Mindful Self-Compassion: Heart Skills for Our Families and Ourselves in Challenging Times

Apr 29, 2020 3:00PM Eastern (US and Canada)

In these challenging times, schools and businesses have closed, families are shut in at home, and coronavirus cases and deaths are mounting. Families, children, and those of us who work with them face high levels of stress, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and grief. This is especially true for those of us who live and work in communities that are over-burdened and under-resourced.

In response, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, the Center for Child and Family Well-being at the University of Washington, and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion have teamed up for a three-part webinar series that will introduce families and family-facing providers to mindful self-compassion (MSC) practices to help them care for themselves and each other. Research has shown that these practices can greatly enhance emotional well-being, boost resilience, reduce anxiety and depression, and even help foster healthy lifestyle habits.

This first webinar will provide an introduction to MSC, the research that supports it, and a few simple ways we can bring it into our lives during these challenging times. Many people feel uncertain about mindfulness and self-compassion, and wonder whether they really would feel right and work for them. Participants will learn how MSC is being practiced in diverse communities around the world, can build resilience in all kinds of families, reduce caregiver burnout, and strengthen relationships. Participants also will have a chance to experience MSC through a few brief practice exercises during the webinar.

Bring your stress and your questions!

Joshua Sparrow, MD
Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Christopher Germer, PhD
Co-founder, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC); Co-developer, MSC Program

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC
Founder and Director, Community of Mindful Parenting; Co-founder, Listening Mothers; Certified MSC Facilitator

Join us again:
Wednesday, May 13; 3 to 4 PM ET
Wednesday, June 24; 3 to 4 PM ET