Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience

A One-Day Workshop with Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Friday, January 31, 2014, 9 AM—4 PM
Registration at 8:30 AM, lunch included
StoneWater Country Club, Grand Rapids, MI 

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) will cover the costs for 10 faculty -- tenure and non-tenure track alike -- to participate in this workshop.  If you are interested, please contact FCTL at

About the workshop:  For many years, self-esteem was seen to be the key to psychological health. However, research psychologists have identified several downsides to the endless pursuit of self-esteem such as ego-defensiveness, constant social comparisons, and instability of self-worth. Research suggests that self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to oneself, offering all the benefits of self-esteem without its downsides. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into daily life. You will learn how to stop being so hard on yourself, handle difficult emotions with greater ease, and motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism. Practices will also be introduced to help ease stress for caregivers.  This workshop is relevant for the general public and to practicing mental health professionals.

Kristin Neff received her doctorate in Human Development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. She is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. She offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide, and has developed an eight-week program to help people learn to be more self-compassionate in daily life. (see:

Continuing Education Credits available for Nursing and Social Work. 

Hosted by the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness