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Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals
Germer, Christopher and Kristin Neff
Guilford Press / Softcover / 2019-08-01 / 1462538894
Mindfulness & Psychotherapy
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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 Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff 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. Note: This book is not intended to replace formal training for teaching the MSC program.

See also two related resources for MSC participants and general readers, T he Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook , by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion , by Christopher Germer.


“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,

Table of Contents:

I. Self-Compassion: Theory, Research, and Training

1. An Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion <--sample

2. What Is Self-Compassion?

3. The Science of Self-Compassion

4. Teaching Self-Compassion

II. On Teaching Mindful Self-Compassion

5. Understanding the Curriculum

6. Teaching Topics and Guiding Practices

7. Being a Compassionate Teacher

8. Facilitating Group Process

9. Engaging in Inquiry

III. Session by Session

10. Session 1: Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

11. Session 2: Practicing Mindfulness

12. Session 3: Practicing Loving-Kindness

13. Session 4: Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

14. Session 5: Living Deeply

15. Session R: Retreat

16. Session 6: Meeting Difficult Emotions

17. Session 7: Exploring Challenging Relationships

18. Session 8: Embracing Your Life

IV. Integrating Self-Compassion into Psychotherapy

19. Mindful Self-Compassion and Psychotherapy

20. Special Issues in Therapy


A. Ethical Guidelines

B. Companion Reading

C. Resources

About the Authors:

Christopher Germer, PhD, has a private practice in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy in Arlington, Massachusetts, and is a part-time Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. His books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition (for professionals). Dr. Germer lectures and leads workshops internationally. His website is

Kristin Neff, PhD, is Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin and a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research. Her books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program (for professionals). She is also author of an audio program, Self-Compassion: Step by Step, and has published numerous academic articles. She lectures and offers workshops worldwide. Together with Christopher Germer, Dr. Neff hosts an 8-hour online course, "The Power of Self-Compassion." Her website is

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