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Compassion Focused Therapy Workshop with Creator, Professor Paul Gilbert, Ph.D.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 -
9:00am to 7:00pm

*Includes seven hours of Continuing Education Units for Licensed Psychologists 

Compassion focused therapy is an evolutionary based approach to stimulating compassionate motives and emotions. It was developed for and with people who have chronic mental health problems particularly those linked to shame and self-criticism and who find being open to the compassion of others and being self compassionate difficult.

The therapy involves a number of practices designed to stimulate particular brain systems that facilitate compassionate motivation and feeling. Although developed in a clinical setting these practices utilise various contemplative traditional practices and can be immensely beneficial for general well-being.

This training will provide an overview of the basic evolutionary model of compassion and how compassion arises from insight into the nature of suffering. We will then focus on the following themes.

Grounding and stabilizing: these practices involve both breath training (called soothing rhythm breathing) and grounding in the body, which involves mindfulness.

Visualizations: we will then provide series of visualisations relating to safe place and compassionate image which allows participants to explore their reactions to these processes which are focused on generating feelings of safeness and "receiving compassion"

Compassionate self cultivation: central to many contemplative traditions is the idea of cultivating a particular kind of self-identity that is motivated for compassion. Here we use method acting techniques to enable imagination of the self we would be at our compassionate best. We explore what it would be like to inhabit that aspect of self and look at life difficulties through this sense of self.

Working with self-criticism: one of the common difficulties people have is being overly self monitoring of performance and self critical. We will offer ways of exploring self-criticism using our compassionate self/mind to address the problem of self-criticism


Participants will have an overview of the evolutionary sources of suffering

Participants will have an overview of the evolutionary model of compassion

Participants will have an overview of some of the core practices in compassion focused therapy including focusing on breathing, types and mindfulness, facilitating the reception of compassion, developing the compassionate self and using the compassionate self to approach difficulties including the difficulty of self-criticism

Registration can be done via CCARE's website, at the Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education at Stanford University.

Learn more about PAU's efforts in Compassion Focused Therapy.

Palo Alto University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologyists. Palo Alto University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Location: Berg Hall at Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC) Conference Center, 2nd Floor 291 Campus Drive Stanford, CA 94305 United State
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