We are partnering with The PILLARS to offer a Self-Compassion Skills Workshop to help us love ourselves and one another through this current struggle.
As a community, we have recently experienced trauma associated with racial, social and economic injustice. As a result, many of us have been impacted by loss, depression, anxiety and uncertainty. But we have been here before, and we have used our strength and skills to overcome.
Today, CMC:FFC is partnering with The PILLARS to offer a Self-Compassion Skills Workshop to help us love ourselves and one another through this current struggle. Our organizations’ collective mission is to help us to heal ourselves and our community.
Some of us may already practice self-love, and others are in the early stages of learning. We invite you to see where you are in this practice; and to explore how you may grow and help others to learn self-love, too.
Self-compassion is the skill of bringing kindness toward ourselves and our experience. It is the process of becoming a friend to oneself when in the midst of emotional suffering (e.g., feeling shame, anger, sadness, fear or stress.). This means showing up for oneself with warmth, patience, and understanding rather than judgement and criticism. Through strengthening self-compassion skills and becoming a reliable ally/support toward ourselves, we actually boost our emotional resilience. Research has consistently demonstrated self-compassion to be linked to emotional well-being (reducing depression, anxiety and shame), healthy coping when faced with life stressors, and better physical health and immune function.
This workshop will focus on training a variety of skills and concepts drawn from the eight-week MSC program developed by Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. The workshop will involve a combination of psychoeducation and experiential exercises. Our hope is that together we can discuss ways to ensure these skills are culturally attuned and accessible to everyone who could benefit from some additional love and kindness during these difficult times.
$300 per person. Scholarships are available, please do not hesitate to reach out if it would help you attend this training. We want everyone to be able to get some compassion for themselves and those they love.
All proceeds from ticket sales go to CMC:Foundation for Change which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Carrie Wilkens, PhD, is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Motivation and Change in NYC and in the Berkshires. She co-authored an award-winning book, Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change with Drs. Foote and Kosanke. Together they also contributed to a user-friendly workbook for parents: The 20 Minute Guide: A Guide for Parents about How to Help their Child Change their Substance Use. In collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Dr. Wilkens and the CMC team is developing a national parent training program (the Parent Support Network) to provide parent coaches to families in need of support through a free hotline. Prior to these ventures, Dr. Wilkens was the Project Director on a large federally-funded Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant examining the effectiveness of motivational interventions in addressing the problems associated with binge drinking among college students. She is regularly sought out by the media to discuss issues related to substance use disorders and has been on the CBS Morning Show, Katie Couric Show, and Fox News as well as a variety of radio shows including frequent NPR segments such as the People’s Pharmacy and The Diane Rehm Show. Dr. Wilkens sits on the Advisory Council for the Peter G. Dodge Foundation, a forward-thinking non-profit organization that works with world-class partners to achieve lasting change in the field of alcohol use disorders.
A team member will be in touch with you as soon as possible.