Seminar Detail

Self-Compassion and Resilience: Clinical Interventions for Rewiring Self-Criticism

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

How many of your clients would benefit from having more love, kindness and forgiveness toward themselves?

In this seminar, you will learn specific practices to help your clients develop the absolutely essential quality of self-compassion. Evidence now demonstrates that compassion is a skill that can be developed through deliberate practice, and used to heal suffering and transform negative core beliefs.

This interactive seminar brings together recent discoveries from neuroscience, cognitive science, psychotherapy outcome research, and positive psychology to give you a wealth of information about new developments that have huge implications for therapy.

Exciting advances in science are changing how we understand compassion. No longer is it an insubstantial, flowery concept. It can be physiologically measured, and it is one of the most important factors in mental health and achievement in life.

By the end of this seminar, you will have the tools to provide for more effective therapy and help nearly any client become more self-compassionate.
  1. Describe the neurological basis of compassion and how it impacts mental health.
  2. Apply specific compassion practices to relieve anxiety and depression.
  3. Outline strategies for strengthening the brain’s compassion circuit through deliberate practice.
  4. Demonstrate self-compassion interventions to improve trauma treatment outcomes.
  5. Implement the three core elements of building a compassionate alliance with your clients.
  6. Explain how to strengthen compassion within yourself to enhance your relationships and wellbeing.


Tim Desmond, LMFT, is a Buddhist scholar, therapist in private practice, and co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in Alstead, NH. He is the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (W.W. Norton, 2015) and co-author of The Self-Compassion Deck (PESI, 2016) He offers training and consultation to therapists around the world, helping them to integrate mindfulness practices into their work.

Tim has presented at Yale University, the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy Colloquium, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Conference, and the International Society for Ethics in Psychology and Psychiatry. His writings on mindfulness and self-compassion have appeared in the Psychotherapy Networker and the Mindfulness Bell magazines. Tim was interviewed about practices for self-compassion by the Huffington Post, and writes for major mental health websites such as

He developed and teaches “dialogue-based mindfulness therapy,” a technique for teaching mindfulness and self-compassion in which the client is guided through a meditation while giving the clinician feedback about their experience in real-time. The clinician uses this feedback to adjust and custom tailor the meditation instructions in order to ensure the client learns the technique effectively.

In 2005, Tim was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh into the Order of Interbeing after many years of practicing in that tradition. He leads meditation retreats around the U.S. and teaches regularly at Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in NH. In addition to the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Tim teaches Nonviolent Communication and Positive Psychology.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Tim Desmond maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Tim Desmond has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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