Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Deepening Skills Workshop with Kristy Arbon

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2320 N Kenmore Ave, chicago , IL, 60614, United States

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DePaul University , 2320 N Kenmore Ave, chicago , IL, 60614, United States.

The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago is offering two days of mindfulness and self-compassion training, led by Kristy Arbon, on Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th from 9a-4p. This workshop will teach clinicians how to explore, understand, and work with shame and other difficult emotions. We’ll be exploring material from the Somatic Self-Compassion program and the Mindful Self-Compassion program. This workshop is specifically oriented toward professional caregivers who work with clients struggling with shame, self-worth and other difficult emotions.

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to ourselves in the same situations.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to ourselves. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect.


12 CEs are avaiable for LSWs, LCSWs, LPCs, LCPCs, Licensed Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

Attendees must attend both days to qualify for continuing education credits.



After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the physiology of self-compassion and shame
  • Handle shame and other difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Take care of your own shame while also taking care of others experiencing shame
  • Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients to help work with shame and other difficult emotions


Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.



Participants will need to have:

  • Attended a Mindful Self-Compassion training (taught by any MSC teacher);
  • or an MSC Core Skills training (taught by any certified MSC teacher);


About the Trainer
Kristy Arbon
is the Founder and CEO of HeartWorks Trainingsupportingpeoplein their practice of self-compassion, mindfulness, somatic awareness, shame resilience and tapping into emergent self-wisdom. Her work has deep roots in Mindful Self-Compassion, Internal Family Systems, Sensory Modulation, Brene Brown’s shame resilience model, Buddhist philosophy and exploration of archetypes. Kristy is a qualified social worker, a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, a qualified fitness instructor and she has completed Internal Family Systems Level 1 training. She is the developer of the Somatic Self-Compassion curriculum and she adapted the Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum for the online environment. 

She has worked extensively with the developers of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and is currently a mentor for teachers, an online teacher and a faculty member for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She also works for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as a faculty member.

She is originally from Australia, but moved to the US to be with her American beau. She is based in St. Louis, traveling to teach in the US, South America, East Asia, South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.



The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago was founded in 2005 after it became apparent that there was a significant shortage of quality Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) available in Chicago. Many people with treatable disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety and Major Depressive Disorder were suffering needlessly because they could not access quality care. It has been the mission of DASC to address this shortage by providing services to those suffering and also offering training opportunities to other professionals to increase the availability of CBT and DBT. DASC has a highly-trained clinical staff specializing in using and teaching CBT and DBT. Opportunities for ongoing consultation and training in CBT and DBT are available. www.dascchicago.com

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