Online Mindful Self Compassion Training Course

Online Mindful Self Compassion Training Course
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From Mon 27 April 2020 to Mon 29 June 2020
From Monday 27 April 2020 to Monday 29 June 2020
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

*This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training 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.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.

For more information on Mindfulness & Self Compassion check out the following video

After participating in this training course, you’ll be able to

*Practice self-compassion in daily life

*Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion

*Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

*Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

*Transform challenging relationships, old and new

*Manage caregiver fatigue

*Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

What To Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Beneficial change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

Compassion is a positive, energizing emotion. However, it is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions may arise. MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey enjoyable for everyone.

This MSC Training Course includes 1 orientation session and 8 weekly sessions (2.5 hrs in length each) + a full day retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.


This program will be facilitated by Nicole LeBlanc (MA, MSW RSW). Nicole is a clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Qualified Mindfulness teacher. She is qualified in the following mindfulness intervention approaches: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine) and Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) (developed by Dr. Jean Kristeller, co-founder of Center for Mindful Eating NH). She is currently a teacher-in-training in Mindfulness Self Compassion Training (MSC) (University of San Diego, School of Medicine).



1 orientation session (mandatory) on Monday, April 27th, 2020.

Followed by 8 weekly sessions beginning Monday, May 4th, 2020 to June 29th, 2020.  May 18th will be skipped as it is a stat holiday.

Sessions are from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Full day silent retreat on Sunday, June 7th, 2020 from 9:30am to 4pm.

Cost: $495.00 CAD, due 1 week prior to the first session of the program.  To save cost on Eventbrite fees email or call 613.225.7272 to pay directly to the location site.

This program would not be appropriate for anyone who is

* under the age of 18

*currently struggling with an active addiction

* experiencing psychosis

*in crisis

* experienced a recent trauma

Refund Policy

Refund Policy: Can be requested seven (7) days before starting date: Amount paid less $100.00 (administration fee) No refund requests following this period.

Receipts are offered for insurance coverage by extended health insurance. Check with your insurance company prior to course registration to inquire if this course will be reimbursed under your insurance plan. Many companies nationally and internationally have historically covered the cost of this course.

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