NYC Mindfulness and Compassion Summit



The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy is proud to bring Dr. Kristin  Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer to New York for this, our inaugural summit and workshop on mindful self-compassion.

Dr. Neff is the author of the self-help book Self-Compassion, creator of the Self-Compassion Scale and is the leading expert in the psychological conceptualization and measurement of self-compassion today.  Her numerous academic articles, chapters and presentations have advanced our understanding of self-compassion throughout the world.  Her research has paved the way for the clinical application of mindful self-compassion.

Dr. Germer is the author of the self-help book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion. Dr. Germer has also authored seminal texts that explore the relationship between Buddhist and Western psychology. He is a globally renowned expert and pioneer in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, through his work with The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Tirch is the author of the self-help book The Compassionate Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, and a number of books on mindfulness and CBT.  Dr. Tirch is a leader in the integration of Compassion Focused Therapy and contextual CBT, through his work with The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy, Weill-Cornell Medical College, and The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy.

The workshop will involve lectures, role-plays, experiential exercises and discussions.  It will take place between 10 AM and 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday, the 13th and 14th of April, 2013.  There will be breaks for lunch, coffee and tea.  An optional evening discussion and gathering led by Dr. Neff, with a Q& A facilitated by Dr. Tirch, will take place before the workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 on Friday evening, the 12th of April.  This will be a rare opportunity to discuss possible directions for compassionate action and treatment development in an intimate, casual setting.

In order to register, please send an email with your contact information and aims for the workshop to  You can pay the tuition through the Paypal button below, or by mailing a check to:

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy, 556 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, NY  10968

The workshop tuition is 325.00 for professionals, and 285.00 for students a valid ID. The fee for the Friday evening talk and gathering is 45.00 per person.


Enrollment Options


This workshop is open to clinicians, students, educators and researchers in who are seeking to further their understanding of mindfulness, compassion, and 3rd Generation Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  If you are not working in a related field and are interested in taking part in this training, please email Dr. Tirch to discuss whether this weekend would be right for you.  Whatever your background, if you wish to send us an email that explains your aims for the workshop, it would be greatly appreciated.  This will help us to ground our intention in your valued aims, and construct an experience that is true to our shared vision, together.  You can send such emails to

In 2012, Compassion Focused Therapy founder Dr. Paul Gilbert joined The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy to deliver a weekend workshop in Manhattan.  Following the strong reception of this training, it became clear that a yearly event was needed, to bring the most recent advances in the applied science of compassion to our community.  The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy is pleased to begin our annual series with this workshop with Dr. Neff and Dr. Germer.  We hope you are able to join us for an important weekend, marking the growth and possibility of the mindfulness and compassion focused psychology community in New York City!

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”  Pema Chodron, The Places That Scare You

Dr. Neff discusses self-compassion in this recent TEDx talk:



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