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Digital Seminar

Advanced Mindfulness: The Art and Science of Self-Compassion

Tim Desmond, LMFT
5 Hours 58 Minutes
Jan 14, 2016
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  • Techniques to help clients break through self-criticism, insecurity and depression
  • The fascinating convergence between modern science and mindfulness practice
  • Practices to re-energize your work and increase your effectiveness
  • Explanation of self-compassion as vital element of mindfulness practice that is often overlooked in the mental health field

Self-compassion might be the single most important skill for effectively dealing with difficult emotions. In fact, a lack of self-compassion is one of the strongest predictors for anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. This seminar will equip you with tools to build the capacity for self-compassion in your clients. We will explore the convergence between modern science and mindfulness practices that can be used to build self-compassion in the present, and can be applied to heal past trauma. You will be taught a thorough, yet accessible, orientation to cognitive science and neuroscience as they relate to mindfulness.
This seminar recording consists of highly engaging and experiential learning that will give you a firsthand experience of how these practices can build and sustain well-being. You will have an opportunity to practice guiding others and being guided through mindfulness and self-compassion exercises with the support of skilled supervision. Take home the Toolbox for Teaching Mindfulness and the Toolbox for Teaching Self-Compassion, allowing you to immediately incorporate what you have learned into your work with clients.



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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:

Financial: Tim Desmond maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Tim Desmond has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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  1. Enhance client engagement with clear psychoeducational descriptions of the neurological processes involved in mental health issues and understandable explanations of how mindfulness can impact these processes.
  2. Establish how clinical tools that increase self-awareness and self-compassion can be used in therapy to help clients better manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
  3. Diversify available clinical techniques with mindfulness and self-compassion exercises you can use with a variety of populations and treatment modalities.
  4. Formulate treatment plans for depression that integrate mindfulness interventions that counter automatic patterns of thoughts.
  5. Analyze the role of attunement between therapist and client in contributing to positive clinical outcomes and communicate how mindfulness training can improve attunement in the therapeutic relationship.
  6. Teach clients to connect with difficult emotions without self-judgment using self-compassion exercises in the treatment of trauma.



  • Advanced breathing meditation
  • Origins of mindfulness in the East and West
  • 18 qualities of mindfulness
  • The Toolbox for Teaching Mindfulness

Cognitive Science

  • Latest research from cognitive science
  • The two-system model of mind
  • Convergence of cognitive science and mindfulness


  • Compassion that transforms suffering
  • Compassion that contains love, joy and equanimity
  • Use of phrases in compassion meditation
  • The Toolbox for Teaching Self-Compassion Part 1

Healing the Past in the Present


  • Case study on self-compassion to heal childhood abuse
  • The past is present in the brain
  • How memories constantly change
  • Working with past suffering
  • The Toolbox for Teaching Self-Compassion Part 2

Neuroscience and Transformation

  • Neuron’s that fire together, wire together: Hebb’s Law
  • The miracle of neuroplasticity
  • Mechanisms of change: mindfulness and mirror neurons
  • Parallel processing and the many-layered mind

Self-Inquiry and Inner-Dialogue

  • Case study on self-inquiry and inner-dialogue
  • Multiple streams of volition
  • The practice of listening deeply to thoughts and feelings
  • Offering compassion to thoughts and feelings
  • When to ignore and when to listen to a thought or feeling

Self-Compassion, Mindfulness and the Profession

  • Applying practices in our professional lives
  • Work with difficult clients
  • Avoid compassion fatigue


Target Audience

Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Case Managers, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals

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