Skills for Emotional Resilience in the Chicagoland Area

 
During the 8-week course participants will learn to:
  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science and research of self-compassion
  • Use self-compassion to live in accord with value
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate oneself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Work with challenging relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion tools to others

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week course offered several times a year in the Chicago area. Based on the work and research of Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer it is designed to offer participants the skills to cope more effectively and remain kinder to one-self when life does not go as hoped or planned.

 

TEACHERS

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Staci found Mindful Self-Compassion in 2014, at which time she was awe-struck by the power the practices had to help her through difficult times in life. She is a therapist in private practice in Chicago's loop and is passionate about sharing the compassion in her work as a therapist and as a teacher. Click here to learn more about Staci.

Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

Staci Berman, LMFT

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Colleen felt filled with love and equipped with new skills after attending an intensive Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) retreat in March 2018, taught by MSC co-developers, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. Since then, Colleen has been working on relating to herself in a new way, using mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life, particularly when things are hard. With the intention of spreading that love and those skills, Colleen completed MSC teacher training in January 2019, ready to bring MSC to Chicago. Colleen currently teaches 8-week classes in Chicago, leads MSC workshops in the Chicagoland area, and integrates MSC into her professional work. Colleen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor working in Chicago. 

Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

Colleen O'Brien, LCPC

 

Class Schedule

Mindful Self-Compassion is taught as an 8-week, in-person course that meets once weekly for 2.5 hours. Each round includes one retreat half-day (4.5 hours) that takes place in the second half of the course.

Below are classes that are currently available for registration or are currently in progress.

Summer 2019

Class Schedule

Mindful Self-Compassion is taught as an 8-week, in-person course that meets once weekly for 2.5 hours. Each round includes one retreat half-day (4.5 hours) that takes place in the second half of the course.

Below are classes that are currently available for registration or are currently in progress.

Summer 2019

COURSE DETAILS

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is taught as an 8-week, in-person course that meets once weekly for 2.5 hours. Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. Each round includes one retreat half-day (4.5 hours) that takes place in the second half of the course.

 

MSC is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC.  All are welcome! The program is based on the values of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

Fees 

The fee for the course is $450. 

Payment plans are available

Options for payments include Quickpay with Zelle, cash or check

We offer a limited number of scholarships.

Recommended Readings

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

Offerings

 

3-hour Workshop

January 18, 2020 10:00am - 1:00pm

Northeastern IL University

 

We tend to be much harder on ourselves than we are on others. I invite you to learn how to treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend. In this workshop you will get an introduction to the skills, tools, and topics taught in the 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course. 

 

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It can boost happiness, reduce depression and anxiety, and can even help to maintain healthy life style habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and self-compassionate can lead to greater ease in our daily lives. 

 

Curious about your own level of self-compassion? Take a quick quiz: https://centerformsc.org/learn-msc/take-the-self-compassion-test/ 

 

In this three-hour workshop you will: 

  • Learn the material of 6 MSC related topics 

  • Experience 3 Informal Practices 

  • Participate in 1 Exercise 

  • Experience 2 Meditations 

Register here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/crneiu/Activity_Search/1846

Below are classes that are currently available for registration or are currently in progress.

Fall 2019

CHICAGO LOOP

180 N Michigan Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60601
Conference Room
Oct 30, 2019-Jan 8, 2020
Wednesday Evenings
5:30PM - 8PM

October 30th

November 6th

November 13th

November 20th

(SKIPPING 11/27/19)

December 4th

December 11th

December 18th

(SKIPPING 12/25/19)

(SKIPPING 1/1/19)
January 8th 

Retreat half-day on 

Saturday December 7th 1pm-5pm

Winter 2020

LINCOLN SQUARE

Esquina Chicago
(next to Nomadic Ant)
4602 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
January 25, 2020-March 21, 2020
Saturday Mornings
10am-12:30pm

January 25th

February 1st

February 8th

February 15th

February 22nd

RETREAT DAY  February 29th*

March 7th

March 14th

March 21st

*Retreat half-day offered on Saturday, February 29th 1pm-5pm; no regular class on that day

Spring 2020

CHICAGO LOOP

Cathedral Counseling Center
50 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
April 8th - May 27th, 2020
Wednesday Evenings
5:30PM - 8PM
 
April 15th
April 22nd
April 29th
May 6th
May 13th
May 20th
May 27th
June 3rd

 

Retreat half-day on

Saturday May 16th 1pm-5pm

 

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