This is the authoritative guide to conducting the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which provides powerful tools for coping with life challenges and enhancing emotional well-being. MSC codevelopers review relevant theory and research and describe the program's unique pedagogy. Readers are taken step by step through facilitating each of the 8 sessions and the accompanying full-day retreat. Detailed vignettes illustrate not only how to teach the course's didactic and experiential content, but also how to engage with participants, manage group processes, and overcome common obstacles. Purchasers get access to a companion website with downloadable audio recordings of the guided meditations.
"Wise and heartfelt, visionary and thorough, this guide is a rich and practical treasure. The work of Germer and Neff is an invaluable gift for our times.”--Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of A Path With Heart
"Over the past decade, Germer and Neff have spearheaded a revolution that has spread rapidly around the globe. MSC teaches us to extend compassion to ourselves--instead of simply mindfully witnessing--which can create parallel ripples in how we treat one another. This book describes the tools and techniques that Germer and Neff have developed to teach MSC. I urge you to learn about this approach and join Germer and Neff in helping people change how they relate to themselves."--Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance
"Our world is crying out for compassion. But compassionate action presupposes self-compassion--an attitude we urgently need to learn, an attitude that can indeed be taught. In this pioneering work, Germer and Neff describe how to teach self-compassion step by step. Professionals who want to introduce self-compassion to enhance people's psychological resilience and emotional well-being will find this book a rich resource."--Brother David Steindl-Rast, Cofounder, www.gratefulness.org
"Years of refinement have gone into making MSC the preeminent self-compassion training program, and now its creators have given us a great gift--a text that helps the professional develop an MSC program from the ground up. The book brings us up to speed on the theory and science of self-compassion, guides us through the nuances of teaching it, and presents a detailed session-by-session outline. This well-written resource is essential reading for any helping professional interested in teaching self-compassion."--Russell L. Kolts, PhD, Department of Psychology, Eastern Washington University