Compassion for Couples

Schedule and Registration

Note: CFM requires a minimum of 10 registrants per program. Classes with fewer than 10 registrants will be cancelled and provided a refund. Please be aware of this when making arrangements to attend this program.

Date Day & Time Register Teacher(S Location
June 28-30, 2024  Friday 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. PT
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PT
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PT
Register Online Michelle Becker and Megan Prager Marina Village

Course Description

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 8-week MSC course description webpage and 5-day MSC Intensive 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 and/or the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Neff & Germer.

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.

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.

The Weekend Intensive - consists of 5 session beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon. This class allows couples to take a deeper dive into the practices of compassion for couples as each session builds on the prior session, often allowing partners to open more fully to themselves and their relationship without the added stressors of day to day life. Please plan to attend the entire workshop.

Note: A Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive will be offered by the instructors immediately prior to the Compassion for Couples intensive in June 2024. While MSC experience is not necessary for the CFC program, they do go nicely together and we welcome the attendance of one or both partners in the MSC intensive should you be so inclined. Learn about the Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive.

Registration Fees for 6-week CfC 

The course includes handouts, guided meditations and instruction and is offered for $400 ($350 if you pay in full 30 days in advance for the course). 
Note: Listed registration fees are per parent and each parent needs to register to attend together.

UC SAN DIEGO EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT

UC San Diego Employees may take the course for $350 (or $300 if you pay in full 30 days prior to the start of class).

UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT

We have partnered with the UC San Diego Health Employee Wellness Program. UC San Diego Health Employee Fee: $200.

UCSD Health Employees are eligible for a yearly subsidy of up to $210 for any of our programs. Learn more here!

Registration Fees for CfC Weekend Intensive

The course includes handouts, guided meditations and instruction and is offered for $450 ($400 if you pay in full 30 days in advance for the course). 
Note: Listed registration fees are per parent and each parent needs to register to attend together.

UC SAN DIEGO EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT

UC San Diego Employees may take the course for $400 (or $350 if you pay in full 30 days prior to the start of class).

UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT

We have partnered with the UC San Diego Health Employee Wellness Program. UC San Diego Health Employee Fee: $240.

UCSD Health Employees are eligible for a yearly subsidy of up to $210 for any of our programs. Learn more here!

Financial Assistance

We offer financial assistance to avoid turning away anyone with a genuine interest and motivation to participate, if the cost is the only thing preventing them from participating.

With our online registration process, you are able to use a credit card to pay the fee, which gives people some flexibility in making payments over a longer period.

If you a have genuine financial need and the considerations above are not enough to allow you to participate in one of our courses, please contact us (mindfulness@health.ucsd.edu) to inquire about financial assistance. The financial assistance we can provide for each class is limited so you may not be able to enroll in a given course and may have to wait until the next available course.

Cancellation Policy

For 6-week course: 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.

For Weekend Intensive course: A refund (minus your non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing on or before a date 30 days prior to the start of the training. No refunds will be allowed after this date. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.