Mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) have become well established evidenced-based complementary treatment modalities for psychological distress including depression and anxiety (Goyal et al, 2014), disturbed eating behaviors (Mason et al, 2017), addictions (Witkiewitz et al, 2013), and caregiver burnout (Krasner, 2009). MBPs are typically structured 8-week programs delivered by trained/certified teachers to heterogenous or homogeneous populations. Research has shown that one common outcome from participation in MBPs is an increase in self-compassion, which is linked to psychological well-being (MacBeth & Gumley, 2012).
Compassion is an important element in psychotherapy. The cultivation of self-compassion may help psychotherapists adopt a compassionate approach in the course of psychotherapeutic interventions, as well as improve patient care and promote job satisfaction (Scarlet, Altmeyer, Knier & Harpin, 2017).
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a structured, manualized (Germer & Neff, 2019) 8-Week MBP that combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance emotional resilience. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff, PhD and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, PhD, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to open to the present moment, feel connected to self and others and respond with compassion. By participating in the personal practice (PP) model, this opportunity for self-experiential learning may be helpful for therapists both at the personal and professional development levels. Research has shown that mental health professionals who participate in this structured, manualized self-compassion training can increase self-compassion and psychological well-being (Yela et al, 2019), traits that are important in being an effective psychotherapist, and reduce caregiver burnout (Delaney, 2018 & Eriksson et al, 2018). Further, therapists can share the practices learned in this program with clients to enhance their emotional resilience.
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