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Mindful Self-Compassion Training Series

This eight-week course is designed to teach mindful awareness, self-kindness and self-compassion skills.


Knollwood Building

Room D
7944 Birmingham Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 4:30 to 7 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 4:30 to 7 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 4:30 to 7 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 4:30 to 7 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 4:30 to 7 pm
Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 am to 12 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:30 to 7 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4:30 to 7 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:30 to 7 pm

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  • Registration closes Aug. 6

Presented by Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus plus

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically supported eight-week program based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff, PhD, of the University of Texas and the clinical expertise of Chris Germer, PhD, of the Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Health Alliance.

MSC is strongly associated with emotional well-being and can reduce anxiety, depression and stress. By design, MSC emphasizes core principles and strategies to recognize difficult situations and respond with greater stress resilience and self-kindness.

In-class activities include experiential exercises and group discussions. MSC is cumulative so that each weekly class builds upon the previous class. To optimize the MSC benefit, participants are encouraged to dedicate 30 minutes per day for MSC home practice and to attend all sessions, however, you may miss up to two.

Target Audience: Health care workers (all non-Sharp HealthCare workers must call 1-800-827-4277 to register)

Learning Objectives: Following this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe key research supporting the benefits of mindful self-compassion
  • Identify the three fundamental components of mindful self-compassion
  • Employ the skill of mindfulness to identify opportunities for self-compassion
  • Relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-by-moment mindfulness, acceptance and ease
  • Apply three strategies to manage and ease one’s own caregiver fatigue
  • Integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises and skills into daily life

Opportunity: Registrants will have an opportunity to participate in “The Effects of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training on Increasing Self-Compassion In Healthcare Workers” voluntary study. The voluntary study includes participation in this class and completion of a 10-minute pre- and post-course survey. Participation in the study is not required to take the class. You will be sent an email within two weeks of the start of the class with more information.

Cancellation Policy plus

If you need to cancel your registration for this event, please call 1-800-827-4277 Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, or log in to your account to cancel online.

Parking Information plus

Please park in the surface lot on the south side of the Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center. Parking is free after 4 pm.

There is also limited free parking on the street in front of the Knollwood Building.

Special Instructions plus

  • If this class is full, please call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277) Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, and asked to be placed on our waitlist.
  • Please make sure to register utilizing your preferred email address.

Presenter Information plus

Instructor: Susan Knier, MBA, OTR/L, is a senior rehab education specialist for Sharp HealthCare. She is a trained and certified teacher of MSC, Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) and mindfulness.

Teaching Assistant: Kathleen Elling, MSW, works for Sharp Home Health and is a MSC and CCT trained teacher.

Schedule plus

This class series will meet eight consecutive weeks, plus one Saturday retreat.

What to Bring plus

Please bring your license number with you to class to receive CEU credit. You may also want to bring a journal or notebook.

The classes will be arranged in a semicircle of chairs for sitting. If you are more comfortable using a meditation cushion and/or a mat, please feel free to bring whatever you prefer.

CEUs plus

This class is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) provider No. 70 for 24 hours.

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