Short Course in
3-Week Course | Live Online
Mindful Self-Compassion is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond to ourselves when difficulties arise. It draws upon the skill of mindfulness and the resource of self-compassion to build inner strength and resilience so we can support ourselves, just as we would a dear friend.
The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC) was developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion and Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness, compassion and psychotherapy.
The short course is an adapted version of the full 8-week course in MSC and is a great starting point if you're interested in exploring and developing self-compassion in your daily life! The short course is a lower time and financial commitment, and if you decide you want to reinforce what you've learned and also go deeper, you can enroll in the full 8-week program in the future.
Want to hear more + learn a few tips for cultivating self-compassion from instructor Kristen Genzano? Watch this brief interview with KATU Portland news here!
Summer Program 2021
July 12 - 29
Every Monday & Thursday, 6:30-8pm PT
LIVE and online, from the comfort of your home
Kristen Genzano and Kim Levan
Registration for the summer course is now closed. To get a notification when the next course is published, please click here:
Sliding Scale Tuition
We recognize times are difficult for so many right now and we don’t want finances to be a limiting factor to your participation. To that end, we offer a tiered payment option.
Reduced rate: $250
Pay for yourself: $325
Pay it forward (covers you + supports another): $375
If you need additional assistance please email
SC-MSC is a 3-week program consisting of 6 bi-weekly LIVE virtual classes, 1.5 hours each. The classes provide a variety of short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.
What is Self-Compassion
Discovering your Compassionate Voice
Self-Compassion and Resilience
Self-Compassion and Burnout
A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.
– CHRIS GERMER
What You Will Learn
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.
Self-Compassion is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—more fully ourselves. Fortunately, it can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children.
During this course, you will gain tools and resources that help you to:
Understand the basic theoretical underpinnings of self-compassion and how they can be directly applied to improve your quality of life
Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
Practice self-compassion in daily life to manage life's challenges
Grow and sustain your compassion for others and learn to include yourself in that circle of compassion
Be softer with you. You are a breathing thing.
A memory to someone. A home to a life.
– NAYYIRAH WAHEED
Each class will be conducted live on Zoom. Full technical support is provided in advance to those who need it. To get the most out of the experience we ask that you:
Have a laptop, or another device, with good internet connection and audio/video capability
Find a quiet space in your home for each class where you are least likely to be disturbed
Commit to at least 15 minutes a day of home practice (if possible) between classes
Kim is a resident Pause Meditation instructor, a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, and Life Coach with ten years experience facilitating leadership development programs and workshops. Kim is also a Consultant at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and a Strategic Energy Management Coach at Energy 350.
Kristen is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Portland. She's passionate about teaching Mindful Self-Compassion as it has deepened her relationship with herself beyond her expectations. To learn more about Kristen and her clinical work, visit her website.
Self-compassion is a way of emotionally recharging our batteries.
– DR. KRISTIN NEFF
Further Opportunities + Resources
Upon completion of the Short Course MSC program, you will be invited to join our quarterly Circle of Practice for MSC graduates
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer
Reflections from Past Students