Kristin Neff has been studying the positive impacts of self compassion for over a decade. Her research was the first of its kind—revealing that self compassion leads to healthy habits, lowers anxiety and depression, and supports more satisfying relationships. In addition to her academic work on the subject, she is also the author of the book Self-Compassion. Kristin offers workshops on self compassion worldwide, helping people learn to be more self compassionate in daily life.
Kristin Neff is joined in conversation by practicing clinical psychologist and CIIS Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Klein. This is a special opportunity to learn more about Kristin’s life, work, and explorations of the power found in generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans.
Kristin Neff, PhD, received her doctorate in Human Development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. She is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion, released by William Morrow in 2011. Kristin's work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Reader's Digest, and Psychology Today. She offers workshops on self compassion worldwide, and has developed an eight-week program to help people learn to be more self-compassionate in daily life. Information on self compassion—including videos, guided meditations, exercises, research articles, and a way to test your own self compassion level—is available on her website. Kristin is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family's journey to Mongolia where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.
Michael Klein, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at CIIS, where he has been teaching for over 20 years. In addition to being a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Michael is also a certified teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through CCARE (The Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education) at Stanford University.
Michael’s clinical work integrates several current, experiential models of psychotherapy that bring together mindfulness, compassion, attachment theory, and advances in affective neuroscience. He also specializes in working with high conflict couples, and has 5 ongoing training groups for couple therapists.
He has had an ongoing meditation practice for the past 34 years, and for the past 10 years has taken a month each year out of his active life to be in silent retreat. He has personally experienced the impact of mindfulness and compassion practices in his own life, and this forms the foundation of his teaching.