Commit and Act: Self-Liberation in Challenging Times: Walking the Path of Mindfulness, Acceptance and Compassion

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Dennis Tirch, PhD Founder of the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, CFT trainer, and author

About This Course

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During these unprecedented and challenging months, clinicians are being called upon to face elevated levels of stress and suffering in their clients, and in themselves. The experiences of threat, anxiety and self-criticism that arise in our minds can lead us to feel stuck, confused or even unmotivated. It is a time for us to awaken and cultivate our ability to respond with as much mindfulness, acceptance and compassion as we can, for our own sake, and for the sake of our clients.

How can we best care for ourselves under these conditions? What kind of self-practice and self-care can allow us to bring our best selves to our work and our personal lives?

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a cutting-edge, evidence-based psychotherapy that takes the "third wave" of psychotherapy further, by deliberately awakening and developing our compassionate minds. For thousands of years, wisdom traditions have used mindfulness, acceptance and compassion-based training as a platform to transform the mind. Developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert, CFT puts these processes in your hands, drawing on rigorous behavioral psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary theory.

During this two-hour webinar, leading CFT and ACT expert, Dr. Dennis Tirch, will guide you through a step-by-step introduction to training in mindfulness, acceptance and compassion, using imagery and mental training techniques from CFT. This brief online training is tailored to the needs of clinicians working during the global pandemic. We will explore how psychological flexibility, self-care and personal wellness can all be augmented as we train our minds, bodies and hearts in mindful compassion for others, and for ourselves.

Rather than being a quick fix, this webinar will be an introduction, and an invitation to a new path of personal practice. At a time when we need restoration, empowerment and an ever deepening reservoir of compassion, we hope you can share this practice with us.

The goal of Commit and Act is to build a renewed sense of trust in the people they work with. To help individuals find the courage to rebuild their lives according to their own vision and values. Their local professional therapists counsel individuals and community groups.

PraxisCET is proud to help support his work. Proceeds from this presentation will go directly to Commit and Act, providing vital funding for the health and education services they provide in Sierra Leone and elsewhere.


November 17, 2020, 2 PM—4 PM EDT

Hour 1: An introduction to the theoretical model of mindfulness, acceptance and compassion.
Hour 2: Experiential techniques for mindfulness, acceptance and compassion training.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe and implement the underlying theoretical model for personal practice of mindfulness, acceptance and compassion.
  2. Develop a personal practice program in mindfulness, acceptance and compassion training.
  3. Identify ways to teach others the basics of personal practice in mindfulness, acceptance and compassion.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 2 CE Hours by the following:

  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NAADAC – Drug & Alcohol Counselors
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • APA - Psychologist: Institute for Better Health, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health, Inc maintains responsibility for the program and its content.




For mental health professionals, beginners through intermediate and on to advanced practitioners. The course will be appropriate for clinicians of any background, and professionals with CFT, ACT and CBT training may find the concepts more familiar and readily user-friendly. Graduate students, coaches and teachers might also benefit from this training.

Recommended Reading



Kirby, J., Steindl, S. & Tellegen, C. (2017). A Meta-Analysis of Compassion-Based Interventions: Current State of Knowledge and Future Directions. Behavior Therapy. 48-6. 778-792.

Braehler, C., Harper, I., & Gilbert, P. (2012). Compassion focused group therapy for recovery after psychosis. In C. Steel (Ed.), CBT for schizophrenia: Evidence-based interventions and future directions (pp. 235–266). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley and Sons.

Lutz, A., Brefczynski-Lewis, J., Johnstone, T., & Davidson, R.J. (2008). Regulation of the neural circuitry of emotion by compassion meditation: Effects of meditative expertise. PLoS ONE, e1897. DOI:10.1373/journal.pone.0001897.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at to cancel a registration.