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The Practice of Compassion: Changing the World and Healing Ourselves

April 13, 2017 @ 5:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Developing compassion for ourselves can make us more effective at helping others and working for change in the world. This experiential seminar will be aimed at mental health professionals, community activists, and other people who are trying to make the world a better place. We’ll learn mindfulness-based practices to develop self-compassion, heal emotional pain, improve our ability to connect with others, and promote harmony in our organizations. The day will include guided meditations, lecture, group discussions, and dyad exercises.

Faculty Scholar

Tim Desmond, LMFT is a practicing psychotherapist, author, and student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He currently serves as a Faculty Scholar in the Applied Psychology Department at Antioch University New England and is co-founder of Morning Sun Meditation Center in Alstead, New Hampshire. He teaches mindfulness and self-compassion practices to professional and popular audiences throughout the world. He has presented at hundreds of conferences and seminars, including Yale University, the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. His publications include Self Compassion in Psychotherapy (W. W. Norton, 2015) and The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook (W. W. Norton, 2017).


9-9:30 amLecture: The Two Sides of Mindfulness Practice

• Cultivating Joy
• Transforming Suffering
9:30-10 amGuided meditations and discussion: Practices for Cultivating Joy

• Attention Training
• Compassion Training
10-10:30 am Guided meditations and discussion: Practices for Transforming Suffering

• Radical Acceptance
• Self-Compassion
10:30-10:45 amBreak
10:45 am-12 pmLecture, discussion & case examples: Working with Loss and Trauma

• Using Compassion Practices
• The Role of Meaning
• How the Body Affects Meaning-Creation
• Mindfulness Increases Resilience
12-1 pmLunch
1-2 pmLecture, discussion & case examples: Obstacles to Compassion

• Common Obstacles
• Three Key Ingredients for Compassion
• When to Focus on Self vs. Other
2-3 pmDyad Exercise: Compassion for Self and Other
3-3:15 pmBreak
3:15-4 pmLecture, discussion & case examples: Being an Agent for Change

• The Trap of Impossible Expectations
• Training for Equanimity
• Attachment and Non-Attachment to Outcomes
4-4:30 pmLecture, discussion & case examples: Practices for Cultivating Harmony

• A Buddhist Model of Human Behavior
• Two Relational Poisons: Demand and Criticism
• Three Elements of Alliance-Building
• Self-Compassion in ConflictGoing Deeper>
• Developing a Personal Practice
• When Things Fall Apart


  1. Apply specific compassion practices for emotional regulation.
  2. Identify the most common obstacles to self-compassion and how to overcome them.
  3. Describe the neurobiology of compassion and how it relates to mental health.
  4. Implement a non-pathologizing and compassion-focused approach to treatment-resistant clients.
  5. Use self-compassion practices to invigorate your work and avoid burnout.

Continuing Education

The Practice of Compassion: Changing the World and Healing Ourselves is offered for 6 credit hours.

National Board for Certified Counselors-Antioch University New England has been approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP no. 4338. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Antioch University New England is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This program has been approved for 6 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 72634.

For further information on other types of continuing education, please contact Shelley Viles,

Registration fees include all materials, handouts, lunch and a certification of attendance/continuing education. Cancellations received in writing 14 days prior to the event will be refunded minus a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellation within 14 days prior to the scheduled event.


April 13, 2017
5:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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NH United States