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Waiver

Eight week Mindful Self Compassion

I understand that the teachers are teaching this course as volunteers, and that this course is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. I understand that there are times in life when a course like this can be challenging. This includes very early recovery, recent significant emotional difficulties like a death in the family, unprocessed trauma, unstable psychiatric disease such as depression, anxiety or psychosis, and uncontrolled pain. If there are any concerns, I will consult my healthcare provider prior to taking this class. I understand that this course does not take the place of personal therapy. I understand that the teachers are not expected nor able to provide medical and/or psychological care, and I have resources available if I do need such care. I further understand that participation in MSC is at the discretion of the teachers at all times. If, in the opinion of the teachers, I am unable to continue to participate productively in the course, I may be asked to leave.

 

As a participant, I represent and warrant that I have no physical or mental health condition that would prevent safe participation in the course. I understand that personal safety and emotional wellbeing are the foundation of this training and that it is my responsibility to decline to participate in a particular activity that could injure me physically or psychologically. I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known and unknown, which might incur as a result of participating in the program. In further consideration of being permitted to participate in this course, I knowingly, voluntarily, and expressly waive any claim against the teachers and/or associated institution for injuries or damages that may be sustained as a result of participating in classes. 

 

I understand that MSC is a compassion skills training program, not group therapy. MSC is designed to teach participants the tools needed to develop and cultivate a mindfulness and self-compassion practice. I understand that MSC does not take the place of personal therapy. I understand that personal safety and emotional wellbeing are the foundation of self-compassion training and that I am primarily responsible for my own safety. I will not push myself to do anything that feels distressing or harmful. If I feel overwhelmed, I will stop what I am doing or slow down until I feel comfortable again.  If I need to discuss a personal matter, I can consult with a teacher but I understand that the opinions of others are not a substitute for caring for myself in the best way I know.

 

I agree to abide by the idea of confidentiality within the group, and I also agree to do my best to do the home practice suggestions, but I won’t beat myself up if I can’t. I understand that participation in the class indicates acceptance of this waiver, and I represent that I am of legal age and I have the legal capacity to accept the terms set forth here. 

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