As important as our relationships are, they are not always easy! Compassion for Couples (CfC) is a program designed to help us meet ourselves and our partner with greater awareness and compassion. CfC builds on the skills developed in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and moves deeper into compassion between partners. Utilizing the skills of mindfulness and compassion, this program teaches how to build a strong and healthy foundation for relationships, and provides skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us. While prior experience with MSC is helpful, it is not required.
Partners attend together and will learn to:
- Be more present with each other
- Identify shared values
- Build a base of warmth, security and connection.
- Communicate with kindness and compassion
- Comfort yourself and your partner
- Skillfully relate to your partner in times of difficulty
- Gain a greater understanding of yourself, your partner, and shared relational patterns
NOTE: Because this program builds on a foundation of self-compassion, it is helpful if both partners to familiarize themselves with Mindful Self-Compassion in advance. Here is a link to the MSC Webpage. Helpful texts include Chris Germer’s
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and Kristin Neff’s
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.
Please note that neither partner is required to read the recommended books or partake in an MSC course.
We recommend that if your schedule will not allow you to attend the first session, or prevents from attending any two sessions of the course, that you consider waiting until the next offering of the program.
6-week CfC Course Fee
Registration Fee: $400 ($350 if you pay in full 30 days in advance for the course)
UCSD Employee & Student Fee: $375 ($325 if you pay in full 30 days in advance for the course.
The 6-week format - consists of 6 weekly, 2.5 -hour sessions. This class is often most easily integrated into our lives and offers an extended opportunity to deepen and solidify our practice.
Program Schedule and Registration
Participants who withdraw prior to the 1st class will receive a full refund minus $50 for the course materials and registration fee. There will be no refund after the 1st class.