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Mindful Self-Compassion – 8 Week Course ONLINE - mHub South Africa

A course for Rwandan and Kenyan Health Counselors who support vulnerable individuals and communities during COVID-19 pandemic
Jun 03, 2022 – Jul 08, 2022, ONLINE via Zoom

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week 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. Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2 3/4 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. A stable internet connection will be required to attend the online course on the Zoom platform. Everyone is welcome, including people of all backgrounds and identities. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. Participants will be asked to provide some personal information when they register for this course to help teachers determine their safety and readiness for this kind of emotional work.

This particular course is offered thanks to the support of a grant through the "Compassion Corps". Therefore, as participant, you will be requested to participate in an evaluation after the course for future offerings. We would also like to get your permission to later use your image or short recording of how the course served you for our website. The program is planned to start on Friday, January 28th. The full schedule will be shared with all the successful candidates. Deadline for registration: January 24th, 2022

The MSC program draws on the skills of mindfulness and focuses on developing our innate resource of self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—more fully ourselves.

Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, meditations and home practices. MSC is an opportunity to explore, how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves while also becoming our own inner protector and ally. This is an opportunity to explore our innate capacities for both tender and fierce inner and outer compassion. MSC allows us to connect with our common humanity and a deeper understanding of how we are all interconnected and do not need to feel alone.

We will meet each session for 2 3/4 hours, in order to accommodate for the need to stretch and connect together in a virtual format. The original course has a duration of 26 hours; here we add an additional 2 hours of course time, plus extra arrival time prior to each session.

MSC Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

This program is designed for an African public approached through mHub and Susan Gitau's network.

Your teachers:

Mirjam Luthe is a Certified MSC Teacher, a Certified MBSR teacher, trained in the Mindful Schools Curriculum, Council Practice and contemplative dialog. At CMSC, she works as International Affairs Manager. She has worked as a consultant and trainer in many developing countries and stands for a socially engaged practice. Building and supporting sangha, creating spaces for deep listening and ethical action is Mirjam's heartfelt intention.

Susan Gitau is a Trained MSC Teacher, a lecturer & Chair of Counseling Department atAfrica Nazarene University, Kenya, a Counseling Psychologist Consultant and Certified Mediator and Accredited Senior Counselor Supervisor. She works as a Trauma Counseling Expert and Research Consultant in Mental Health in Kenya.


Course details:

Jun 03, 2022 – Jul 08, 2022
Exact course dates to be published soon. https://www.global-engagement.org/blog/rmlp/mindful-self-compassion
ONLINE via Zoom