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Se;f-Compassion: The Science, Practice and Transformation

Self-compassion practice is often misunderstood, yet a growing body of research indicates it is a more accurate measure of mental health than self-esteem. This course will clearly define the three elements of self-compassion, challenge common myths and misconceptions, explore the neuroscience and research behind this practice, and provide participants with a variety of means for cultivating their own self-compassion practice. The class will include instruction, discussion and experiential learning. While an academic understanding of self-compassion may be obtained in class, true acquisition of this skill comes from assignments and practice between classes.

Instructor: Deirdre Staton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Since completing her education at Virginia Commonwealth University, Deirdre has spent over 20 years as a therapist working in inpatient psychiatric settings, emergency services, hospice, corrections, and community mental health, and is currently in private practice. She has found self-compassion practice transformative in her own life and is pursuing certification as a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Suggested Reading: Helpful but not required readings include: Self-Compassion (2011) by Kristin Neff and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (2009) by Christopher Germer.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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