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Digital Seminar

Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice

Chris Germer, PhD
3 Hours 59 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 25, 2017
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From depression and anxiety to addiction and trauma, a lack of self-compassion lies at the core of nearly every presenting problem. When therapy is effective, the therapist’s compassionate attitude seems to rub off on the client. Luckily, self-compassion exercises can also be taught and practised between sessions, making the therapy relationship more portable. This recording will show how to apply Carl Roger’s maxim “When I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”


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Christopher K. Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area, specializing in mindfulness- and compassion-oriented psychotherapy. He is a Lecturer on Psychiatry, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. With Kristin Neff, PhD, Dr. Germer developed the empirically-supported, 8-week, Mindful Self-Compassion program. He conducts workshops and lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.


Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Christopher Germer is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Christopher Germer is a member of the American Psychological Association; and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 


  1. Explore how to use the therapy relationship to help your clients learn self-compassion
  2. Explore how to integrate self-compassion into your work to make it more enjoyable and deeply fulfilling
  3. Explore how to design self-compassion practices that clients can apply at home to alleviate different kinds of presenting problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship conflict
  4. Explore how to apply self-compassion as an antidote to shame and a way to alleviate caregiver fatigue
  5. Discover the two parts of empathetic listening and how that will help your patient communicate their needs more effectively. 


Self-compassion break

  • A moment of suffering
  • Suffering is a part of life
  • May I be kind to myself?

Working with difficult emotions

  • Labelling emotions
  • Mindfulness of emotions in the body
  • Soften-sooth allow


  • An innocent emotion
  • Sources of shame
  • Shame and other emotions
  • Negative core beliefs
  • Self-compassion and shame
  • Shame and silence
  • Self-compassion and the whole self


  • What is backdraft?
  • How do we recognize it?
  • What can we do about it?
    • Soles of the feet

Finding loving kindness phrases

Loving kindness for ourselves

  • Compassionate letter to myself
  • Compassionate moment

Giving and receiving compassion

  • Compassionate listening
  • Compassion with equanimity

Living with a vow

Pathways and stages

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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