Session 6: Self-Compassion: An Improvisational Approach (Aug 1-5)

Egg Harbor, WI US
August 1, 2016 to August 5, 2016

Self-compassion is an aspect of mental health that has generated interest among clinical and social psychologists.  It consists of three components: Self-kindness in the face of failure, recognition of the universality of human suffering, and mindful noticing of painful feelings and thoughts.  Derived from Buddhist philosophy, self-compassion has stimulated over 500 scholarly and empirical articles since it was first described by Kristin Neff at the University of Texas in 2003. In contrast to the better-known construct of self-esteem, self-compassion abandons self-evaluation in favor of being moved by one’s own suffering and approaching it openly with kindness.

The facilitators of this workshop will explore behavioral improvisation as a novel and often entertaining method of enhancing self-compassion.  After a brief overview, the bulk of the week will be devoted to improvisational exercises in a safe, highly supportive atmosphere.  We’ll utilize brief mindfulness inductions, classic theater games, and techniques to promote self-compassion. No previous experience with improvisation is needed.

Monday Self-compassion; Three major components; Buddhist philosophy; Self-esteem; Correlates with mental health; Emotion regulation, recovery from failure, self-improvement motivation; Self-compassion interventions; Introduction to behavioral improvisation

Tuesday Behavioral Improvisation I

Wednesday Behavioral Improvisation II; Self Compassion I

Thursday Behavioral Improvisation III; Self Compassion II

Friday Wrap up and summary

Accreditation and Designation of Credit:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.

Purchase an additional 5 DAY session and receive a $100.00 discount. Use coupon code: +DCSI

Please note: A $10.00 non-refundable processing fee is assessed on registrations.



Target Audience

This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore Neff’s definition of self-compassion and how it derives from Buddhist philosophy
  2. Understand how self-compassion differs from self-esteem, self-pity, self-criticism and self-complacency
  3. Review research indicating facilitative effects of self-compassion on a variety of psychological processes including emotion, self-improvement, and resilience
  4. Learn how behavioral improvisation can be used to promote self-compassion


Additional information


Brenda Konczal
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/01/2016 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
08/05/2016 - 12:15pm CDT
The Landmark Resort and Conference Center
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
United States

The Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
Reservations (800) 273-7877


Frederick Heide, PhD, is Associate Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, where he has won both the Master Teacher and Teacher of the Year Awards. Dr. Heide received the Outstanding Research Contribution Award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy for his work on relaxation-induced anxiety. Dr. Heide is also co-founder of and longtime performer with Door County’s Northern Sky Theater, which was the 2012 recipient of the Wisconsin Governor’s Award for Arts, Culture, and Heritage. He studied acting and created several shows with Paul Sills, founding director of Chicago’s Second City Theater.

Lee Becker began improvising 30 years ago with ComedySportz while attending UW Madison. He helped found ComedySportz NYC, and also worked with the group in Milwaukee, running workshops in all three locations.  He is a core member of Northern Sky Theater where he is a performer, musician, and playwright.  Lee was a founding member of Door Shakespeare and has also performed and written for First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee.

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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