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Self-Compassion and Parenting

March 24, 2018

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Mindful Self-Compassion and Parenting Workshop: 
Tools for compassionate parenting for all ages

Date: Saturday, March 24th 2018, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Harvard University SOCH HILLES 59 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Instructors: Susan Pollak and Yaffa Martiz

Do you struggle to remain kind and compassionate with your kids, but often fall short? Do you feel exhausted and burnt-out? Sometimes, parenting can seem like an impossible task.

Join two experts for this workshop to learn skills and help you develop the resources to be more compassionate with yourself as a parent, and therefore more present, less stressed and compassionate with your children. This workshop is intended for both mental health professionals and parents of children of all ages.

This workshop is a benefit, supporting the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Lunch is included (along with kid friendly options!) Childcare will be available for an additional $20. 4 CE credits available for psychologists, nurses and social workers available for an additional $25. Registration Cost: $90.

Childcare and  Playgroup Leaders from the Center for Families in Cambridge (who have CPR/First Aid training and completed background checks) will be providing childcare. Children will be in the same building for the workshop and parents are able to choose to have lunch with their children, if desired. For those signing up for childcare, reminders about completing the reminder form (linked here) to provide some information for the childcare providers will be provided in the confirmation screen and follow-up email. Childcare payment/intention to bring your child to the workshop should be confirmed at least 1 week prior to the workshop.

The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the criteria for 4 continuing education credits.This program carries 4 contact hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00). This program has been approved for 4 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D-73470.

Learning Objectives for the course include that the end of this event, participants will be able to:

utilize and further develop resources to be more compassionate with themselves as parents and mental health professionals

support themselves and/or clients who are parents with skills and confidence to be more present and compassionate and less stressed while working with children.

engage with children using exercises and practices that build mindfulness, compassion, connection and relationship




Instructor Bios:  

Dr. Susan Pollak is a co-founder and senior teacher of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Harvard Medical School, at Cambridge Health Alliance, where she has taught for over 20 years. Dr. Pollak is the Co-editor of The Cultural Transition (with Merry White, reissued in 2010); Co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, with Thomas Pedulla and Ronald Siegel; Contributing author of Mapping the Moral Domain (edited by Carol Gilligan); Contributing author of Evocative Objects (edited by Sherry Turkle); Contributing author of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy,  2nd edition, and the upcoming Self Compassion for Parents, Nurturing your Child by Caring for Yourself (2019). She also writes The Art of Now, blog for Psychology Today and is the President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC is a co-founder of Listening Mothers and clinical director of both Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting, two research based parenting programs. She is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting. Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health. 


Need-Based Scholarship Applications Available. CHA Employees and patients, please contact us at cmc@challiance.org for more information about 50 % OFF course discounts. Tuition reimbursement available for benefits-eligible CHA employees.


CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion
For questions, contact us at cmc@challiance.org or (617) 591-6132