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An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for ACT & CBT Practitioners

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Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

4170 City Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

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An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for ACT & CBT Practitioners

A workshop with Dr. Dennis Tirch, PhD, founder of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy and President of the Compassionate Mind Foundation USA


Presented by The Delaware Valley ACT Learners and The PA Chapter of ACBS


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), 4170 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: Early Registration (until May 1): $110 for professionals; $25 for students.

After May 1: $125 for professionals and $30 for students. CE credits available for an additional $15.

6.0 CEs for Psychologists

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Contact for questions: Alisa Kamis-Brinda, alisa@serenitysolutionstherapy.com


Cancellation policy: To receive a full refund, a written request must be received before May 1. After May 1, $25 will be deducted from refunds for professionals and $5 will be deducted from students. Refunds will be processed within 5 days.


Notes: We recommend that you bring your lunch due to the limited time for lunch and limited options in the area. A limited number of free tickets are available for PCOM students and staff, and several discounted tickets are available for individuals interested in volunteering on the day of the event. If you would be interested, please contact: Alisa Kamis-Brinda, alisa@serenitysolutionstherapy.com


Participants will explore how compassion focused therapy (CFT) can enhance and expand our clinical work. Recent advances in psychological research, theory and practice have suggested that compassion is a significant, active process in psychotherapy effectiveness and personal growth. This one-day clinical workshop is specifically designed to help acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and other behavior therapy practitioners deepen their understanding and practice of CFT for anxiety and mood disorders. Participants will learn a new evolutionary model of compassionate flexibility grounded in CFT, ACT, and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy . Compassion Focused Therapy’s compassionate imagery, meditation practices, and applications for exposure and behavioral activation can strengthen one’s clinical effectiveness, in ACT and other treatment modalities. Participants will learn how cultivating compassion can undermine fusion with shame-based self-criticism, help address the narrowing influence of threat-based behavioral patterns, and how the experience of compassionate courage can help to mobilize us to move towards lives of greater meaning and vitality.

Objectives: The attendee will be able to:
1) Help clients to better accept and effectively respond to anxiety and other difficult emotions through the activation of their evolved capacity for mindful compassion.
2) Explain and apply the fundamentals of Compassionate Flexibility, including a contextual and evolutionary theory of emotion regulation, attachment, and cognition.
3) Integrate compassion-focused methods into ACT-consistent practice.
4) Practice and teach compassion-focused imagery methods, including The Compassionate Self Imagery practice, and guided meditations drawn from CFT, Buddhist Psychology and ACT.
5) Adapt a compassion-focused approach to evidence-based techniques such as exposure and response prevention, defusion, and behavioral activation.
6) Formulate a compassion-focused case conceptualization for people being treated for anxiety and mood disorders.


Dennis Tirch, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert on Compassion Focused Therapy and the Founding Director of the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy in New York. He is the author of several books, chapters and articles, including The Compassionate Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety and The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to The Science of Compassion. Dr. Tirch regularly delivers workshops on psychotherapy and compassion internationally. Dr. Tirch is a Fellow of ACBS, Fellow Diplomate and Certified Trainer with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. He served as the Past President of the NYC-CBT Association, and as President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation USA. Dr. Tirch is a Founding Past President of the NYC Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), President of ACBS’s Compassion Focused Special Interest Group, and past Associate Director of The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy.


The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


The following State Boards accept continuing education credits for programs approved by APA: PA State Board of Social Workers; PA State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors; PA State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists; NJ Board of Licensed Professional Counselors; NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners; DE Board of Social Work Examiners; and DE Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health.

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