Mindful Self-Compassion for Pain Workshop
Practical Tools for Alleviating Pain
About 50 million adult Americans suffer from some sort of chronic pain. When we feel pain, we instinctively tense up and worry about it. The opposite, mindfulness, is a simple mental practice that can bring significant relief to those suffering from pain. Recently, self-compassion has been identified as a key ingredient in mindfulness that makes it so successful. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is powerfully associated with mental and physical wellbeing, including reduced pain.
- Anyone can learn self-compassion. In this workshop, each participant will have first-hand experience of self-compassion and learn ways to bring self-compassion into their daily lives to alleviate pain.
- And it isn’t a lot of work. Self-compassion only takes a moment of dropping the struggle with pain, much as you might feel when someone truly understands what you’re going through and cares deeply about your wellbeing. This capacity is in each of us—we only need to tap it to feel better.
- And it will make you stronger. Contrary to popular belief, research shows that self-compassionate people are emotionally stronger, kinder, happier, and they cope better.
Please join us for a day of self-compassion and see for yourself. You do not need any experience with mindfulness or self-compassion to attend. All you need is an open mind and a sincere wish to live your life more fully.
Participants will have freedom to take care of themselves - sitting, standing or reclining at any time during the program - mats, cushions and chairs will be available.
Instructors: Chris Germer, PhD and Susan Pollak MTS, EdD
Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion
at the Cambridge Health Alliance Central Street Care Clinic
26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $149 Registration Rate, Lunch included
To learn more about the Center for Mindfulness & Compassion - and our programs - please visit us at chacmc.org
About the Instructors:
Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He is a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion.
Susan Pollak, MTS EdD is President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP), a co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her book, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, with Thomas Pedulla and Ronald D. Siegel, is the first hands-on guide to bringing meditation into psychotherapy. Dr. Pollak is a co-editor of The Cultural Transition; and a contributing author of Mapping the Moral Domain; Evocative Objects; and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition.
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