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Integrating Mindfulness, Compassion, and Forgiveness Practices into Psychotherapy

In-Person Seminar and Live Interactive Webinar - REGISTRATION CLOSED

September 23, 2021 to September 24, 2021

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12 CE Hours Credit for attending both days

Seminar Description

   Research confirms it—holding onto anger is like drinking a cup of poison and expecting the other person to die—it’s terrible for our health. So why do so many of us cling to hurt and blame?
   Mindfulness and compassion practices have the potential to help us and our clients heal deep wounds, accept our shortcomings, and develop wisdom and compassion—including the ability to effectively apologize for our mistakes and forgive others for theirs.
   This workshop will explore practical techniques for freeing us from cycles of injury and resentment. You’ll learn mindfulness and compassion practices that can overcome shame, self-doubt, and feelings of inadequacy, liberating us from limiting narratives, helping us forgive ourselves and others, thereby enriching both our personal and professional lives.


Objectives—Participants will be able to describe:
· Three core components of mindfulness practices.
· How therapists can best choose which mindfulness and compassion exercises are most appropriate for different disorders and individuals.
· Contraindications for various mindfulness and compassion practices.
· Four central elements of forgiveness.
· Physical and psychological benefits of learning to forgive.
· How to use mindfulness and compassion practices to foster forgiveness at different stages of the forgiveness process.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

8:15 a.m. Registration (continental breakfast)

9:00    Forgiveness: Why Is It So Hard?
·Learning to blame ourselves and others
·Practical lessons from current research
·Pathways through: You have to feel it to heal it

10:30  Break (coffee and tea)

10:45  Understanding and Practicing Mindfulness
· Life is Difficult, for Everyone
· The Mindfulness Solution
· Cultivating Mindfulness: Formal and Informal Practice

12:15 p.m. Lunch  (on your own)
· Optional Eating Meditation 

1:30   How Mindfulness Works
· Universal causes of psychological distress
· Curing the thinking disease
· Avoiding avoidance

3:00   Break (coffee, ice tea, soda, snack)

3:15    Harnessing the Power of Compassion
· Empathy fatigue and the promise of compassion
· Working with inner and outer critics
· Self-Compassion: soothing ourselves and others

4:45  Adjournment 

Friday, September 24, 2021

7:45 a.m. Registration (continental breakfast)

8:30   Seeing Who We Really Are
· The “self” as revealed in mindfulness practice
· The neurobiology of self-referential narratives
· Discovering the freedom of no-self

10:00 Break (coffee and tea)

10:15   The Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary 
· Antidotes to the narcissism epidemic
· Freedom from self-esteem preoccupation
· All parts are welcome: becoming friends with ourselves

11:45 Lunch  (on your own)

12:45 p.m. Forgiveness Readiness
· Empirically supported forgiveness interventions
· Common factors in forgiving
· Transcending blame: Seeing the other clearly

2:15  Break (coffee, ice tea, soda, snack)

2:30  Forgiveness: Mindfulness & Compassion in Action 
· Learning from the Stoics
· Tools to cultivate affect tolerance
· Apology: Paths to reconnection

4:00   Adjournment (Pick up certificates)