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Self-Compassion for Parents - with Susan Pollak, MTS, EdD

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Self-Compassion for Parents

with Susan Pollak, MTS, EdD

Parenting is hard. We never feel that we are getting it right or doing enough. That's why self-compassion is so important. Join mindfulness expert and CHA psychologist Susan M. Pollak to learn how parents can let go of constant self- judgment and treat themselves with the same kindness and caring they strive to offer their kids. This talk will teach the theory and research on compassion and offer simple yet powerful guided meditation techniques that are easy to practice while doing the dishes, driving to work, soothing a fussy baby, or arguing with a teen. Parents will learn to respond to their own imperfections like a supportive friend—not a harsh critic. In the process, they not only will find themselves happier and more energized, but also will discover new reserves of patience and appreciation for their kids.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

1. Learn the theory and research behind self-compassion.

2. Learn how to respond to their imperfections like a supportive and kind friend.

3. Learn how to practice self-compassion during a difficult interaction with a child.

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, Ed.D., is a clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, where she has taught and supervised since the mid-1990s. She is President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) and a psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A longtime student of meditation and yoga, Dr. Pollak teaches about mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy and has been integrating the practice of meditation into psychotherapy since the 1980s. Her book, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, with Thomas Pedulla and Ronald D. Siegel, is the first hands-on guide to bringing meditation into psychotherapy. Pollak is a co-editor of The Cultural Transition; and a contributing author of Mapping the Moral Domain; Evocative Objects; and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition. Her new book, Self-Compassion for Parents: Nurture Your Child by Caring for Yourself is now available from Guilford Press.


Continuing Education:

Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Please see details at http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/lecture-series.

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Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits are available for a fee of $30. We don't want cost to be a barrier to anyone, so please choose "Pay what you can" for reduced-price tickets. Please click the Green 'Tickets' button to register.

Directions:

The CHA Community Room is located at 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143 on the 2nd floor of the CHA Central Street Care Center.

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Parking:
Free Visitor Parking is available in the lot directly across from the clinic which is shared with the Greek Orthodox Church. Please note: parking on the streets in the surrounding area is limited to Somerville residents with parking permits.

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This will be available via the IMP Facebook page.

Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series

This program is part of the Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series, offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. In this monthly series, gather with friends and colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection of mindfulness, compassion, and clinical practice. The presenters are notable leaders and speakers in the field who bring with them a wide variety of research and clinical experience. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.

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