April 25-June 13, 2019
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.
Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Self-compassion is learned in part by connecting with our innate compassion for others, and self-compassion also helps to grow and sustain our compassion for others. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.
The course is co-facilitated by Mark Dannenfelser and Diane Hilleary.
Mark Dannenfelser, MA, LPC is Founding Director of the Mindfulness Center of Atlanta. He is a Certified MBSR Teacher (Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-GA), a Certified Spiritual Director (Spring Hill College), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). Mark is Adjunct Lecturer in the Graduate Theology program at Spring Hill College and is the Contemplative Outreach commissioned presenter of the Centering Prayer method for the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University. (www.MindfulnessCenterAtlanta.com)
Diane Hilleary, LCSW, CEDS is a psychotherapist in private practice in Brookhaven. Diane has been teaching mindfulness and emotion regulation skills for over 10 years in groups and workshops. She trained in Mindful Self-Compassion with founders Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Diane provides psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups with a specialization in eating disorders, anxiety, and trauma. She is the president of the Atlanta chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders.
If paying by check to register, your registration is marked as tentative until the check is received.
Included in your cost: 8 in-person 2.5 hr. Tuesday evening classes, 1 full day retreat-7 hrs. on a Saturday, all program handouts and audio recordings).