Change Through Compassion

The Program | What is mindful self-compassion? | The Instructor | Current Classes

Research on self-compassion and mindfulness show that these practices can boost your health and wellness by contributing to overall happiness, reducing anxiety and depression, and even helping you maintain beneficial lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise.

To teach these valuable practices, Samaritan Counseling Center offers Change Through Compassion, or CTC, courses, which are based on the program from Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

What To Expect From The Program

After completing the class, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and understand the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion.
  • Motivate themselves with encouragement instead of self-criticism.
  • Use mindful self-compassion to assess and accept difficult situations and uncomfortable emotions more easily in the moment.
  • Respond to feelings of inadequacy or failure with kindness.
  • Use self-validation to transform difficult relationships.
  • Improve their daily lives by applying core mindfulness and self-compassion practices.
  • Participate in the rich and active alumni community, which continues to deepen their embodiment of these practices.

Classes are available both online and in-person. This health and wellness training can also be customized for faith communities, organizations and businesses.

Additionally, mental health professionals can receive continuing education credits, or CEs, when completing the Core Skills Intensive (11 CEs) and the Workshop (24 CEs). The CEs for this program are provided by UC San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness, which is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

According to the State Board of Pennsylvania, these CE’s are accepted for psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists. Discounts are also provided for participants in the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy Certificate Program, which is designed and hosted by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

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The History of Mindful Self-Compassion

Developed using the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff, PhD, and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, PhD, the Mindful Self-Compassion program teaches you how to respond to difficult moments in your life with kindness, care and understanding.

This approach increases emotional strength and resilience, which helps individuals recover more quickly from the inevitable difficulties encountered in life.

Self-compassion can be defined as:

  • Being open to and moved by one’s own suffering.
  • Experiencing feelings of caring and kindness toward oneself.
  • Taking an understanding, nonjudgmental attitude toward one’s inadequacies and failures.
  • Recognizing that one’s experience is part of the common human experience.

To learn more about Change Through Compassion, the center’s mindful self-compassion classes, you can visit Lesley Huff’s YouTube channel. There she offers a number of videos, including a brief overview and guidance in affectionate breathing, one of the core mindful self-compassion practices.

Meet The Instructor

All CTC courses at Samaritan are taught by Lesley Huff, a licensed psychologist, certified teacher in mindful self-compassion, and a consultation group leader for the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy Certificate Program. She received her training through the Center for Mindful Self Compassion and UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

Lesley practiced mindfulness personally for many years before beginning the Change Through Compassion series at Samaritan in 2013. As a certified mindfulness teacher, she has trained with Christopher Germer, Ph.D., and Kristin Neff, Ph.D. Additionally, Lesley co-led an intensive workshop with Kristin Neff in 2016.

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