The Art and Science of Compassion I

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With Dr. Dennis Tirch and Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch

Compassion. We all know it’s an important part of the therapeutic alliance. But recent advances in psychological research, theory and practice have suggested that compassion may be one of the most important processes in psychotherapeutic effectiveness.

How much compassion do we really show our clients? When we are trying to change them, is that compassionate? Even if we are working in acceptance-based and mindfulness-based modalities, are we really connecting with their experience and understanding it at a deep level?

Many don’t. But it isn’t from lack of trying. It’s from lack of training. You can train your compassionate mind. What’s more, you can help your clients learn to be more compassionate with themselves and the people in their lives, by systematically integrating the science of compassion into your practice.

The best part? You don’t have to fly halfway across the world to do it. We are bringing it right your computer screen.

Over the course of eight, two-hour, interactive, webinar-style sessions, you will explore how the science of compassion can be used to enhance and expand clinical work. This training is specifically designed to help Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other behavior therapy practitioners deepen their understanding and practice of compassion focused treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.

This online workshop will take you on an experiential journey into the foundations of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). You will discover compassionate imagery, meditation practices, and how to apply them in exposure and behavioral activation. These methods can complement and strengthen even a state-of-the-art therapeutic approach.

Through small group work and a series of experiential exercises you will experience compassion first hand. And you will get to have your questions and concerns addressed by the top trainers in compassion focused therapy, including the form’s originator, Dr. Paul Gilbert, who will be joining us as a special guest for one of the sessions in this training.

Session Schedule

All sessions of this course will run on Mondays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern time, USA.

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Week One
February 26, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm EST

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the nature of compassion and its transformational power
  2. Work with the fundamentals of CFT

Week Two
March 5, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm EST

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the two psychologies of compassion
  2. Outline the Three Circle Model of emotion and motivation

Week Three
March 12, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm EDT

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss working with different emotional selves through imagery and experiential practice
  2. Work with Compassionate Self Imagery Practice

Week Four
March 19, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm EDT

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss bringing the Compassionate Self into contact with anxiety and self-criticism imagery practice
  2. Explain Multiple Chair work

Week Five
March 26, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm EDT

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the experience of anxiety in an evolutionary context
  2. Work with our threat detection system and understand how anxiety is learned

Week Six
April 2, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm EDT

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss self-criticism as a barrier to psychological flexibility
  2. Use compassionate imagery to address shame-based difficulties

Week Seven
April 9, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm EDT

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the evidence base for CFT
  2. Work with CFT cognitive interventions

Week Eight
April 16, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm EDT

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss compassion-focused values authorship
  2. Discuss special applications of CFT


This training is worth 16 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present  i.e. logged in  for live presentation(s), all Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may then access these recordings at any time for up to six months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.

All prices listed in US dollars.