Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Integrating Self‐Compassion into Therapy and Counseling


Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotion-al wellbeing, coping well with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relation-ships. This workshop is an introduction to integrating self-compassion flexibly into counselling and psychotherapy. This data-driven, experiential webinar is grounded in Kristin Neff’s (2003) model of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and the clinical perspectives of Chris Germer. The overall objective of this webinar is to introduce the research and clinical techniques that can guide the integration of self-compassion into mental health treatment with adults so that participants can begin to flexibly integrate self-compassion perspectives and interventions into their clinical work. The skills and perspectives taught in this webinar are transtheoretical and can be smoothly integrated with a variety of therapeutic approaches with adults. As a “transtheoretical” and “transdiagnostic” treatment process, self-compassion perspectives and interventions can be applied across a broad range of client populations, diagnoses and used by therapists from diverse theoretical backgrounds. SC is particularly useful for human service and social service professionals who deal with high workload and resource limitations which are inherently stressful. 

Workshop activities include talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises, group discussion and individual reflection. Participants will directly experience self-compassion, learn skills to evoke self-compassion in daily life and how to share these with clients. Although some familiarity with mindfulness is helpful, no previous experience with mindfulness, self-compassion or meditation is required to attend the pro-gram.


After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify Define self-compassion as a transtheoretical and transdiagnostic treatment process 
  • Identify and apply the three components of Neff’s (2003) Mindful Self Compassion model 
  • Understand the science and research of self-compassion
  • Learn a 5-step model for becoming a self-compassion informed therapist
  • Learn the 3Rs, an integrative model for in-session, compassionate/self-compassionate dialogue with clients
  • Apply a resource-building approach to helping clients understand and develop their own capacity for self-compassion 
  • Identify specific “entry points” to introduce self-compassion perspectives and interventions with clients
  • Recognize and respond to backdraft, the discomfort that can arise when people develop self-compassion
  • Assist clients to recognize and gradually reduce automatic self criticism and harsh self judgments
  • Learn practical “4 Ns” model to help adult clients apply self-compassion in daily life
  • Help clients to motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticisms 


Overview of Theory and Research 

  • Self-Compassion Concepts and Perspectives
  • Introduction to the MSC Curriculum and Skills 
  • Doubts and Misgivings About Self-Compassion 
  • The Yin and Yang of tender and fierce self-compassion 
  • Listening to yourself and your clients with Self-Compassions “Ears” and “Eyes” 
  • Hearing beyond the story 
  • Entry Points 
  • 3 Principles of Self-Compassionate Dialogue 
  • Creating dialogues that model and foster the development of self-compassion 
  • Practicing the 3Rs: resonance, radical acceptance, and resource building 
  • Building the Resource of Self-Compassion 
  • Using the Self-Compassion Break in session
  • Recognizing and Responding to Backdraft 
  • The Self-Compassion Question 
  • Exploring Needs 
  • Self-Compassion in Daily Life Using 4 “Ns”: Notice, Name, Need, Next Step 
  • Working with the Inner Critic 
  • Recognizing and Neutralizing Self Criticism 
  • Motivating with Kindness 


This workshop is for social-service and human-services professionals provide clinical services such as counseling, therapy, and psychotherapy. No background with mindfulness or meditation is necessary to attend and benefit from the workshop.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fees  (Nett)


Early bird rate (Nett) * Registration & Payment received by 31st Aug 2022



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 45% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00002637). End date of approval: 17 Jan 2023. Up to $270



Dr Benjamin Weinstein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, has been based in Southeast Asia since 2003 working as a lecturer, clinician and facilitator.  He has extensive experience training mental health professionals across the region and is adept at applying western psychological models for Asian cultural contexts (his current former clients include the Thailand Department of Mental Health, numerous psychiatric hospitals across Thailand, as well as NGOs across Southeast Asia).   Dr. Weinstein currently an adjunct lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Chiang Mai University (Thailand).  Previously, he taught at the Lynch School of Education (Boston College, Massachusetts) and the Graduate School of Psychology (MS & Doctoral Programs, Assumption University, Bangkok).   Dr Weinstein specialises in psychotherapy for adults using ACT and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, depression & anxiety disorders.   His wide clinical experiences include working as a consulting clinical psychologist across Asia-Pacific region since 2003, based at Psychological Services International (PSI) in Bangkok, providing psychotherapy for adults and clinical supervision for mental health professionals.

He first graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Clinical Psychology. In 2001, he completed his doctoral training with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under APA Accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Since 1989 Dr Weinstein had won various academic honours and awards, such as AGPA 2002 Conference Scholarship awarded by American Group Psychotherapy Association; 1999-2000 UWM Dissertation Fellowship, by University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Graduate School; Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship from United States Department of Education. Dr Weinstein is versatile in research since 1995 , in conjunction with Veteran Affair Health Science Research and Development, Bedford, MA, and Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, MA and others. He is a prolific writer as well from 1997, contributing either singly or partnering, for books, numerous professional presentation and journals.

Dr. Weinstein has been practicing Acceptance and Committment Therapy since 2004, when he first attended a training with Kelly Wilson, Phd.  He subsequently attended numerous training with Dr Wilson, Stephen Hayes and Kirk Strosahl (the orginators of ACT) and started an ACT peer-study group for clinicians in Bangkok.   In 2014, Dr. Weinstein started to provide training in ACT for other clinician and mental health professionals.  At the current time, he's very excited about the possibiliesites of integrating ACT with compassionate mind training.  Dr. Weinstein is current the first and only Trained Teacher of Mindful Self Compassion in Thailand.


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Course Schedule

Dates 12 & 13 Oct 2022
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Dr Benjamin Weinstein
Venue(s) Online via Zoom