405, 505 – Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice

How to make Therapy More Portable
Parts 1 & 2
Chris Germer

From depression and anxiety to addiction and trauma, a lack of self-compassion lies at the core of nearly every presenting problem. When therapy is effective, the therapist’s compassionate attitude seems to rub off on the client. Luckily, self-compassion exercises can also be taught and practiced between sessions, making the therapy relationship more portable. This interactive workshop will show how to apply Carl Roger’s maxim “When I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” You’ll explore how to:

  • Use the therapy relationship to help your clients learn self-compassion
  • Integrate self-compassion into your work to make it more enjoyable and deeply fulfilling
  • Design self-compassion practices that clients can apply at home to alleviate different kinds of presenting problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship conflict
  • Apply self-compassion as an antidote to shame and a way to alleviate caregiver fatigue


Continued with workshop 505

Chris Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He’s the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion program.

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