Integrating Self-Compassion into Counseling With Adults

What's In It For Me

This intermediate level workshop will guide clinicians on how to effectively integrate empirically-validated self-compassion skills into their sessions with adult clients. Participants will begin by learning and practicing self-compassion perspective and skills for themselves on Day 1 and in the subsequent weeks. On days 2 and 3, participants will learn a practical, clinical model for comprehensive integration of self-compassion into counseling. The three level model of compassionate presence, compassionate dialogue and compassionate interventions will guide experiential exercises for days 2 and 3, emphasizing a broad repertoire of flexible cognitive, affective and behavioral tools that empower self-directed emotion regulation and engagement with valued living. 


The skills and perspectives taught in this webinar can be applied across a wide-range of diagnoses and client populations. Since a self-compassion approach, like a mindfulness-based approach, can be used directly by clinicians inside and outside sessions to regulate their own emotional reactions, Self-Compassion is particularly useful for clinicians working under stressful or challenging conditions, such human service and social service professionals who deal with high workload and resource limitations.


Course Overview

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping well with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relationships.   This workshop is an introduction to integrating self-compassion flexibly into counselling and psychotherapy. This data-driven, experiential webinar is grounded in Kristin Neff’s (2003) model of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and the clinical perspectives of Chris Germer.


The overall objective of this webinar is to introduce the research and clinical techniques that can guide the integration of self-compassion into mental health treatment with adults so that participants can begin to flexibly integrate self-compassion perspectives and interventions into their clinical work. The skills and perspectives taught in this webinar are transtheoretical and can be smoothly integrated with a variety of therapeutic approaches with adults.


As a “transtheoretical” and “transdiagnostic” treatment process, self-compassion perspectives and interventions can be applied across a broad range of client populations, diagnoses and used by therapists from diverse theoretical backgrounds. SC is particularly useful for human service and social service professionals who deal with high workload and resource limitations which are inherently stressful.


In order to integrate self-compassion effectively into clinical work, clinicians must have direct personal experience with the self-compassion model and practices.  Day 1 focuses on introducing the core self-compassion model so that participants can practice for themselves. There is a two-week break between Day 1 and 2 so that participants have an opportunity to practice for themselves. Days 2 and 3 focus on the clinical integration of self-compassion with clients.


Who Should Attend

This workshop is for social-service and human-services professionals provide clinical services such as counseling, therapy, and psychotherapy. 

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

Participants will directly experience self-compassion, learn skills to evoke self-compassion in daily life and how to share these with clients. Participants are expected to practice mindfulness and self-compassion skills daily after session 1 and maintain a journal of their experiences.

Course Duration

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Course Outline

Day 1 focuses on learning basic self-compassion for personal practice which (1) is an essential prerequisite for integrating SC into clinical work, and (2) will enhance participant’s personal self care and resilience. 

After participating in Day 1 of this webinar training, participants will be able to:

  • Define self-compassion as a transtheoretical and transdiagnostic treatment process
  • Learn a 5-step model for becoming a self-compassion informed therapist
  • Identify and apply the three components of Neff’s (2003) Mindful Self Compassion model
  • Be familiar with the science and research of self-compassion
  • Understand the distinction between tender and fierce self-compassion
  • Apply basic mindfulness and tender and fierce self-compassion practices in their own daily life, including STOP, soothing touch, self-compassion break, 4Ns, self-compassionate behavior, becoming your own ally and motivating themselves with compassion. 
  • Recognize and respond to fears of self-compassion and backdraft, the discomfort that can arise when people develop self-compassion

Day 2 and 3 focus on integrating self-compassion into clinical work with client. 

After participating in Days 2 and 3 of this webinar training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand three levels of comprehensive integration: compassionate presence, compassionate dialogue and compassionate interventions.
  • Learn concrete skills for developing compassionate presence
  • Learn the 3Rs, an integrative model for fostering in-session, compassionate/self-compassionate dialogue with clients
  • Apply a resource-building approach to helping clients understand and develop their own capacity for self-compassion
  • Identify specific “entry points” to introduce self-compassion perspectives and interventions with clients
  • Recognize and respond to client fears of self-compassion and backdraft, the discomfort that can arise when people develop self-compassion
  • Assist clients to recognize and gradually reduce automatic self criticism and harsh self judgments
  • Learn practical “4 Ns” model to help adult clients apply self-compassion in daily life
  • Help clients to motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticism

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 Funding. (Pending outcome on PCG pre-approval funding in May 2024)

Course Fee Payable
Original Fee Before GST With GST (9%)
Course Fee $900.00 $981.00

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