Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No/ GST Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Mindful Self‐Compassion Core Skills Training


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.


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


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


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


Dr Benjamin Weinstein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is currently a lecturer at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Previously, he taught at Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and Graduate School of Psychology(MS & Doctoral Programs), Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr Weinstein specialises in Adult Psychotherapy, ACT and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Depression & Anxiety Disorders, to name a few. From 2004 till present Dr Weinstein also practices as facilitator, trainer and organizational consultant of Pro-Change Consulting Co., Ltd (Thailand) and Consulting Clinical Psychologist Psychological Services International, Bangkok, Thailand.

He first graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Clinical Psychology. In 2001, he completed his doctoral training with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under APA Accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Since 1989 Dr Weinstein had won various academic honours and awards, such as AGPA 2002 Conference Scholarship awarded by American Group Psychotherapy Association; 1999-2000 UWM Dissertation Fellowship, by University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Graduate School; Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship (Arabic) by United States Department of Education. Dr Weinstein is versatile in research since 1995 , in conjunction with Veteran Affair Health Science Research and Development, Bedford, MA, and Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, MA and others.

He is a prolific writer as well from 1997, contributing either singly or partnering, for books, professional presentation and journals. His wide clinical experiences include working as a consulting clinical psychologist across Asia-Pacific region since 2001, based at Psychological Services International (PSI) in Bangkok, providing psychotherapy for adults and couples; and clinical supervision for mental health professionals.


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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)


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