treating ourselves with the same kindness as we would treat a friend...."  

Kristen Neff & Christopher Germer


2-Day MSC Core Skills Training

Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer MD, PhD are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. They have brought their respective experience together in the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. An unique opportunity to join Dr Steve Hickman, Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director of the Center for MSC, in an opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week program in an intensive 2-day format.


Self-compassion: What is It?

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness and supportive behaviour to ourselves, especially during challenging times. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to ourselves. Self-compassion is the skill of directing kindness to ourselves and encourages us to consider the fundamental question of “What do I need right now?”.


Self-compassion: Why learn It?

Self-compassion training gives us a tool-box of skills to help us turn towards a challenge, knowing that a safety-net of practical care is available to us.  Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to access the courage to face our ‘shortcomings’, bring kindness to ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect.

By becoming aware that challenge is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and then connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-compassion), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.

Mindful self-compassion training enables us to be our own best friend or benevolent coach not just in difficult times but throughout our daily life, so that we can live our lives with courage and kindness both for ourselves and others,


Self-compassion: Learning It

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone. The scientific basis for mindful self-compassion, enables us to see the benefits of embracing this learning. These core skills are taught and then practiced, so that their efficacy can then be experienced and they can become embedded in our daily lives. 


This MSC Core Skills Training course will enable you to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients

Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.


The Venue

Witherdens Hall, Popsal Lane, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent CT3 1AT. Witherdens Hall is a beautiful space, and is an already established centre for mindfulness and home to the organisation Mindfulness at Work. It is about 15 minutes from Canterbury, just beyond Littlebourne.

(Please note venue may change to accommodate bookings)

The Dates

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September 2017 from 9am to 6pm.


The Cost

£195 to include training, handouts, refreshments and lunch.  Book your place by emailing info@witherdenshall.co.uk or calling 01227 720543.