Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) teaches simple, practical skills that help you to respond to difficult moments in your life with kindness, care and understanding
The Transformation You're Looking For Has Arrived:
Befriend Yourself and Build Your Resilience
THE NEXT MSC COURSE STARTS ONLINE ON SUNDAY JUNE 28!! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
FREE ORIENTATION SESSIONS ON SUNDAY MAY 31 AND JUNE 7; ALL DETAILS BELOW
During these difficult times, we are offering MSC online (via Zoom) with a special compassionate discount
What is Mindful Self-Compassion?
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is the ability to be present in the face of challenges and support ourselves in the same way we would support a good, loyal friend. The MSC course is a cutting-edge, applied mindfulness course that will help you discover and tap into powerful human strengths that all of us already have. The program is very practical and includes many skills you can apply in your daily life. The 9-session MSC program is scientifically-supported and based on the groundbreaking research and clinical work of Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. MSC builds on our basic resources as human beings. As a human being, each of us already has the capacity for kindness, peace, and openness. MSC teaches core principles and practices that empower participants to respond to the stresses and difficulties of their lives with a kind, connected presence. In MSC, participants cultivate skills of self-compassion with experiential exercises and practices that they can apply in their daily lives.
The three key components of self-compassion are...
The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful awareness. Kindness helps us learn to respond to and treat ourselves like a good friend, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we realize we’re not alone in our difficulty. Mindfulness connects us to the present moment, so we are aware what is happening right now. Woven together as mindful self-compassion, these three elements can generate a state of warm-hearted, connected presence. Think of it as a kind smile when you feel stressed.Anyone can develop self-compassion, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or people who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. How is that? Because the program builds resources that all human beings already possess, even if we did not work to develop these resources in the past. As human beings, we are born with the capacity for kindness and the capacity to be present. Self compassion is a courageous, empowered stance that stands up to stress and difficulty, including the ways that we unwittingly hurt on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit that we’re not perfect, be authentically ourselves,motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, and relate more wholeheartedly to others. 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. After participating in this training program, 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 savoring and self-appreciation
How the MSC Training Course Works
The MSC program includes 8 sessions plus a 4 hour retreat. We learn at least 2 or 3 new skills in each and every session! Before registering, please check the schedule. Participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 20-30 minutes per day throughout the program.
Program activities include...
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.
Please look at MSC as an experiential training and not a class. The main 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 like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is one foundation of self compassion.
MSC is also not psychotherapy or treatment. The emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds.
Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way. It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, the teacher is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.
Who Are We? Meet The Teachers
Benjamin Weinstein, PhD
Dr. Ben is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been living in Thailand since 2003. He has a private practice at Psychological Services International and is an adjunct lecturer for the Psychology Department of Chiang Mai University. He also works as a consultant and resilience trainer for companies, NGOs and healthcare organizations, including the Thailand Department of Mental Health. Dr. Ben has been practicing mindfulness since 2007 and MSC since 2016. In 2017, Ben became Thailand’s first Trained Teacher of MSC and as of January 2020, Ben is Thailand’s and Southeast Asia’s first (and for the moment only…) Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. Ben has devoted himself to developing as an MSC Teacher because he’s really excited about MSC’s powerful possibilities for growth and healing.
Lihi Darnell, MSCP
Lihi is a licensed counseling psychologist living in Bangkok with her family since 2010. Her interest in Buddhist psychology and mindfulness began in 1999 and she started practicing self-compassion in 2016. Lihi is enthusiastic about the MSC program; in addition to completing the MSC course and being the course Mental Health Assistant for a year before taking the Teacher’s Training in January 2019, she has conducted research on the benefits of self-compassion. Lihi adores flowers and feels we should stop to admire them more often!
Mindful Self Compassion Course (Information, Schedule & Location)
Orientation to Mindful Self-Compassion
Want to learn more about Mindful Self-Compassion? Each course starts with an open orientation session. Please join us for this brief orientation: you’ll get to taste the mindful self compassion experience and meet us in person. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.
ENHANCED Online MSC Course – Information and Fee
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend. Everyone needs to attend the free, pre-course orientation session to register for the full course. English fluency is required for this program. You must be at least 20 years of age to register.
How is this MSC program enhanced? This program includes the 9 core course sessions PLUS additional midweek practice sessions to support your developing skills, answer your questions and strengthen your self-compassion.
What does your registration include?
- 8 Weekly Course Sessions on Sunday mornings 10:00am-12:30 (20 hours)
- If Sundays don’t work for you, and you want to participate on a weekday during the day, please email us. We’re building a list of people who want to attend a weekday course.
- 1 Retreat Session 3.5 hours
- Mid-week, MSC skill-practice sessions on Wednesdays at 5:00-5:45pm. (5.5 hours)
- All sessions are LIVE online with two skilled and experiened teachers (sessions are not recorded)
- Participant workbook (plus A LOT of additional materials including guided meditations and links online resources and poems!)
Enhanced MSC Course fee:
PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME, WE ARE DISCOUNTING THE COURSE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS AND OFFERING A SPECIAL COMPASSIONATE DISCOUNT.
The online MSC course fee is THB15,000 (discounted from 20,000). The special compassionate discount will allow anyone to register for THB10,000.
Payment options: Bank transfer within Thailand is preferred; otherwise payment by Zelle or transferwise
Please see registration instructions below the map; new participants must attend an orientation session
- In order to establish and maintain psychological safety in the course, we ask participants to provide some personal background information when they register for the program.
- The MSC course is not a form of treatment or a subsitute for mental health treatment.
- Participants who attend at least 90% of the program will receive a certificate of completion, which is the basis for participation in further MSC training.
- Participants may receive a refund up until one week before the course. After that point, there are no refunds.
2020 Course Schedule!!
The next MSC Course starts in June 28, LIVE online: registration is now open
Each participant needs to attend a free, helpful, online orientation session before the course starts. This helps us get to know each other, explain what the course is about and answer your questions.
EXCITING NEWS: The current version of the course is an enhanced version, with 7 mid-week skill-practice sessions to help you practice and build your mindfulness and self-compassion!
Core course sessions are Sunday mornings and mid-week practice sessions are Wednesdays at 5:00pm.
|Online MSC: 2020 June – August Schedule
Course (Sundays) and Optional Practice (Wednesday) Sessions
All Sessions Online by Zoom
|Sunday, May 31; at 2pm||Participant Orientation||MSC Course Orientation (this is a free and required session for anyone who has not already completed the MSC Course); Choose one time to attend|
|Sunday, June 7; at 2pm||Participant Orientation|
|Sunday June 28; 10:00am-12:45pm||MSC Session 1||This is the core MSC course session; we learn new ideas and skills every week!!|
|Wednesday, July 1; 5:00-5:45pm||Practice Session 1||This is a session to practice MSC together; plus time for Q/A|
|Sunday, July 5; 10:00am-12:45pm||MSC Session 2|
|Wednesday, July 8; 5:00-5:45pm||Practice Session 2|
|Sunday, July 12; 10:00am-12:45pm||MSC Session 3|
|Wednesday, July 15; 5:00-5:45pm||Practice Session 3|
|Sunday, July 19; 10:00am-12:30pm||MSC Session 4|
|Wednesday, July 22; 5:00-5:45pm||Practice Session 4|
|Sunday, July 26, 10:00am-12:30pm||MSC Session 5|
|Wednesday, July 29; 5:00-5:45pm||Practice Session 5|
|Sunday, August 2; 10:00am-1:30pm||MSC Retreat Session||This is a session of concentrated practice and is 3.5 hours.|
|Sunday, August 9; 10:00am-12:30pm||MSC Session 6|
|Wednesday, August 12; 5:00-5:45pm||Practice Session 6|
|Sunday, August 16; 10:00am-12:30pm||MSC Session 7|
|Wednesday, August 19; 5:00-5:45pm||Final Practice Session 7|
|Sunday, August 23; 10:00am-12:30pm||MSC Session 8 (final session)|
If you want to be notified when registration opens for that course, sign up here.
What’s the next step? If you wan to take the next step, please register for the ONLINE Orientation- it just takes a few minutes!!
Psychological Services International (PSI)
9/3 Sukhumvit 43
Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
How To Register
1. Please check the course schedule and make sure that your schedule allows you to participate fully.
2. Register for one of the online orientation sessions on Sunday April 5 or Sunday April 12 at 10am! (this session is free but registration is required).
3. Attend the Orientation Session. If you decide you want to try MSC, complete the online background information form and complete the consent form and pay your registration fee to hold your seat in the group. Space is limited and if demand is high, spaces will be given to people in the order they pay.
If you have any questions, please email us!!
4. If you paid a deposit, pay the remainder before the first session.
5. To register for the Orientation Session for 8 Week MSC course please fill the Registration Form.