Kristin Neff, Mark Williams, and Willem Kuyken discuss compassion, self-compassion and mindfulness and how we might integrate these different teachings in our treatment of depression.
An interesting point Kristin makes is that the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program doesn't rely on formal meditation training to the extent that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) does. In her research with Chris Germer, participants in their preliminary study reported equal benefits from both the formal meditation practices AND the informal practices. This is good news for those who struggle to sit with meditation! However, it remains to be seen how MSC compares to MBCT in the treatment of depression, and which program works best for whom.