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Mindful Self-Compassion:The ‘Yin & Yang’ of Compassion

  • 09 Nov 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • The Chicago School, 1015 15th Street, NW 4th Floor, Washington DC, 20005


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The DC Psychological Association presents: 

 "Mindful Self-Compassion: The ‘Yin & Yang’ of Compassion"

Presenter(s):  Jeff Rosenberg, Ph.D. & Jennifer Stanley, M.A.

November 9, 2018

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Chicago School of Psychology, 1015 15th St, NW, 4th floor, Washington, DC 20005

3.0 Hours of Continuing Education is Offered for Psychologists 

Continuing Education for Social Workers Pending 


Mindfulness provides a frame and a practice for tuning in and being with unfolding experience (phenomena arising and falling away). Mindful Self-Compassion provides a frame and a practice for tuning in and being with ourselves, the experiencers of experience. Compassion can be viewed as our response to suffering from a space of loving, connected presence. Sometimes, that response is predominantly one of soothing and comforting — a nurturing response that can be seen as the “yin” of compassion. And other times, that response is more one of advocating, protecting, and motivating — an assertive response that can be seen as the “yang” of compassion. In all cases, the common denominator is one of “caring for” coming from a stance of loving, connected presence.

Due to our conditioning, we can be wary and skeptical of compassion especially when it comes to ourselves. Our “inner critic” can lead us to doubt that compassion can lead to achievement or success. When viewed from this perspective, the research supporting the “yang” of compassion may seem paradoxical. How can compassion and acceptance lead to less procrastination and enhanced outcomes? Compassion is not “coddling.” Rather, it can challenge, motivate and support us to ‘be all that we can be’.

Our workshop will blend a mixture of guided meditation, exercises and a look at some of the relevant research.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Examine and appreciate the distinction between "mindfulness practice" and "mindful self-compassion" practice.
  2. Examine and appreciate the term “compassion” including what is meant by, and the relationships between, the “yin” and “yang” of compassion.
  3. Identify and understand the three components of mindful self-compassion, in terms of their positive and negative aspects.
  4. Understand the notion of “acceptance” as a call to fully-informed engagement and responsiveness rather than one of compliance and resignation.
About the Presenter(s): 

Jennifer Stanley began her meditation practice in 1986 while living in Michigan. Her graduate training was in ecological-community psychology, and she spent many years as a public health systems researcher. In 2000, she became a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. She has attended many residential retreats with IMCW, the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute with Tara Brach. She teaches weekly for IMCW (, and is a Mindful Self-Compassion trained teacher (

Jeff Rosenberg, PhD (George Washington Univ.) is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia in full-time private practice since 1999, previously working as a Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach for the American University counseling center.  Prior career was as a management consultant with an MBA and MA in Public Policy Analysis (Univ. of Chicago).  Jeff is also: a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (, teaching this program with Jennifer Stanley in the D.C. area; an Affiliate Teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington ( providing regular Dharma talks and guided meditations; and a former board and executive committee member of IMCW.  He completed the Integrated Study & Practice Program, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies along with several other courses and Vipassana retreats as well as a two-year Non-Dual [Contemplative] Training with Matthew Flickstein.  He wrote a chapter:  “Identity Flexibility and Buddhism,” in IDENTITY FLEXIBILITY DURING ADULTHOOD; Springer, 2017.  Hes a former board member and treasurer of Green Acres School, Rockville, MD, longstanding tennis player (former coach/teacher) and grandparent.

There is no corporate support/payment for this workshop. 

DCPA Event Cancellation Policy:  The DC Psychological Association is unable to provide refunds for events. However, we do allow up to one year to make up a CE session that may have been missed. 

The District of Columbia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The District of Columbia Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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