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Presence and Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: A Foundational Approach for Therapists & Clients

Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Shari Geller

Friday, 11 May 2018 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Presence and Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: A Foundational Approach for Therapists & Clients

Friday, May 11th & Saturday, May 12th, 2018

9:00am– 4:30pm

YWCA, 87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON

                               

Dr. Chris Germer                                    Dr. Shari Geller 

Join leaders in the field, Drs. Chris Germer and Shari Geller for a 2-day workshop on self-compassion and therapeutic presence. This first-of-its-kind workshop will show clinicians how to cultivate a combination of presence and self-compassion in their own lives and teach it to clients.

 

Therapeutic presence (TP) lies at the heart of a positive treatment alliance. When practicing therapeutic presence, clinicians use their whole self—physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually—to be receptively attuned and deeply engaged with the client, moment-by-moment. TP provides a neurophysiological sense of safety in clients that allows them to be seen, heard, understood, and “feel felt.”

  

Self-compassion (MSC) involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we struggle, fail, or feel inadequate.  It is a key resource that enables clinicians to be fully present and attuned with clients. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, lower levels of anxiety and depression, coping with life challenges, healthy habits like diet and exercise, and more satisfying relationships.

 

TP and MSC are trans-theoretical mechanisms of change in psychotherapy and the emotional heart of mindfulness when we meet suffering. Together, therapeutic presence and self-compassion are a powerful resource for clinicians to maintain emotional balance in the midst of challenging clinical work, to enjoy their work and their clients more fully, and to prevent caregiver fatigue.

 

Clients benefit from their therapists' presence and compassion because our nervous systems are constantly resonating--trading information bi-direcitonally--with one another.  Clients also experience their therapists' presence and compassion as a secure base from which to explore their life challenges.

 

The skills of therapeutic presence and self-compassion can be practiced and learned by all clinicians.  Therapeutic presence is a special form of mindfulness—mindfulness in and of relationship.  Adding self-compassion to the mix enables therapists to return to presence when they are hijacked by difficult emotions. Together, therapeutic presence and self-compassion are a powerful resource for clinicians to maintain emotional balance in the midst of challenging clinical work, to enjoy their work and their clients more fully, and to prevent caregiver fatigue.


WHAT TO EXPECT:

In this workshop, participants will receive an in-depth understanding of Shari Geller’s empirically-supported Therapeutic Presence (TP) model, and be able to practice key skills from that training program. Participants will also learn the core principles and practices of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course developed by Chris Germer and    Kristin Neff.  Points of synergy between the two programs will be illuminated throughout the workshop so clinicians can build these practices seamlessly into their personal and professional lives.   

Since presence and self-compassion need to be directly experienced to be understood, this workshop will be largely experiential, including meditation, musical rhythm, imagery, and creative exercises.  It will also contain short lectures, class exercises, videos, poetry, and group discussion. Participants will receive instructions to a wide variety of practices that can be practiced at home, and also taught to clients, students, and trainees.


 Top 8 Reasons to Attend This Workshop: 

  • Explain the meaning of therapeutic presence and self-compassion.
  • Describe an empirically-validated model of therapeutic presence along with key skills for cultivating presence in psychotherapy.
  • Discover the research evidence for the benefits of presence, compassion, and self-compassion in psychotherapy and in life. 
  • Clarify how therapeutic presence combined with compassion promotes effective therapy.
  • Practice presence and self-compassion techniques during therapy and in life to sustain emotional connection in challenging therapeutic interactions.
  • Experience how self-compassion alleviates self-criticism and shame.
  • Apply presence and self-compassion skills for self-care and to prevent and alleviate caregiving fatigue. 
  • Help clients and patients cultivate mindful presence and self-compassion skills.

 


Who Should Attend?

This workshop is open to all healthcare professionals and educators, including students. Meditation experience is not required to participate in this program.

The Ontario Psychological Association has accredited this workshop for 12 CPD hours.

If you are a registered social worker or social service worker you may be eligible for a reimbursement of up to $500 from the Govenment of Ontario.  Visit www.swsswpdf.org for more information and how to apply.

This  workshop is eligible for 12 hours for CRPO ( College of Registered Psychotherapists) CPD hours.

 


Refund Policy:

Refunds will be provided up to 14 days prior to this course upon receipt of email cancellation to Camilla@sharigeller.ca  

Refunds will not be provided after Friday, April 27th, 2018.

All refunds are subject to a $50 administrative fee

 


Suggested Reading:

The following books are recommended, but not required:

  • Geller, S. M., & Greenberg, L. S. (2012). Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  
  • Geller, S. M., & Porges, S. W. (2014).  Therapeutic presence: Neurophysiological mechanisms mediating feeling safe in therapeutic relationships. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 24(3), 178-192.
  • Geller, S. M. (2017).  A Practical Guide to Cultivating Therapeutic Presence.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Germer, C.  (2009).   The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.  New York: Guilford Press.
  • Germer, C., Siegel, R., & Fulton, P. (2013; Eds.).  Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition.  New York: Guilford Press.
  • Neff, K.  (2011).  Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. New York: William Morrow

 


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Have questions about Presence and Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: A Foundational Approach for Therapists & Clients? Contact Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Shari Geller

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YWCA-ELM
87 Elm Street
Toronto, ON M4G 0A8
Canada

Friday, 11 May 2018 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 4:30 PM (EDT)


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Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Shari Geller

Dr. Christopher Germer, Ph.D.,
C. Psych.is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy.  Dr. Germer is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. http://chrisgermer.com

Dr. Shari Geller, Ph.D., C. Psych., is an author, teacher, and clinical psychologist. She is the founder of the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program.  Her publications include her recent book:  A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence and Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy co-authored with Leslie Greenberg. Dr. Geller serves on the teaching faculty in Health Psychology at York University and for the Applied Mindfulness Meditation (AMM) program at University of Toronto and is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, in association with Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC). She is the co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH), in Toronto, Canada.  http://www.sharigeller.ca

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