- September 21, 2018
- 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center
1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
When we feel compassion for ourselves and others, we realize that suffering, failure, and imperfection are part of the shared human experience. Leading with self-compassion is the first step toward creating a kinder world. Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you show yourself kindness and understanding when confronted with personal failings—after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?
After decades of research, Kristin Neff is an expert on the positive impacts the practice of self-compassion can have on ourselves and our society. Join Kristin to learn more about her research, her life, and how self-compassion can make our world a better place.
Kristin Neff, PhD, received her doctorate in Human Development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. She is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion, released by William Morrow in 2011. Kristin's work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Reader's Digest, and Psychology Today. She offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide, and has developed an eight-week program to help people learn to be more self-compassionate in daily life. Information on self-compassion-including videos, guided meditations, exercises, research articles, and a way to test your own self compassion level-is available on her website. Kristin is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family's journey to Mongolia where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.
Elizabeth Markle, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, professor, and Chair of Community Mental Health at CIIS. Dedicated to multitheoretical and multi-level approaches to individual and community health and healing, her research has focused on social support, social capital, and social sustainability.
Elizabeth's current area of study and innovation is around combining clinical expertise with social entrepreneurship to create sustainable, thriving cultures of health and wellness. She is the founder of Open Source Wellness, an innovative new model for chronic disease and behavioral health management that leverages the power of community and connection to drive health and wellbeing outcomes. Operating as a "Behavioral Pharmacy," OSW functions as a democratized, experiential delivery system for health behavior change. OSW addresses obesity, depression, diabetes, cardiac disease, social isolation, and other behaviorally-mediated conditions via physical activity, nutrition, stress reduction, social connection, and coaching.