Getting the Most Out of Mindfulness and Compassion – Buena Park

Tailoring the Practice to the Person

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Ronald Siegel, PsyD Professor, mindfulness teacher, therapist, trainer, and author

About This Workshop

It’s now well known that mindfulness and compassion practices can enhance virtually any form of psychotherapy and have been proven effective in treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other disorders. These practices also have an even greater potential—they can challenge our conventional view of ourselves and the world, waking us up from limiting beliefs about who we are and how we can find happiness. But mindfulness and compassion practices are not one-size-fits-all remedies. Researchers are now differentiating the effects of focused attention, open monitoring, loving-kindness, compassion, and equanimity techniques. To be safe and effective, practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of individual clients—and this workshop will show you how. Whatever your treatment orientation—from ACT, CBT, or DBT to psychodynamic, interpersonal, or humanistic approaches—these evidence-based mindfulness and compassion tools can enhance your work with clients, making all aspects of your practice more effective. Using Buddhist psychology and the latest brain and evolutionary science, Dr. Ron Siegel will cover the universal elements that underlie most psychological disorders, and how mindfulness and compassion can transform the lives of every client you treat.

Day One

On day one, you’ll learn mindfulness and compassion practices theoretically and experientially. Through lecture, therapeutic demonstrations, participatory exercises and small group discussion, we will see how these techniques can enrich and enliven our lives both inside and outside of the therapy hour. We will explore how mindfulness and compassion techniques can help us deal with the personal and professional challenges of living in an ever-changing, uncertain world, enabling us and our clients transform hard-wired concerns with self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy into experiences of meaning and connection. You will learn a suite of mindfulness and compassion techniques along with guidelines as to how and when (as well as when not) to use them.

Day Two

On day two, you will focus on the integration of mindfulness and compassion practices into psychotherapy. You’ll learn how these techniques can enhance therapeutic presence and transform your understanding of the causes of psychological suffering. You’ll learn special techniques for treating depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem addiction, and the legacies of problematic attachment histories. Throughout the workshop, you’ll examine creative ways to deal with the obstacles and challenges that arise when working with various disorders and personalities. Upon completion, you will have a foundation for integrating these transformative practices into both your personal life and your therapeutic work. Prior to registering, please click here to review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.


Monday, June 3rd – Mindfulness and Compassion for Personal and Interpersonal Fulfillment

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:00 am

  • Life is Difficult, for Everyone
  • It’s Darwin’s Fault: Befriending our Inner Primate
  • Mindfulness: What Is It and Why Should I Care?
  • Cultivating Mindfulness: Formal and Informal Practice

10:00 am to 10:15 am 

  • Morning Break  (Not available for CE)

10:15 am to 12:00 pm 

  • The Power of Compassion: All You Need is Love
  • Self-Compassion: A Path to Secure Attachment
  • Practicing Compassion for the Competition

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

  • Lunch Break (On Your Own, Not available for CE)
  • Optional Eating Meditation

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Universal Elements in Psychological Disorders
  • Fitting the Practice to the Person
  • Seven guidelines for tailoring mindfulness and compassion techniques
  • Special practices for trauma survivors and vulnerable individuals

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Using Mindfulness to Tolerate Not Knowing
  • We’re Not That Important and Other Good News
  • How to Be Happy: Lessons from Science and Buddhist Psychology
Tuesday, June 4th – Mindfulness-Based Clinical Interventions

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Check-in (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:00 am

  • Cultivating Therapeutic Presence
  • Mindfulness, Compassion, and Affect Tolerance
  • Learning to Embrace Vulnerability

10:00am to 10:15am 

  • Morning Break (Not available for CE)

10:15 am to 12:00pm

  • Working with Depression: Entering the Dark Places Together
  • Stepping Out of the Thought-Stream: Developing Metacognitive Awareness
  • Softening the Repression Barrier: Feeling It All
  • Waking Up with Higher Resolution Consciousness

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm 

  • Lunch Break (On Your Own, Not available for CE)
  • Optional Eating Meditation

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Overcoming Anxiety by Befriending Fear
  • CBT on Steroids: The Wisdom of Insecurity
  • Learning to Avoid Avoidance

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm 

  • Addicted to Dopamine Highs: The Failure of Success
  • Sex, Jealousy, and Selfie-Esteem
  • Overcoming Inadequacy: You Have to Feel it to Heal It

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the three core components of mindfulness practice.
  2. Identify the evolutionary roots and mechanisms of compassion toward self and other
  3. Demonstrate an experiential understanding of mindfulness and compassion interventions through personal practice.
  4. Specify how a therapist can best choose which mindfulness exercises are most appropriate for different individuals.
  5. Identify transdiagnostic elements in psychological suffering.
  6. Describe the core attitude toward experience found in depression and how mindfulness and compassion practices can help to transform it.
  7. Indicate the mechanisms that maintain anxiety disorders and how these can be altered using mindfulness and compassion practices.
  8. Implement mindfulness and compassion-based interventions for chronic feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.
  9. Discuss ways to assist clients to integrate mindfulness practice in their lives.
  10. Describe research providing empirical support for the use of mindfulness and compassion in therapy.
  11. Specify contraindications for various mindfulness and compassion practices.
  12. Indicate cultural factors leading to increased narcissism and consequent psychological suffering.
  13. Identify the limitations of self-esteem as a pathway to well-being.

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 12 CE Hours.




This program is open to counselors, MFTs, social workers, nurses physicians, psychologists, educators,and other professionals with a beginner to advanced knowledge base. Students in health related field and laypersons with interest in the topic are also invited to attend.

Recommended Reading

Siegel, R. D. (2010). The mindfulness solution: Everyday practices for everyday problems. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Pollak, S. M., Pedulla, T., & Siegel, R. D., (2014). Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. New York, NY: Guilford.


Germer, C. K., & Siegel, R. D. (Eds.). (2012). Wisdom and compassion in psychotherapy: Deepening mindfulness in clinical practice. New York: Guilford.

Germer, C. K., Siegel, R. D., & Fulton, P. R. (Eds.). (2013). Mindfulness and psychotherapy, 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford.

Hofmann, S. G., Sawyer, A. T., Witt, A. A., & Oh, D. (2010). The effect of mindfulness-based therapy on anxiety and depression: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 169-183.

Pollak, S. M., Pedulla, T., & Siegel, R. D., (2014). Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. New York, NY: Guilford.

Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. G., & Teasdale, J. D. (2012). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Siegel, R. D. (2010). The mindfulness solution: Everyday practices for everyday problems. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

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.

June 3–4, 2019

Available Discounts

  • Register 2 or more people at once for a 20% discount.
  • Register before April 22 for a $50 discount.
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