Self-Compassion for Shame – Jorge Armesto, Maria Paula Jimenez Palacio – Mondays 10:00am-12:00pm (ET) – July 8 to August 26, 2024

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8 weeks with focus groups
Location: Live Online via Zoom
Mondays from 10:00am-12:00pm (EASTERN TIME)
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Classes: July 8 to August 26, 2024
Focus Groups: Wednesdays and Thursdays

“Shame is the fear of disconnection.” – Brené Brown

Dates, Times, and Pricing Details

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Location: Live Online via Zoom
Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, and 26
Times: 10:00am-12:00pm (EASTERN TIME) convert to my timezone
Focus Groups: Additionally, we will meet in small groups for 1 hour for focus practice each week on Wednesdays at 10:00am ET or on Thursdays at 4:00pm ET. You will only attend one focus group each week. Please schedule to attend both days, until you are advised which you will attend.

Program pricing is set to allow for generosity while meeting individuals needs. Program prices include Pay-It-Forward, Standard, and Scholarship rates. We encourage you to pay as much as  you can afford and we appreciate your care and thoughtfulness when deciding. See our refund policy.

More About Pricing

Pay-It-Forward: This is an opportunity to support those less fortunate, making programs accessible to those that cannot pay the standard rate. Paying at this level is an act of generosity.

Standard Rate: The standard rate covers the costs of these programs, making it possible for MHI to continue to offer them.

Scholarship Rate: This rate is available for those who cannot afford to pay the standard rate. We ask you to use this rate only if paying the higher rate creates a hardship for yourself and/or your family.

24.0 hours of CE credit are available for attendees who are present for the entire program.

The Next Step in Your Mindful Self-Compassion Journey

“Shame is powerful, contagious, and self-propagating.” – Jennifer L. Biddle

“People can feel shame or guilt for failures or transgressions. The difference between shame and guilt is with guilt, they feel badly about a specific behavior and with shame, they feel badly about themselves.” – June Tangney

Self-Compassion for shame is designed to help you navigate the complex emotion of shame with kindness and understanding. This course, developed by Dr. Chris Germer, offers a safe and supportive environment for participants to explore their relationship with shame and develop practical strategies for cultivating self-compassion.

Shame is a powerful and often overwhelming emotion that can have a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being. Shame can stem from a variety of sources, including societal expectations, past experiences, and internalized beliefs. Left unaddressed, shame can lead to feelings of worthlessness, isolation, and self-criticism.

What is self-compassion with instructor Maria Paula

How long is the Course and Weekly Overview?

As shown below, this course is 8 weeks long with two sessions each week:  the first session is 2 hours and the second session is in small groups that meet for 1 hour.

Weekly Schedule

DateClassCE Credit Hours
Week 1Introduction to Self-Compassion for Shame2.0
Practice GroupWeekly Small Group Practice Group1.0
Week 2The Wish to Be Loved2.0
Practice GroupWeekly Small Group Practice Group1.0
Week 3Origins of Shame2.0
Practice GroupWeekly Small Group Practice Group1.0
Week 4The Compassionate Self2.0
Practice GroupWeekly Small Group Practice Group1.0
Week 5Self-Forgiveness2.0
Practice GroupWeekly Small Group Practice Group1.0
Week 6Compassion for Our Bodies2.0
Practice GroupWeekly Small Group Practice Group1.0
Week 7Compassion for Our Parts2.0
Practice GroupWeekly Small Group Practice Group1.0
Week 8Returning Home to Yourself2.0
Practice GroupWeekly Small Group Practice Group1.0
Who is this for?

Completion of a Mindful Self-Compassion program.

If you have already taken Mindful Self-Compassion and are ready to embark in a deeper exploration of shame and cultivate greater self-acceptance and resilience, we invite you to join us in this transformative learning experience.

This course is also open to professionals, such as psychotherapists, mindfulness teachers and educators, who wish to bring fresh insights and skills for working with shame into their work activities.

More About the Program

In this course, we will

  1. Explore the origins and impact of shame in our lives, relationships, and in our overall sense of wellbeing.
  2. We will also continue deepening self-compassion in the face of shame.
  3. Through class exercises, practices, and discussions, we will develop skills to cope with shame triggers, navigate the challenges of being in the grip of shame more skillfully, and develop resiliency.
  4. We will also learn how to foster a sense of connection with ourselves and others through shared experiences within a supportive community.

Why Should You Consider Taking This Course?

  1. Personal Growth: By engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of yourself and your emotional experiences. You will gain valuable insights into the patterns of shame and develop healthier ways of relating to yourself.
  2. Emotional Well-being: Learning to approach shame with self-compassion can significantly improve emotional well-being. You will learn practical tools to manage difficult emotions, reduce self-criticism, and cultivate a greater sense of self-acceptance and resilience.
  3. Supportive Community: This course provides a supportive and non-judgmental space for participants to connect with oner another, explore common humanity, and practice with others who share similar struggles. The sense of community and solidarity can be invaluable in the journey toward healing and growth.
  4. Practical Skills: The techniques and strategies taught in this course are practical and applicable to everyday life. You will leave with a toolkit of self-compassion practices that you can integrate into your daily routines to support your emotional well-being.

The program includes:

  • 8 weekly classes, 2 hours each
  • Daily home practice assignments (~10-20 minutes each day)

In this class we will meet for 2 hours once a week for eight weeks. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to meet in small practice groups once a week for an hour to focus on deepening our skills learned each week within a more intimate space. These practice groups will be facilitated by one of the teachers. 

The Self-Compassion for Shame Course offers you an opportunity for personal growth, emotional healing, and the development of practical skills for navigating shame with self-compassion.

Watch Video: Mindful Self-Compassion Q&A with instructor Jorge Armesto

Compassion for shame is a nuanced area within the broader fields of psychology and mental health, focusing on the therapeutic potential of self-compassion and compassion from others in mitigating the negative effects of shame. Shame, as a profoundly distressing emotion, can have detrimental impacts on an individual’s mental and emotional well-being. This narrative explores the theoretical underpinnings, empirical research, and practical applications of compassion-focused interventions designed to address and alleviate shame.

Shame is a complex emotion characterized by feelings of worthlessness, inadequacy, and a sense of being fundamentally flawed. It is distinguished from guilt, which is related to specific actions, by its pervasive impact on self-identity. According to Gilbert (2010), shame arises from an internalized fear of being judged or rejected by others, and it often results in self-criticism and social withdrawal.

Compassion, both self-directed and received from others, serves as a counterbalance to the isolating effects of shame. Kristin Neff (2003) defines self-compassion as comprising self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness. Self-compassion helps individuals to view their flaws and failures with understanding and empathy rather than harsh judgment. This perspective aligns with the principles of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), developed by Paul Gilbert (2009), which integrates evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to foster a compassionate mindset.

The effectiveness of compassion-focused interventions in addressing shame can be attributed to several mechanisms. First, compassion disrupts the cycle of self-criticism and self-blame that sustains shame. By fostering a kind and non-judgmental attitude toward oneself, individuals can begin to break free from the pervasive negative self-evaluations that characterize shame. Second, compassion enhances emotional regulation by promoting a balanced awareness of one’s emotions. Mindfulness practices, integral to self-compassion, help individuals observe their feelings of shame without becoming overwhelmed by them. This mindful awareness allows for a more adaptive response to distressing emotions. Third, the sense of common humanity inherent in self-compassion helps individuals realize that suffering and imperfection are universal experiences. This realization reduces feelings of isolation and promotes a sense of connection with others, which is crucial for mitigating shame.

Compassion-focused interventions have been effectively applied in various clinical and non-clinical settings. In clinical practice, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) has been used to treat individuals with high levels of self-criticism and shame-related psychopathology, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. Gilbert (2014) emphasizes that CFT helps clients develop a compassionate inner voice to counteract self-critical thoughts.

In educational settings, self-compassion training programs have been implemented to address academic shame and performance anxiety among students. Neff and Germer (2013) found that students who received self-compassion training reported lower levels of academic stress and shame, along with increased resilience and emotional well-being. Furthermore, compassion training programs are increasingly being used in organizational contexts to promote mental health and well-being among employees. These programs aim to reduce workplace shame and foster a supportive and compassionate work environment.

This course, Compassion for Shame, represents a significant advancement in the field of psychology for alleviating the debilitating effects of shame. By integrating self-compassion and compassion from others, individuals can develop a healthier relationship with themselves and foster resilience in the face of adversity.

About the Instructors
Jorge Armesto

Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) instructor
PhD in Clinical Psychology
Former Educational Director of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program

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Maria Paula Jimenez Palacio

Trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher
Self-Compassion for Shame teacher
Senior Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Content Lead of the Compassion Cultivation Program developed at the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

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Learning Objectives and Outcomes
  1. Understand the Theoretical Foundations of Shame
    • Analyze the psychological theories underlying the concept of shame, including its origins and distinguishing characteristics from related emotions such as guilt.
  2. Differentiate Shame from Guilt
    • Critically differentiate between shame and guilt to understand their unique psychological and behavioral implications.
  3. Explore the Evolutionary Basis of Compassion
    • Examine the evolutionary psychology behind compassion, focusing on its role in social bonding and emotional regulation.
  4. Define Self-Compassion and Its Components
    • Define self-compassion and its three core components: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness.
  5. Analyze the Impact of Shame on Mental Health
    • Assess the psychological impacts of shame on mental health, including its associations with depression, anxiety, and other psychopathologies.
  6. Implement Mindfulness Techniques
    • Demonstrate the ability to implement mindfulness techniques as a component of self-compassion to manage shame-related emotions.
  7. Develop Strategies for Cultivating Self-Compassion
    • Develop practical strategies for cultivating self-compassion in daily life to mitigate the effects of shame.
  8. Examine the Role of Self-Criticism in Shame
    • Investigate the relationship between self-criticism and shame, and how self-compassion can counteract self-critical tendencies.
  9. Explore Cultural Variations in Shame and Self-Compassion
    • Explore how cultural differences influence experiences of shame and the acceptance and practice of self-compassion.
  10. Analyze the Mechanisms of Compassion-Focused Interventions
    • Analyze the psychological mechanisms through which compassion-focused interventions alleviate shame.
  11. Identify Barriers to Self-Compassion
    • Identify common barriers to practicing self-compassion and strategies to overcome these obstacles.
  12. Apply Self-Compassion in Clinical Settings
    • Apply self-compassion techniques in clinical settings to support clients struggling with shame and related issues.
  13. Investigate the Neuroscience of Shame and Compassion
    • Investigate the neurological underpinnings of shame and how compassion practices affect brain function.
  14. Promote Professional Self-Compassion
    • Apply self-compassion principles to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue among healthcare professionals.
  15. Foster a Compassionate Environment
    • Develop programs and initiatives to foster a compassionate environment in various organizational settings to mitigate shame.
  16. Explore Long-Term Effects of Compassion Practices
    • Examine the long-term effects of regular compassion practices on reducing shame and enhancing overall well-being.
What is the Science and Research on Self-Compassion for Shame

Research consistently shows that self-compassion can mitigate the negative effects of shame. A study by Ferreira et al. (2013) found that higher levels of self-compassion were associated with lower levels of shame and psychopathology. Similarly, Kelly, Carter, and Borairi (2014) demonstrated that self-compassion interventions effectively reduced body image shame and eating disorder symptoms. Moreover, a meta-analysis by Kirby, Tellegen, and Steindl (2017) concluded that compassion-based interventions significantly reduce shame, self-criticism, and mental health symptoms such as anxiety and depression. These interventions often include mindfulness practices, compassionate imagery, and exercises aimed at fostering self-kindness and acceptance.

  • Ferreira, C., Pinto-Gouveia, J., & Duarte, C. (2013). Self-compassion in the face of shame and body image dissatisfaction: Implications for eating disorders. Eating Behaviors, 14(2), 207-210.
  • Germer, C. K., & Neff, K. D. (2013). The mindful self-compassion program. In Mindfulness and self-compassion. Guilford Press.
  • Gilbert, P. (2009). The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges. New Harbinger Publications.
  • Gilbert, P. (2010). Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features. Routledge.
  • Kelly, A. C., Carter, J. C., & Borairi, S. (2014). Are improvements in shame and self-compassion early in eating disorders treatment associated with better patient outcomes? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47(1), 54-64.
  • Kim, S., Thibodeau, R., & Jorgensen, R. S. (2011). Shame, guilt, and depressive symptoms: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 137(1), 68-96.
  • Kirby, J. N., Tellegen, C. L., & Steindl, S. R. (2017). A meta-analysis of compassion-based interventions: Current state of knowledge and future directions. Behavior Therapy, 48(6), 778-792.
  • Longe, O., Maratos, F. A., Gilbert, P., Evans, G., Volker, F., Rockliff, H., & Rippon, G. (2010). Having a word with yourself: Neural correlates of self-criticism and self-reassurance. NeuroImage, 49(2), 1849-1856.
  • Neff, K. D., & Germer, C. K. (2013). A pilot study and randomized controlled trial of the mindful self-compassion program. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(1), 28-44.
  • Pauley, G., & McPherson, S. (2010). The experience and meaning of compassion and self-compassion for individuals with depression or anxiety. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 83(2), 129-143.
  • Raab, K. (2014). Mindfulness, self-compassion, and empathy among health care professionals: A review of the literature. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 20(3), 95-108.

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