Recently, the latest book by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, the developers of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, was published: “Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: a guide for professionals”.

This book is specially intended for Mindful Self-Compassion teachers and is a true authoritative guide on mindful self-compassion, the curriculum, literature and the training per session.

As Jack Kornfield (writer of “A Path with Heart”) describes the book: “Wise and heartfelt, visionary and thorough, this guide is a rich and practical treasure. The work of Germer and Neff is an invaluable gift for our times. ”

Authoritative guide

The book consists of 4 parts:

  1. Self-Compassion: Theory, Research, and Training
  2. On Teaching Mindful Self-Compassion
  3. Session by Session
  4. Integrating Self-Compassion into Psychotherapy

The book is a step by step guide through facilitating the MSC training: the content, pedagogy, but also how to engage with participants, how to manage group processes and how to overcome common obstacles. In addition, Germer and Neff describe and review relevant theory, background and research.

And the book comes with a great extra: as a reader you get access to the corresponding website with audio recordings of the guided meditations.

Neff and Germer state clearly: this book is not intended to replace the Mindful Self Compassion teacher training. It serves as an thorough guide for MSC teachers and it informs you about the possibilities and use of the mindful self-compassion training. This can be interesting for psychologists, social workers and coaches who are considering following the teacher training.

More information

“Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: a guide for professionals” by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. Note: Dutch translation is expected in the 2nd half of 2020.

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