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Upcoming workshop: April 24, 2021

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, I will be offering an Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Workshop via Zoom. This workshop offers participants a basic introduction to MSC. Participants will spend the first half learning about basic MSC concepts including:

  • the definition of self-compassion and its three components;
  • the Yin and Yang of self-compassion;
  • the five myths of self-compassion; and
  • how self-compassion differs from self-criticism, self-esteem, and self-care.

Participants will spend the second half of the workshop engaged in guided mindful self-compassion practices. Each of these will last no longer than 20 minutes and will be followed by a brief break between each practice. 

Three different ticket types are being offered:

  • Current UA Little Rock BSW, MSW, or GERO student (free)
  • Community member ($10; no CEUs provided)
  • CEU ($15 for 3 CEUs provided by the UA Little Rock School of Social Work)

100% of funds raised will be donated to the UA Little Rock Association of Black Social Workers student chapter to support their activities.

In the week prior to the workshop, you will receive handouts and the link to the Zoom meeting.

Registration has closed for this event. Please click on the link to the Mailing List to be informed about upcoming workshops. 

Questions may be emailed to me at clcrisp@ualr.edu

To read more about my passion for MSC, check this article out: https://ualr.edu/news/2021/03/30/crisp-mindful-self-compassion/

Finding my way, one compassionate breath at a time

Welcome to my website.  It contains information about a variety of personal and professional interests and I hope you will enjoy checking some of the links and information out.  I am an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the School of Social Work.  I have taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses and am most passionate about teaching classes on social justice, diversity, privilege, and oppression. I have also taught classes on policy, research, and working in communities and organizations. I am a rare second generation college professor as my father was an engineering professor for 43 years.  I love teaching and am very good at it. My students know I care about them and want them to succeed. I also love to write and do work in the community. I also spend a lot of time meditating and reading about mindfulness, meditation, self-compassion, and loving kindness. I have learned to truly value silence and doing nothing and much to the surprise of those who know how fidgety I am prone to being, I embrace both silence and non doing. If I can meditate, most people can. Meditation and being mindful have changed my life in the last seven years and I’m grateful for the gifts they continue to bring me with each breath. I continue to be the only formally trained Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher Arkansas.  

On a personal note, I have been with my wonderful wife for 26 years. We were married on the beach in Maryland in June 2013 on our 19th anniversary, at sunrise just a few days after the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. She retired from the US Army in 2009 as an LTC after 23 years of distinguished service. We have 3 dogs and 4 cats (all rescues) who rule our lives. When we aren’t working or spending time with our loving animals, you can find us traveling as much as time and money allow and/or enjoying time with family and friends. Pre-pandemic trips have included travel to Costa Rica and Honduras. We traveled to Iceland and Sweden in the summer of 2019 to celebrate our 25th anniversary and hope to also visit the Galapagos Islands and Peru when travel opens up again.

In May 2016, I experienced a life-altering but not life-threatening health issue when I lost a significant amount of hearing in my right ear and was subsequently diagnosed with Sudden Hearing Loss (SHL).  See the pages on hearing loss more information. SHL is considered a medical emergency and anyone who experiences it should see a doctor immediately and request to be started on steroids until they can see an ENT. Regrettably, most PCPs are not trained to identify it and early intervention is critical to restoring hearing when doing so is possible. Please share anything you see about it and help me pass the word about this challenging issue. At 55, I now wear a hearing aid in my right ear and despite many challenges, I am grateful I have the resources to afford the hearing aid and good medical care as well as friends and family who have supported me through the unexpected wilderness of my hearing loss.


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