MTAW Symposium 2015: Mindful Self-Compassion Introduction Seminar

Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Engage the foundational concepts and practice approaches in this 4-Hour Mindful Self-Compassion Introduction Seminar, which is the first two sessions of an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.  Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff, PhD and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, PhD, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moment in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.


The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity and balanced, mindful emotional and body awareness.  Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need.  Common humanity open us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we aren’t alone.  Mindfulness opens us up to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease.  Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted presence.

Part one sets an intention to begin moving self-compassion from a concept to a living reality in our lives, understanding the research basis of MSC, having an initial felt-sense of self-compassion, as well as practical tools for evoking self-compassion in daily life…when you need it most.  Part two explores how to warm up meditative awareness with affection and appreciation, bring mindful awareness to present-moment experience, understanding how resistance causes suffering, understand backdraft and how to be with this experience using mindfulness practices, as well as calming the mind by anchoring attention in a single object, from the breath (close in) to natural objects (external).




Learning Objectives CBMT
Participants will be able to clarify what self-compassion is and is not IV.A.5
Participants will recognize the research outcomes link between self-compassion and wellness IV.A.2
Participants will apply mindful awareness to present moment experiences and employ a technique to calm the mind by anchoring attention IV.A.1, 3, 5
Participants will recognize backdraft and will be able to explain how to deal with it using mindfulness practices IV.A.2, 3, 5


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Registration 12:30-1:00pm

1:00 – 3:00 PM – Part 1

3:15 – 5:00 PM, Part 2

Location: Aegis of Madison (Sky Lounge on 6th Floor)

2200 E. Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112



B. Bartja Wachtel, MSW, LICSW – Bartja has a passion for people finding their own version of meaningful contentment in life and at the same time, when the pain of life shows up, having ways of relating to their experience that relieves emotional and physical suffering. He completed teacher training for Mindful Self-Compassion through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego and will complete certification in early 2016.  He has a very personal and meaningful meditation practice that has been a central part of his life since 1998, including formal sitting, informal daily, and walking meditation practices. He has his license as an Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years of clinical practice experience with a broad diversity of individuals of various ethnicities and income levels; from children, maternal and infant mental health, to elders and people living with chronic and terminal conditions.Bartja has a new private therapy and meditation teaching practice called  Engaging Mindfulness | Forging Meaning, LLC.  He works at the Neuroscience Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center with people living with chronic and terminal neurological conditions: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, various forms of Dementia and other related neurological conditions and interventions. His background, training experience and clinical approach are in mindfulness based interventions, positive psychology, ecological systems, crisis intervention and motivational interviewing.   He provides individual brief therapy, caregiver support, as well as engaging communities in the research evidence base of Contemplative Neuroscience and Positive Psychology through seminars called “Engaging Mindfulness | Forging Meaning”, primarily for people living with neurological conditions and their caregivers, as well as for medical and various wellness professionals. He facilitates a mindfulness based support groups for people living with ALS and their caregivers, has co-facilitated an 8-Week mind-body workshop called Hardwiring Optimism & Mindful Engagement (HOME) for professional medical staff and runs ongoing 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Workshops for people living with MS and for the general public through his private practice.

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