The Science and Practice of Compassion

San Rafael
October 31, 2015 to November 1, 2015

An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy

CE Credit Hours

Fierce Compassion and Mindful Courage: An Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy with a Clinical Focus on Anxiety and Shame

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is an innovative, evidence based approach to transforming the mind that targets our evolved capacity for compassion as a significant, active process in psychotherapy effectiveness.

In these two fast-paced days, you’ll learn CFT from one of the US’s leading experts in the model. Through direct, experiential exercises, including a range of focused imagery practices, you’ll directly contact your compassionate mind. The deliberate activation of your compassionate mind can generate emotional strength and psychological flexibility necessary for the challenging work of clinical psychotherapy. This workshop will take you on an experiential journey into compassionate imagery, meditation practice, and effective means for training our minds in fierce compassion and mindful courage. You’ll learn how cultivating compassion can undermine the impact of anxiety, worry and shame based self-criticism and explore how CFT methods can help address the narrowing influence of threat-based behavioral patterns. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a valuable set of skills you can use to help your clients move towards lives of greater meaning and vitality.

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Saturday, Oct. 31st - Introduction to the Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
(Not available for CE credit)

08:30 am to 10:30 am

  • Understanding the nature of compassion and its transformational power
  • Working with the fundamentals of CFT
  • An introduction to the evolutionary model of CFT

10:30 am to 10:45 am
Morning Break (Not available for CE credit)

10:45 am to 12:30 pm

  • The Two Psychologies of Compassion, Psychological Flexibility and skill development
  • The Three Circle Model of CFT

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Lunch break (Not available for CE credit)

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

  • An introduction to working with different emotional selves through imagery and experiential practice
  • An introduction to rhythmic breathing, coherent breathing and mindful compassion in breathing practices
  • Developing and working with the Compassionate Self Imagery Practice

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Afternoon Break (Not available for CE credit)

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Experiential small group work with applying compassionate imagery to complex problems
  • Bringing the Compassionate Self into contact with anxiety and self-criticism


Sunday, Nov. 1st - Fierce Compassion In Action: Mastering Anxiety and Shame

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Check in & Continental Breakfast
(Not available for CE credit)

8:30 am to 10:30 am

  • Experiential practices with anxiety and compassion
  • The varieties of anxious experience in an evolutionary context

10:30 am to 10:45 am
Morning Break (Not available for CE credit)

10:45 am to 12:30 pm

  • Shame, social threat, and evolved social mentalities
  • Compassionate Imagery to address shame based difficulties

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Lunch Break (Not available for CE credit)

1:30 to 3:30 pm

  • Self-criticism as a barrier to psychological flexibility
  • Working with self-criticism in experiential small group and dyadic practices

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Afternoon Break (Not available for CE credit)

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Applying the Compassionate Image practice to generating inner and outer courage
  • Compassionate behavior in the service of valued aims


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San Rafael, CA 94903
United States

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