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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program developed by Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Participants will learn and apply the three key components of self-compassion to cultivate a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

Program Activities:

In this 2 ½ hour course, participants will participate in meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.


At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness

  • begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation

  • motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism

  • relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance

  • teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients


This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. 

Thursdays @ 6 p.m.

starting January 25th, 2018

(eight-week course)

Course Fee:

$400.00 for income over $60,000; $350.00 for income below $60,000.


Class Time:

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Oaktree Guidance & Wellness Center,

9910 Dupont Circle Dr., Suite 140,

Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Lorraine Hobbs
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