Christopher Germer & Christine Brähler to Sweden in October 18-23, 2015
Five days with the creator of the MSC-program Christopher Germer, PhD together with Christine Brähler, PhD and assistant teachers Camilla Sköld, PhD and Rebecka Bobst.

In the beginning of this year Agneta Lagercrantz, former journalist at the Swedish daily newspaper ”Svenska Dagbladet” made an interview with Kristin Neff och Christopher Germer. She is also the author of the first book in Swedish about Self-Compassion.

For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others,
first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion,
and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare…
Caring for others requires caring for oneself.

– Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama –

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.

After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

What To Expect
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2 1/2 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

Prerequisites
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:

This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit www.CenterForMSC.org.

Instructors
Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. Dr. Germer is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion. www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org

Christine Brähler, PhD is a clinical psychologist who teaches the MSC program in Germany and other European countries. She is a MSC Teacher Trainer and Regional Director of MSC in Europe. She maintains a private practice in Munich and is honorary lecturer at the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, UK. She gained her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has published the first randomized controlled trial of Compassion Focused Therapy as developed by Professor Paul Gilbert and researches the application of compassion-based interventions in people with complex and severe mental health problems. She has many years of mindfulness practice including training with Rob Nairn (Mindfulness Association, UK). www.selbstmitgefühl.de

Assistant teachers
Camilla Sköld, PhD is a registered physiotherapist with a basic training in cognitive relational psychotherapy who is an international teacher trainer in Mindfulness based Stress Reduction, MBSR. She has just started teaching the MSC program in Stockholm. She is the founder of Center for Mindfulness Sweden and she initiated the first academic course in Mindfulness-based approach at the medical university, Karolinska Institutet, KI in 2007. She gained her undergraduate and doctoral at KI in Stockholm. Her doctoral degree is in neuroscience. She has many years of meditation practice that she started in the Zen tradition. Center for Mindfulness Sweden, www.cfms.se

Rebecka Bobst is a psychosynthesis therapist in private practice, integrating mindfulness, acceptance and values in her work. She recently started teaching MSC in Stockholm. She is a teacher in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a therapist and group facilitator in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has developed a program based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that she has taught since 2008. She has many years of meditation practice including training in the Zen, Advaita and Theravada traditions. www.mindgarden.se and www.bobstterapi.se

Facts about the MSC-training
Length of training: 5 days
To register: click here
Dates: October 18-23, 2015. We will start with dinner at 5 pm October 18 and end with lunch at 1 pm October 23.
Where: Stiftsgården Vårdnäs in Brokind, Östergötland
Course fee: 9.900 SEK + VAT
Food & lodging: single room 6316 SEK + VAT, double room 5035 SEK + VAT and 4-6 people in a room 4687 SEK + VAT – To book your room contact Stiftsgården Vårdnäs by phone +46 13 36 85 00 or mail at info [@] vardnas.se (reference ”MSC October 2015”). All food will be vegetarian.
How to get there:
from either the Linköping airport or train station/bussterminal take a taxi (+46239560, www.taxibil.se) and ask for fixed price according to Vårdnäs agreement (600 SEK).  To share a taxi with other participants contact Elisabet at elisabet.lee[@]cfms.se and send her information of where you will arrive and at what time.
Bus no 39 will depart at 13.20 and bus no 540 will depart from Linköping at 15.20. Please get off at Brokinds gård. Vårdnäs will arrange pick up service with minibuses from there.

For further questions contact: Camilla Sköld

Facts about the MSC-training, specialized training for psychologists  in clinical psychology.
Length of training: 5 days
To register: click here
Dates: October 18-23, 2015. We will start with dinner at 5 pm October 18 and end with lunch at 1 pm October 23.
Where: Stiftsgården Vårdnäs in Brokind, Östergötland
Course fee: 14.500 SEK + VAT New price 12.500 SEK + VAT
Food & lodging: single room 6316 SEK + VAT, double room 5035 SEK + VAT and 4-6 people in a room 4687 SEK + VAT – To book your room contact Stiftsgården Vårdnäs by phone +46 13 36 85 00 or mail at info [@] vardnas.se (reference ”MSC October 2015”) All food will be vegetarian.
How to get there:
from either the Linköping airport or train station/bussterminal take a taxi (+46239560, www.taxibil.se) and ask for fixed price according to Vårdnäs agreement (600 SEK). To share a taxi with other participants contact Elisabet at elisabet.lee[@]cfms.se and send her information of where you will arrive and at what time.
Bus no 39 will depart at 13.20 and bus no 540 will depart from Linköping at 15.20. Please get off at Brokinds gård. Vårdnäs will arrange pick up service with minibuses from there.
For further questions regarding examination contact: Camilla Sköld or Åshild Haaheim at info [@] curatiomindfulness.se

Examination (in pdf-format will be sent to you on registration)
Your assignment will have two different focuses.

  • Describing your own process and learnings during the MSC workshop.
  • Describing a treatment situation with a client or patient when you used MSC.

February 12 March 18, 2016 we will meet in Stockholm for a hold a ZOOM examination seminar via internet, which will be held  in Swedish.

Books:
Both the above books by Neff and Germer and Självmedkänsla: Hur kan du stoppa självkritik och förbättra relationen till dig själv och andra av Agneta Lagercrantz. Natur och Kultur 2014.

Articles (will be sent to you on registration):

  • Neff KD and Germer CK. A pilot study and randomized controlled trial of the mindful self-compassion program. Inc J Clin Psychol 69:28-44, 2013
  • Diadonna F (ed) in Clinical handbook of mindfulness. Mindfulness: What is it? Where does it come from? (page 1-28) by Siegel RD, Germer CK and Olendzki A.
  • Germer CK and Neff KD. Self-compassion in clinical practice. Clin Psych 2013??