Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Core Skills Workshop with Kristy Arbon

Friday, June 01 2018 9:00 AM - Saturday, June 02 2018 4:00 PM [CST]

2320, North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60614, United States

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Friday, June 01 2018 9:00 AM - Saturday, June 02 2018 4:00 PM [CST]

DePaul University Lincoln Park Levan Hall Room 405, 2320, Chicago, IL, 60614, United States.


DASC-Chicago welcomes Kristy Arbon, the Founder and CEO of HeartWorks Training. HeartWorks Training supports those in their practice of self-compassion, mindfulness, somatic awareness, shame resilience and tapping into emergent self-wisdom. Her work has deep roots in Mindful Self-Compassion, Internal Family Systems, Sensory Modulation, Brene Brown’s shame resilience model, Buddhist philosophy and exploration of archetypes. Kristy is a qualified social worker, a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, a qualified fitness instructor and she has completed Internal Family Systems Level 1 training. She is the developer of the Somatic Self-Compassion curriculum and she adapted the Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum for the online environment. Kristy has assisted in numerous Mindful Self Compassion trainings and worked closely with Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, the developers of the program, to eventually create the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website with them. Kristy has taught many Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) courses over the last 5 years; some with Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, the developers of the MSC program. She also assisted Chris and Kristin in starting the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and is currently the Coordinator of Live Online MSC for the Center.


Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to ourselves in the same situations.


Self-compassion is a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect.


This workshop is designed to be of benefit for Clinical and Counseling Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and Licensed Professional Counselors, and covers core skills from the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, specifically oriented toward caregivers and clinicians.


This workshop is designed to help participants:

1. Understand the physiology of self-compassion

2. Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

3. Take care of oneself while also taking care of others

4. Teach self-compassion exercises to clients

5. Teach foundational MSC skills, in order to attend future advanced MSC trainings

Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.



12 CEUs are available for LSWs, LCSWs, LPCs, and LCPCs

12 CEUs are available for Licensed Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

Attendees must attend both days to qualify for continuing education credits.


DASC-Chicago is a Registered Social Worker Continuing Education Sponsor in the state of Illinois and an American Psychological Association Continuing Education Sponsor.



The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago was founded in 2005 after it became apparent that there was a significant shortage of quality Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) available in Chicago. Many people with treatable disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety and Major Depressive Disorder were suffering needlessly because they could not access quality care. It has been the mission of DASC to address this shortage by providing services to those suffering and also offering training opportunities to other professionals to increase the availability of CBT and DBT. DASC has a highly-trained clinical staff specializing in using and teaching CBT and DBT. Opportunities for ongoing consultation and training in CBT and DBT are available. www.dascchicago.com

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