Compassionate Mind Training - Berkeley, CA

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Sep 16 2017 - 8:30am - Sep 17 2017 - 5:00pm
World Region: 
North America
United States
Dennis Tirch, PhD and Laura Silberstein-Tirch, PsyD

A Personal Practice Workshop for Clinicians

Compassion lies at the heart of the therapeutic relationship, and helping to foster self-compassion in our clients is fundamental therapeutic goal. How do we work toward this goal in session? It starts with personal, experiential connection to this work. To give rise to compassion, you need to do compassion. In this intimate workshop, join Dr. Dennis Tirch and Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch to empower your psychotherapy by cultivating your inner wisdom, strength and commitment with mindful compassion.

This experiential workshop will integrate personal practice with clinical training, allowing you to directly experience process-focused therapy techniques you can use to foster compassion in your clients. Throughout the workshop, Dennis and Laura will guide you to directly experience mindfulness and compassion practices drawn from a synthesis of Buddhist approaches and Western psychotherapies, including Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) . Over these two days, you’ll learn a step-by-step approach to cultivating your inner compassionate self and living your lives with deep purpose and courage. And you’ll learn how to facilitate this process of deep and meaningful change in your clients.

During the workshop, Dennis and Laura will explain how to situation these simple yet powerful personal practices into the conceptual framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). But, of course, these compassion practices are very consistent with and adaptable to any psychotherapy practice. Whatever your background and experience, this workshop will go directly to the heart of your work with clients and provide you with important skills and concepts for helping them. This training will give you a direct experience of how being compassionate towards yourself and others can transform your mind and life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain compassion as part of a contextual and evolutionary theory of emotion regulation, attachment, and cognition.
  • Describe how to integrate compassion focused methods into psychotherapy practice from an ACT, CBT or psychodynamic perspective.
  • Explain the evolved functions of internal shame, external shame, embarrassment, humiliation and self-criticism.
  • Explain the evolutionary history of cooperation, care-giving and compassion in context.
  • Demonstrate how to help clients to better regulate and tolerate anxiety and other difficult emotions through the activation of their evolved capacity for mindful compassion.
  • Demonstrate several compassion-focused imagery methods and guided meditations.
  • Demonstrate the Compassionate Self and Compassionate Other imagery techniques.
  • Explain how compassion practice can enhance and expand our work with exposure and response prevention.
  • Explain how the Three Circle Model of emotional processing can inform case conceptualization and treatment.
  • Demonstrate ways the Two Psychologies of Compassion can be deployed to cultivate attributes and develop skills useful in dealing with anxiety and shame.
  • Demonstrate how self-compassion and psychological flexibility relate to one another, and how they both can be trained in a beneficial spiral.
  • Explain how a compassion focus can be brought to values authorship and commitment to living a life of meaning, purpose, and vitality.
  • The history of the CFT model, and future directions in CFT development.
  • Describe the fundamentals of the supporting research that suggests compassion as a meaningful new direction in psychotherapy development.



New Harbinger Publications
5720 Shattuck Avenue 
Oakland, California 94609

(510) 809-0900

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