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The San Francisco Center for Self-Compassion
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Mindful Self-Compassion ~ 8-Week Course begins October 19!

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." ~ Carl Rogers

Mindful Self-Compassion 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.

This course focuses on building resources and cultivating mindfulness, self-kindness and a sense of interconnectedness. It is appropriate for the general public, as well as healthcare professionals. For an additional fee, CEUs are available for MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, nurses and psychologists.

For more information please visit: http://www.leaseigenshinraku.com/workshops-groups/
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Many people struggle not just with self-judgment itself, but with feeling confused and ashamed by the fact that they struggle with it at all. Often, this shame and confusion come from having an incomplete understanding of what self-judgment is and how it develops.

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"Although self-compassion might sound like a vague, touchy-feely concept, a preponderance of empirical evidence speaks to its benefits."

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"Our findings are important not only because they help us to understand more about why people with a history of childhood trauma may develop psychiatric disorders or physical problems in adulthood, but also because they open the possibility of prevention and treatment strategies for these individuals."

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According to a recent U.K. study, "there is a rapid increase in depression from childhood to adulthood and one contributing factor could be bullying by peers."

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A recent study found that supervised play with guinea pigs resulted in lower social anxiety levels in children with autism: "The researchers speculate that because companion animals offer unqualified acceptance, their presence makes the children feel more secure."

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New study suggests that CBT isn't as effective as it once seemed ~ "studies in the last few years reported CBT's impact on depression was about half of what studies in the late 1970s reported." 

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"I was a machine gunner. I was supposed to take anyone out before they take us out, and getting hit was my responsibility, and my driver dying weighed a lot on me. I had that guilt for the longest time," said one participant. In therapy, he had a moment where he finally saw the big picture. "I saw my whole past completely differently," he says. "It no longer became something that was haunting me."

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"Evidence is mounting that making mental health care available in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools could help close the achievement gap between black and white students—and between U.S. kids and the rest of the world."

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"Evidence is mounting that making mental health care available in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools could help close the achievement gap between black and white students—and between U.S. kids and the rest of the world."
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