Buddhist Psychology, CFT and ACT

Buddhist Psychology, Compassion Focused Therapy, and ACT: The core elements

Workshop presenter – Dennis Tirch

 

How can the science of mindful compassion inform our approach as ACT (or CBT) practitioners? Can it enhance and expand our clinical work? How do Buddhist Psychology and the science of compassion converge to reveal a path of courage, kindness and empowerment?

This two-day clinical/experiential workshop is specifically designed to help ACT and CBT practitioners deepen their understanding and practice of compassion focused treatment of psychological suffering.

Participants will learn a new evolutionary model of compassionate flexibility that is grounded in Compassion Focused Therapy, ACT, and Buddhist Psychology.

The workshop will then focus on putting the model of compassionate flexibility into practice, Direct, experiential exercises, including a range of compassion focused imagery practices, will invite participants into contact with their compassionate minds. Rather than being a soft option, the deliberate activation of our compassion system can generate the emotional strength and psychological flexibility we need to face life’s challenges, and step forward into lives of meaning, purpose and vitality.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Integrate compassion focused methods into ACT-consistent practice to create compassion focused case conceptualisations and enhance compassionate flexibility

  1. Integrate compassion focused methods into ACT-consistent practice to create compassion focused case conceptualisations and enhance compassionate flexibility
  2. Adapt a compassion focused approach to evidence based techniques such as exposure and response prevention, defusion, and behavioural activation
  3. Practice and teach compassion focused imagery methods and guided meditations drawn from CFT, Buddhist Psychology and ACT
  4. Develop and use the concept of the Compassionate Self Imagery practice in the treatment of anxiety and depression
  5. Help clients to better accept and effectively respond to anxiety and other difficult emotions through the activation of their evolved capacity for mindful compassion

Venue: for the workshop is:

Victoria Park Golf Complex
Herston Road,
Herston,
Brisbane

Find the venue here

When? April 20-21, 9.30-5.00

Price: Early Bird – before Feb 1st – $595; Full price $650

The Workshop Application form is available here.

In collaboration with

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UQ Compassion Symposium

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