Off the shelf courses

Mindful Self-Compassion

Core Skills for Men

A Two-Day Benefit for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

presented by Chris Germer and Daniel Ellenberg


Saturday, January 27, 2018: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018: 10:00am - 4:30pm


The Arlington Center
369 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474

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

This workshop, designed specifically for men, is a two-day, condensed version of the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. MSC was developed by Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist, and Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the scientific study of self-compassion. The workshop will be taught by Chris and Daniel Ellenberg, a trained MSC teacher and expert in men’s psychology.

Scientific evidence shows that self-compassion—the ability to treat ourselves with respect and kindness when things go wrong—is a powerful inner resource. It enables us to address challenging conditions in our lives and transform them for the better.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is associated with a wide range of positive psychological factors including enhanced achievement motivation, a sense of well-being, emotional resilience, reduced stress, anxiety and depression, a stronger immune system, healthy life habits such as diet and exercise, and wisdom. Self-compassion also provides a foundation for relating compassionately with others and thereby improves our relationships.

Self-compassion is not a lot of work—it’s about letting go of the stress that we invisibly and inevitably add to our daily lives. Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone.

8 Good Reasons to Attend this Workshop

In this weekend workshop, you’ll learn:

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • How to practice self-compassion in your daily life
  • Ways to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Strategies for living close to your core values
  • Techniques for handling difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships
  • How to enjoy ordinary life more fully
  • Self-compassion skills that can be taught to clients

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for men of any background who wish to integrate self-compassion into their personal and/or professional lives. Meditation experience is not required to participate in this program.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Define the empirical construct of self-compassion, and identify misconceptions
  2. Understand the benefits of self-compassion for men and overcome unique obstacles to practicing self-compassion
  3. Practice concentration/breath meditation to calm the autonomic nervous system, and explain the scientific rationale for concentration meditation.
  4. Compare and contrast the constructs of loving-kindness, compassion and self-compassion.
  5. Practice loving-kindness meditation for emotional well-being.
  6. Describe the role of self-criticism in anxiety and depression and practice self-compassionate motivation as an antidote to self-criticism.
  7. Define and recognize personal core values, and apply strategies for adhering to core values in daily life.
  8. Practice self-compassion strategies to sustain emotional connection in challenging therapeutic interactions.
  9. Apply self-compassion skills to alleviate care-giving fatigue.
  10. Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices to clients and patients.


Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute® and Relationships That Work®. He leads Strength with Heart® men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. a board member of the California Institute for Integral Studies, and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a resilience training program for several NASA space centers.

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area. He is a lecturer in Psychiatry, part-time at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. With Kristin Neff, PhD, Dr. Germer developed the Mindful Self-Compassion program. He conducts workshops and lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.


January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018


1 days and 7 hours


369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474, USA

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  • $295 general admission
  • $200 IMP member or graduate student with ID (Limited student spots available).
  • Click here to register

Any profit from this workshop will be donated to support the good work of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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