Somatic Self-Compassion® Online (SSCON) Graduate Journeys is an ongoing community of folks who have completed Somatic Self-Compassion (SSC) training. We explore each of the 14 topics from SSC over 12 months, taking our time to immerse ourselves in regular study, practice and reflection. This is an opportunity to deepen your practice and to explore the SSC material in a structured, easeful pace, supported by a group of fellow SSC Graduates. Graduate Journeys supports your regular practice of self-compassion.
Results of a study done in collaboration with Hendrix College found that SSCON increased participants’ coping self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-compassion, and decreased participants’ levels of shame, perceived stress, and body shame. Our aim in the Graduate Journeys is to further enhance these benefits.
Kristy Arbon, the developer and facilitator of the SSC program is guiding these journeys. Kristy has been teaching self-compassion skills to individuals and groups for 6 years, and she developed SSC in response to a need for a body-based self-compassion curriculum that uses methods to motivate self-compassion practice in daily life and offers an ongoing community to support practice.The Graduate Journeys was birthed in response to an identified need for SSC graduates to explore the material in more depth, with more time, in community.
SSCON is a body-focussed skills training program offered in a group setting designed to give you the knowledge and tools to listen to your body and respond with compassion to live more intentionally and easefully in the world. In this non-clinical program (ie not group therapy) training will be offered in three stages (called journeys), sequenced in a way so that each component builds on the last. You are welcome to join the group at any time of the year.
January-April: Motivating Somatic Self-Compassion
This 4-month journey is designed to gather the group and set the foundation for a self-compassion practice through learning what somatic self-compassion is and how self-compassion practice fits in with your sense of purpose, your goals, your strengths and the ways you can naturally motivate yourself. We will spend time reflecting on our personal preferences and style so that we have a good sense of what we need when we start to work with ways to bring more intentional compassion practices to our daily life.
May-October: Developing Somatic Self-Compassion
This 6-month journey is designed to introduce you to the body and the neurochemicals that affect how we feel; inform you on ways to develop an understanding of messages from your body; normalize the mechanisms of stress; assist you to practice self-care through self-compassion; and introduce you to sensory modulation (tending to our stress through our senses).
November-December: Practicing Through Connecting
This 2-month journey is designed to support your ongoing self-compassion practice through identifying and fostering sources of personal pleasure and wellbeing; connecting practice to your sense of spirituality; strengthening community bonds for continuing practice connections; and creating rituals for practice beyond our time together in SSCON.
We meet for one hour per week, at a time that works for the maximum number of people in the group (identified by taking a group poll each month). There are two groups meeting at different times, so you can choose the group time that works best for you.
We will meet on in a video conference platform called Zoom, and connect 24/7 via a companion website in PowerSchool Learning that offers readings, research, videos, downloadable meditation recordings, a group discussion board and more!
Training is facilitated through:
Given that this is a graduate group, we ask that you do the Somatic Self-Compassion course online, in person, or self-paced before registering for the Graduate Journeys.
Each week will include:
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Please see the Somatic Self-Compassion Practices on this page for a taste of Somatic Self-Compassion practices.
This training implements the trauma-informed approach outlined by the US National Center for Trauma-Informed Care in that it is designed with these guiding principles in mind. It aims to help us:
As such, realizing that feeling lost in the crowd can be triggering for those of us with trauma in our story, online gatherings will be limited to 15 people so that everyone in the group has the opportunity to feel seen and heard.
SSCON Graduate Journeys is a subscription program. You can choose your rate of subscription between US$10 and $30 per month. I don’t want finances to get in the way of you being part of this group so please let me know if you need to discuss a different rate that works for you.
Want to know more?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.Click here to register for this program