Mindful Self‐Compassion Core Skills Training

What's In It For Me

After participating in this two-day online training, you will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the three components of Mindful Self Compassion
  • Practice with practical techniques to apply self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Neutralize and gradually reduce automatic self criticism and harsh self judgments
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Use guided meditations to build your own self-compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the savoring, gratitude and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients


Course Overview

This online workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically supported training program based on the clinical perspective of Chris Germer, PhD and the pioneering research of Kristin Neff, PhD.


MSC is a resource-building program that makes participants more resilient. This 2-day, online workshop will introduce the MSC model and teach numerous skills. The workshop will give you simple, practical skills that you can use in everyday life for a range of common issues. This will be a fast-paced interactive work-shop that reproduces many of the features of an in-person workshop. You will not be listening to boring, endless lecture. Brief topic presentation will be interspersed with experiential exercises and skill practice along with small-group discussions, followed by large-group Q/A, before moving on to the next topic and skill. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn skills to evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.

A large and rapidly increasing body of research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping well with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, more healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relationships.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness

toward difficult experience (emotions, sensations, thoughts). Self-compassion comes next—bringing kind awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion includes the capacity to comfort, soothe and validate ourselves, but also to protect and provide for ourselves, and to motivate ourselves to achieve our goals. MSC is particularly useful for human service and social service professionals who deal with high workload and resource limitations which are inherently stressful.



Who Should Attend

This workshop is for social-service and human-services professionals who works as caregivers or those who work in social-service or human-service organizations with

high levels of stress and demand. Professionals who occupy roles as caregivers will especially benefit from the training.

No background with mindfulness or meditation is necessary to attend and benefit from the workshop.

* This course is a Pre-Requisite for attending Integrating Self‐Compassion into Therapy and Counseling


Course Duration

2-day (9.30am - 5.30pm)

Upcoming run: 20 & 27 Sep 2023 (Online

Total Training Duration (Hour)

14 hours

Course Outline
  • Self-Compassion Theory
  • Self-Compassion: Research
  • Meditation: Affectionate Breathing
  • Our Wandering Minds
  • Present-Moment Awareness and Resistance
  • How Mindfulness and Compassion Dance
  • Introducing Backdraft
  • Myths and Misgivings about Self-Compassion
  • Dialogue with Your Inner Critic
  • Research about Self-Criticism
  • Why Do We Criticize Ourselves?
  • Meditation: Loving-kindness for a Loved One
  • Practicing with Phrases
  • Meditation: Giving and Receiving Compassion
  • Finding Hidden Value in Suffering
  • Stages of Acceptance
  • Meeting Difficult Emotions
  • How to Meet Shame
  • Empathic Resonance
  • Caregiver Fatigue
  • Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice
  • Negativity Bias
  • Cultivating Happiness: Savoring and Gratitude
  • Self-appreciation

Certification Obtained and Conferred by

Participants who meet 75% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.

Medium of Instruction & Trainer

Benjamin Weinstein, PhD


As a Clinical Psychologist, university lecturer and trainer serving expatriate and local communities across Southeast Asia since 2003, Ben is committed to facilitating growth and development in many contexts. Ben is honored to be a certified teacher of Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff’s remarkable Mindful-Self Compassion (MSC) training course. As someone who has spent his entire working life devoted to applying psychological and behavioral science to help others learn, develop, and grow, Ben is profoundly inspired by the proven, transformative alchemy of mindfulness, purpose-guided engaged living, and self-compassion. 


Ben has been practicing and teaching mindfulness since 2007. Ben attended the MSC program in 2016 and is now a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion; Ben was the first certified MSC teacher in Thailand and he regularly teaches the MSC program in English and in Thai. Having spent decades trying to understand the most effective, scientifically valid and practical ways that people can realize their full potential in daily life, Ben is passionate about the concrete and simple skills taught in the MSC training course. These skills are simple to learn and practice and begin to produce immediate changes in participants’ daily lives. At the same time, as the skills strengthen over time, they can also take participants on a journey of growth and discovery to truly live life to the fullest.


Ben provides clinical services through Psychological Services International in Bangkok, Thailand. Ben uses an experiential-behavioral approach to psychotherapy, specializing in trauma, emotional regulation, intercultural adjustment, dislocations, transitions and resilience.   He works from an integrative cognitive-behavioral model focusing on using applied mindfulness skills to help clients make their lives fulfilling and meaningful.


Ben is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Psychology in the Graduate School of Chiang Mai University. From 2005-2016, he was a lecturer at the Graduate School of Psychology of Assumption University and director of the professional development program.  


In addition to being a therapist and lecturer, Ben is frequently involved in providing trainings for corporate and humanitarian clients on resilience, adjusting to change, and managing uncertainty. Ben specializes in providing resilience training to humanitarian workers in intensely demanding roles and locations and has provided his services on site in Afghanistan and Iraq, and remotely for clients around the globe. Current and former clients include the Thailand Department of Mental Health, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Veterans Health Administration (USA), Konterra, American Psychological Association, DFID, Save the Children UK, UN ESCAP, UN FAO, UNHCR, the Burnet Institute, Asian Institute of Technology, NOREC (formerly FK Norway), Asia Business Forum, CIMB Group, Chevron (Thailand), Unilever-Best Foods (Thailand), DST Global, and Pepsico, Thailand.  All trainings for small groups and organizations are based on recent scientific research in neuroscience, positive psychology, contemplative science and applied mindfulness.


When not practicing psychotherapy, he volunteers his time to support urban asylum seekers in Bangkok and helps organize mindfulness retreats and trainings for Thai healthcare professionals. Ben holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 


Funding Information

NCSS member and MSF-funded Social Service Agencies are able to apply for PCG/VCF Funding

PCG/VCF Funding is pre-approved at 45% per pax for Singaporeans/PR (Ref No. PAS00002935, End date of approval: 8 Mar 2024)

Course Fee Payable
Original Fee Before GST With GST (9%)
Course Fee $600.00 $654.00
Corporate Pricing (Fee payable to Training Provider)
Non-SME Before GST With GST (9%)
NCSS PCG 45% funding (SC/PRs) $330.00 $359.70
SME Before GST With GST (9%)
NCSS PCG 45% funding (SC/PRs) $330.00 $359.70

 Early Bird Fee (before GST): S$500 (register and pay by 9 Aug 2023)

* Discount will be reflected during payment checkout / billing invoice

NCSS member and MSF-funded Social Service Agencies are able to apply for PCG/VCF Funding - refer to Funding Information under 'Additional Details' tab

Please note that prices are subject to change.
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