Trainers: Felecia Pullen, Dr. Carrie Wilkens, and Karolina Kowarz, PsyD
Dates: August 14-16, 2020
Cost: $300 (Scholarships available - please reach out to Meg Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org)
As a community, we have recently experienced trauma associated with racial, social and economic injustice. As a result, many of us have been impacted by loss, depression, anxiety and uncertainty. But we have been here before, and we have used our strength and skills to overcome.
Today, CMC:FFC is partnering with The PILLARS to offer a Self-Compassion Skills Workshop to help us love ourselves and one another through this current struggle. Our organizations’ collective mission is to help us to heal ourselves and our community.
Some of us may already practice self-love, and others are in the early stages of learning. We invite you to see where you are in this practice; and to explore how you may grow and help others to learn self-love, too.
Self-compassion is the skill of bringing kindness toward ourselves and our experience. It is the process of becoming a friend to oneself when in the midst of emotional suffering (e.g., feeling shame, anger, sadness, fear or stress.). This means showing up for oneself with warmth, patience, and understanding rather than judgement and criticism. Through strengthening self-compassion skills and becoming a reliable ally/support toward ourselves, we actually boost our emotional resilience. Research has consistently demonstrated self-compassion to be linked to emotional well-being (reducing depression, anxiety and shame), healthy coping when faced with life stressors, and better physical health and immune function.
This workshop will focus on training a variety of skills and concepts drawn from the eight-week MSC program developed by Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. The workshop will involve a combination of psychoeducation and experiential exercises. Our hope is that together we can discuss ways to ensure these skills are culturally attuned and accessible to everyone who could benefit from some additional love and kindness during these difficult times.