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Mindful Self-Compassion Fundamental Concepts and Skills

Join us for a 2-part Live Webinar event
March 2, 2023 and March 9, 2023 from 11:00am - 2:30pm EDT each day
6 CE hours available for behavioral health clinicians

Unfortunately, being hard on yourself to achieve desirable outcomes appears to be more common than practicing self-kindness, especially in times of high stress and failure. This is often true for those who serve in the fields of helping professions, including health and mental health providers.

Developed by Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D. and Kristin Neff, Ph.D. the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for building resilience.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

This MSC Fundamental Concept and Skills course led by Vira Salzburn, MSC Trained Teacher, will discuss the key points from the MSC program and will include meditations, experiential practices, and journaling exercises that could be helpful for anyone wishing to learn self-compassion for themselves as well as bring it to their clients. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Describe mindful self-compassion and its elements
  • Explain the benefits of self-compassion
  • Integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into daily life
  • Use self-compassion to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
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Vira Salzburn, MS

Vira Salzburn, M.S.

Vira Salzburn is the Program Director for Safety and Resilience programs at Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council. She earned a Master of Science degree in Management, Organizational Behavior & Leadership from Troy University and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Humanities from Auburn University at Montgomery. Vira is currently studying human behavior at Harvard University.

Vira is a Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Master Trainer, and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor. She is a Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® Teacher, and is also trained in the Search Inside Yourself program of Google Leadership Institute, Trauma Informed Coaching, and Compassionate Leadership, the program of the Task Force for Global Health.

Vira is the developer of the community-based upstream suicide prevention approach that uses evidence-based Mindful-Self Compassion programming. She is a public speaker on suicide prevention, resilience, mindfulness, and self-compassion, and has been selected for the 2022 Savannah TEDx.

As a Ukrainian-American, Vira recognizes the importance of overcoming cultural barriers and connecting with others for making a meaningful difference on personal, organizational, and community levels. Since moving to the U.S. in 2007, Vira has had the privilege of volunteering as an interpreter and a liaison between Ukrainian orphaned children and American adoptive families, which has greatly impacted her perception of compassion and servanthood and helped her better understand the true meaning behind the idea of “changing the world one life at a time”.

You can find Vira here.

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