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Daily Videos. Each day through April 24th, all videos will become available, at 6 pm ET | 3 pm PT (time zone converter). There are also live, interactive calls at 6 pm ET some days, as noted below. In total, there are 5-6 talks per day, and each one is between 40-60 minutes.
Replays Available for 48 Hours! Recordings of ALL sessions will be available for free viewing for 48 hours, so you can watch when it’s most convenient for you in your day and in your time zone!
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Compassion in Therapy
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
- Explore the latest neuroscientific findings on how compassion benefits both self and other at the level of brain activity and the nervous system
- Learn how training in compassion can help alleviate empathy fatigue for therapists and those in other helping professions
- Engage in a powerful practice of generating compassion for those experiencing difficulties
Click here to also see Chris’ 2021 Keynote Session which he mentions during this talk: “A Comprehensive Overview of Self-Compassion in Therapy”
- Gain a deeper understanding of shame, including its evolutionary purpose, and the way it is learned through family and culture
- Learn what current research tells us about the link between shame and psychopathology, and the close relationship between shame and trauma
- Discover the power of self-compassion to overcome shame in therapeutic intervention, and how this can be skillfully achieved
- Understand “legacy burdens” and how centuries old systems of oppression live within all of us and manifest as “parts” of ourselves that we can work with and heal
- Discover how Internal Family Systems can be used to heal the “legacy burdens” that cause unconcious bias, as well as the “parts” of ourselves that have experienced oppression
- Watch Dr. Schwartz and Deran Young share a powerful, intimate and poignant demonstration of this approach
- Gain new insights into what compassion is and why it is a key component for health, resilience, and living with purpose
- Consider the findings of studies that have shown how compassion supports our own well being, as well as our ability to serve others
- Experience the profound impact compassion has on our own life experience, and how we may impact others, through a guided practice
The Compassionate Therapist
Thursday, April 21, 2022
- Gain a more precise understanding of how compassion works on an embodied level and why it is “not just this lump, or fuzzy feeling” but requires a suite of precise qualities to interact in an enactive process
- Explore why therapists are particularly vulnerable to falling into the shadow sides of typically positive states such as altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement, and learn how to avoid these traps through awareness
- Learn the revolutionary 5 step G.R.A.C.E. method of focusing attention, attuning to self and other, and embodying compassion in skillful action with your clients or anyone you encounter
- Hear Deb Dana’s down-to-earth presentation of Polyvagal Theory, and understand the essence of this profound framework (key terms: autonomic hierarchy, neuroception, co-regulation, dorsal, sympathetic, ventral)
- Experience practices and exercises designed to bring us into ventral regulation and give us access to greater resilience, intuition, safety, and wonder
- Explore how how Polyvagal Theory can transform your therapuetic work, and give you tools to offer your clients to help them reliably self-regulate
- Learn the fundamentals of Self-Compassion, and the science behind its effectiveness
- Explore the importance of both fierce and tender self-compassion, for both client and therapist
- Be guided in “Self-compassion with Equanimity Practice” to dynamically evoke compassion for both yourself and your client during intense moments of a therapy session
- Learn how the ancient practice of “sending and taking” can help you meet others’ suffering with compassion and bolster your own confidence to be present with the pain you see in the world
- Experience a guided practice session of “Sending and Taking” and learn from Dr. Ferguson’s decades of experience
- Hear ways you can bring this practice into your life and cultivate your innate compassionate heart
Compassion in the Therapeutic Relationship
Friday, April 22, 2022
- Engage in a deep dive exploration of Dr. Siegel’s groundbreaking “Interpersonal Neurobiology” model for understanding consciousness, connection, and healing presence
- Learn how the elements of presence, attunement, resonance, and trust (PART) can be applied for healing and positive growth in the therapeutic relationship
- Hear a moving story that illustrates how PART allowed Dr. Siegel to help a 90 year old client “learn to feel” and experience the joy of an integrated life
- Understand Dr. Duran’s conception of the “soul wound” and intergenerational trauma and how these are manifesting in the lives of indigenous people, as well as in the wide spread challenges we are experiencing more broadly in humanity as a whole
- Hear Dr. Duran’s vision for what therapy and healing look like from an indeginous perspective
- Explore how Dr. Duran’s approaches to healing may enrich and inform the practices of therapists and counselors interested to applying them in a variety of cultural contexts
- Get practical tips for optimizing an in-person or online therapy session by cultivating therapeutic presence, and learn how to overcome common obstacles
- Understand why and how therapeutic presence can allow you to engage more deeply with clients on multiple levels — physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and relational
- Experience a compassion practice that can be done outside of a session, or on the spot, for working through barriers to presence
- Understand the basics of the ground breaking Open Dialogue model and explore how it is shifting the paradigm of how we view and treat acute mental health crises in psychiatric settings
- Learn about the latest research and growing evidence base which illustrates the benefits of the Open Dialogue approach
- Hear about the roles that presence, therapeutic relational attunement, mindfulness and compassion play in Open Dialogue facilitation
- Learn how compassion can add value and be integrated into a wide variety of therapy modalities including CBT, ACT, DBT, and more.
- Understand how this integration can happen through the therapeutic relationship as well as through specific compassion-based interventions, and explore how you can integrate compassion into your own current practice.
- Experience a demonstration of applying a compassion-based intervention in session with a resistant client with emotion regulation difficulties.
- Learn how the practice of embodied mindfulness can allow us to increase our emotional resilience, recognize our own biases, and connect across lines of real and perceived difference.
- Explore the role self-compassion can play in healing shame, trauma, and woundedness related to social identities.
- Experience an extended guided practice for settling into embodied mindfulness, generating compassion, and increasing our capacity to heal ourselves and others.
Clinical Applications of Compassion
Saturday, April 23, 2022
- Explore what a trauma-sensitive approach is, and why it is crucial for helping clients navigate the times we are living in
- Understand the “window of tolerance,” and how to support clients in experientially opening to a broader range of challenging experience through specific practices
- Learn how meditation can be harmful to clients working with trauma if not introduced in a supportive way
- Discover how you can help clients “turn states into traits” by deliberately internalizing beneficial experiences to support sustained personal growth and development
- Understand the science of positive neuroplasticity and why typical therapeutic or contemplative interventions don’t always create lasting change
- Explore Dr. Hanson’s HEAL framework and learn a short practice that can be done with clients to apply this approach
- Understand what broaching is and why it is essential to be an effective clinician– from both the perspective of being human and the research literature
- Learn how to successfully broach issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in session using Dr. Day-Vines practical 4 step model
- Better understand dynamics connected to race, ethnicity and culture that commonly arise in session that when unaddressed often lead to ruptures in the therapeutic relationship
- Recieve an introduction to Dr. Greenberg’s unique transtheoretical and transdiagnostic emotion transformation process and how compassion and somatic awareness can help you be more effective
- Learn how to help clients access the underlying need hidden within difficult emotions, unlocking a key fulcrum of transformation and healing
- Watch a role-play demonstration of Dr. Greenberg guiding a client in working with emotional content to transform past trauma
- Learn how the main 3 components of Mindful Self-Compassion – mindfulness, self-kindness, and common humanity – can be a game changer for teens with all of the particular challenges they face
- Explore strategies for creating a self-compassionate therapeutic space conducive to working with teens
- Understand some of the unique resistances that may present for teens when introduced to MSC, and how to work with them
- Watch a bonus “Just Like Me” practice for teens here>>
More Clinical Applications of Compassion
Sunday, April 24, 2022
- Gain a basic understanding of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and the role of compassion and self-compassion in this modality
- Experience EFCT in action through step-by-step clinical demonstrations
- Hear about the new developments in Dr. Johnson’s new work and how EFCT is continuing to evolve
- Explore who is most susceptible to the experience of resistance to compassion and why
- Understand the most common manifestations of compassion resistance and how these are often an indication of unresolved trauma, grief or disruption in the mamalian care system
- Discover techniques for guiding clients beyond their resistance by employing meditation practices, contemplations, metaphors, and a sense of playfulness
- Understand the evolutionary basis of the “negativity bias,” and our propensity for “reification,” and how these contribute to anxiety and depression
- Explore the four propensities of the brain that lead us in the direction of anxiety and depression, and how mindfulness and compassion practice counteract those propensities
- Be led in “Stepping Into Fear” practice, a powerful method to help clients befriend anxiety and move toward “experiential approach” rather than “experiential avoidance”
- Explore Dr. g’s conception of the Shaman Therapist, their approach to healing, and how this principle informs their therapeutic work
- Receive practical tools and strategies for moving outside your comfort zone, discovering more collective and less individualistic ways of being, and deepening connection with clients
- Experience a guided practice to engage the spirit, connect with your heart, and “hold space” for healing
- Learn Dr. Schuman-Olivier’s unique perspective on how addiction and addiction treatment work through a mindfulness, compassion and neuroscientific lens
- Hear about the latest research on how mindfulness and self-compassion interventions can help reverse “experiential avoidance,” improve self-regulation, and effect positive behavior change during recovery
- Be led in Dr. Schuman-Olivier’s innovative “STOP-ACHE-GO” guided practice to learn how to “warmly be with” difficult experience, while trusting the wisdom of the body
Music can be a powerful support for cultivating self-compassion and compassion for our loved ones, clients, and the entire world. In this special session, we tap into that power as we are led on a musical journey for healing and inspiration. Please bring some paper and something to write or draw with, and make yourself comfortable for this practice of holding ourselves, each other, and our world in loving kindness.