Dates: 2023 February 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8
Time: 2.30pm-5.30pm (8 weeks) & 1.15pm-5.30pm (2023 Mar 18, half-day practice)
Venue: No.7-3, Medan Klang Lama 28, Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur. (InPsych Psychological Services & Training)
Teacher: Low Mi Yen, Clinical Psychologist, Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion
Limited to 12 seats only!
Organiser: InPsych Psychological Services & Training
MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
The combined skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.
In MSC you’ll learn to:
Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
Understand the science of self-compassion
Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values
Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Work with challenging relationships
Manage caregiver fatigue
Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, home practices and a half-day practice. MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is a workshop and not a group psychotherapy as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program. This program consists of 8 weeks of 3 hours per class/week and 1 week of half-day silence practice, which will fulfil one of the pre-requisites for application to attend the MSC Teacher’s Training for those interested to pursue further training to be a MSC teacher. For more information on the MSC Teacher’s Training, please visit https://centerformsc.org/teach-msc/
Low Mi Yen, a clinical psychologist and one of Malaysia’s foremost proponents of the application of psychology, mindfulness and self-compassion, for individual, couple, family, workplace and community, for more than 27 years. Pioneered Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in Malaysia since 1999, written 2 articles on EAP Development in Malaysia for an international publication, providing EAP, corporate training, coaching, crisis intervention, psychotherapy, psychological assessment, ad hoc lecturing and supervision, mindfulness and self-compassion interventions in managing stress, burnout and enhancing resilience and wellness.
She has professional memberships in Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology, Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable and Malaysia Association for Mindfulness Practice and Research. Also a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion with Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, USA and an apprentice teacher of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy with Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, UK. Currently, the Vice President of Malaysia Association for Mindfulness Practice and Research (MMPR). Her work has been featured by various local newspapers, magazines, radio and TV over the years.
1. This 8+1 weeks MSC caters to a maximum of 12 participants only. Registration will be closed 2 weeks before the commencement of the program.
2. No cancellations will be accepted before the program. If you are unable to attend, a substitute participant is welcome at no extra charge by informing us in writing 1 week before the program, but the MSC teacher needs to assess the suitability of the substitute participant. The substitute participant is required to fill-in the registration form (with important medical and mental health information).
3. In the unlikely event of program cancellation by the organizer, we will refund 100 percent of registration fees paid. The organizer assumes no liability for any incidental costs that a participant might incur as a consequence of a program cancellation.
Certificate of Attendance will ONLY be awarded for 100% attendance.
Even though 100% attendance is not a compulsory for learning MSC for personal growth and development, you cannot miss the 1st and 2nd week/session as they are foundations for subsequent sessions. Please attend the next batch if based on the current scheduled dates, you will not be available for 1st and 2nd week/session.
On the event of emergency or unexpected absence, please refer to the replacement criteria.
In the event of the MSC teacher is suddenly infected by Covid-19 or under quarantine due to close contact of someone infected by Covid-19 or fallen ill, the organizer will inform the participants of the postponement of that specific session to the following week or in a situation that requires more than 1 week break, the organizer will coordinate with the participants to set replacement dates and timings that will be most suitable/workable for all.
Yes. MSC was designed for people to explore their own relationship with themselves, and to learn how to treat themselves with more kindness especially when they are suffering. Naturally, mental health professionals saw the potential benefits for their clients, and most programs have a number of mental health professionals attending. However the program is first and foremost for personal development.
Yes you can attend this 8+1 weeks program but please discuss your situation by contacting the MSC teacher directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no prerequisite for MSC program to know how to meditate or to observe silence. Other than the half-day practice after the 5th week, where it is encouraged to have silence-practice with several of the MSC exercises, before discussing/revising with the MSC teacher, there is not a lot of silence in the other weeks of MSC program.
We strongly suggest that you practise these exercises yourself first for a period of a year and contact your teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your own practice and using the materials/workbook. After a year of self practice, you can consider using selected exercises with your individual clients/patients and use your wise discretion in doing this. We also ask that you attribute your work to the MSC program developers, Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer.
However, you are NOT allowed to teach/train a group of people using any of the MSC exercises/materials, as that required a professional to undergo and complete the MSC Teacher’s Teaching pathway
Yes, attending this 8+1 weeks MSC program fully (100% attendance) is one of the pre-requisite that satisfies the application for MSC Teacher’s Training program. The shorter program like a 1-day or 2 half-day Introduction to MSC program or if you did not attend 8+1 weeks MSC program fully, it does not satisfy the criteria. You can replace the session(s) that you missed in the next batch of MSC program (subject to seat availability. View replace criteria), in order to fulfill your attendance to 100% but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of venue and food.
For more information, please visit the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s website at https://centerformsc.org/teach-msc/
There are MSC teachers all over the world teaching MSC. You can check out the MSC Teacher and Program Directory on the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s website at https://centerformsc.org/course-teachers-list/
|February 11||2.30pm -5.30pm||Week 1|
|February 18||2.30pm -5.30pm||Week 2|
|February 25||2.30pm -5.30pm||Week 3|
|March 4||2.30pm -5.30pm||Week 4|
|March 11||2.30pm -5.30pm||Week 5|
|March 18||1.15pm -5.30pm||Half-day Practice|
|March 25||2.30pm -5.30pm||Week 6|
|April 1||2.30pm -5.30pm||Week 7|
|April 8||2.30pm -5.30pm||Week 8|
Eligible for 1 point in Kategori 4 – Ilmu dan Kemahiran for every half-day training, upon LKM’s review after your submission of CPD in the system. (Each class to be submitted as individual entry) – update on 9/11/2022