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Self-Compassion and Psychotherapy

Chris Germer and Kristin Neff

August 1, 2019 - August 2, 2019

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The workshop includes lectures, research, guided practices, exercises, role-playing, clinical vignettes, videos and poetry. There will also be a strong experiential component, but to participate, no previous experience in meditation or mindfulness is necessary.

After this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the empirical construct of self-pity and identify misunderstandings and prejudices
  2. Know the scientific support of research results for the application of self-pity in psychotherapy
  3. Practice mindfulness and self-pity to establish the therapeutic presence
  4. Improve the therapeutic relationship through practices of compassion and self-pity during the therapy session.
  5. Define the neurobiology of empathic suffering and apply self-pity to alleviate the fatigue of empathy in the professional.
  6. Learn to work with the Backdraft (countercurrent effect) with the client.
  7. Identify the emotion of shame in psychotherapy and apply a positive and compassionate approach in working with shame.
  8. Teach self-pity techniques that arise naturally from therapy and that can be practiced at home.


August 1, 2019
August 2, 2019


San Diego, CA


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