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Integrating Self-Compassion into Counselling With Adults course

Integrating Self-Compassion into Counselling With Adults course

About the Course

This intermediate level workshop will guide clinicians on how to effectively integrate empirically-validated self-compassion skills into their sessions with adult clients.

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping well with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relationships.   This workshop is an introduction to integrating self-compassion flexibly into counselling and psychotherapy. This data-driven, experiential webinar is grounded in Kristin Neff’s (2003) model of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and the clinical perspectives of Chris Germer.

As a “transtheoretical” and “transdiagnostic” treatment process, self-compassion perspectives and interventions can be applied across a broad range of client populations, diagnoses and used by therapists from diverse theoretical backgrounds. SC is particularly useful for human service and social service professionals who deal with high workload and resource limitations which are inherently stressful.

In order to integrate self-compassion effectively into clinical work, clinicians must have direct personal experience with the self-compassion model and practices.  There is a two-week break between Day 1 and 2 so that participants have an opportunity to practice for themselves.

Day 1 focuses on learning basic self-compassion for personal practice which (1) is an essential prerequisite for integrating SC into clinical work, and (2) will enhance participant’s personal self care and resilience. After participating in Day 1 of this webinar training, participants will be able to:

  • Define self-compassion as a transtheoretical and transdiagnostic treatment process

  • Learn a 5-step model for becoming a self-compassion informed therapist

  • Identify and apply the three components of Neff’s (2003) Mindful Self Compassion model

  • Be familiar with the science and research of self-compassion

  • Understand the distinction between tender and fierce self-compassion

  • Apply basic mindfulness and tender and fierce self-compassion practices in their own daily life, including STOP, soothing touch, self-compassion break, 4Ns, self-compassionate behavior, becoming your own ally and motivating themselves with compassion. 

  • Recognize and respond to fears of self-compassion and backdraft, the discomfort that can arise when people develop self-compassion

Day 2 and 3 focus on integrating self-compassion into clinical work with client. After participating in Days 2 and 3 of this webinar training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand three levels of comprehensive integration: compassionate presence, compassionate dialogue and compassionate interventions.

  • Learn concrete skills for developing compassionate presence

  • Learn the 3Rs, an integrative model for fostering in-session, compassionate/self-compassionate dialogue with clients

  • Apply a resource-building approach to helping clients understand and develop their own capacity for self-compassion

  • Identify specific “entry points” to introduce self-compassion perspectives and interventions with clients

  • Recognize and respond to client fears of self-compassion and backdraft, the discomfort that can arise when people develop self-compassion

  • Assist clients to recognize and gradually reduce automatic self criticism and harsh self judgments

  • Learn practical “4 Ns” model to help adult clients apply self-compassion in daily life

  • Help clients to motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticism

Course Objectives

The overall objective of this webinar is to introduce the research and clinical techniques that can guide the integration of self-compassion into mental health treatment with adults so that participants can begin to flexibly integrate self-compassion perspectives and interventions into their clinical work. The skills and perspectives taught in this webinar are transtheoretical and can be smoothly integrated with a variety of therapeutic approaches with adults.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for social service and human-services professionals provide clinical services such as counseling, therapy, and psychotherapy.

No background with mindfulness or meditation is necessary to attend and benefit from the workshop


Participants who meet 75% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the Academy of Human Development and Fei Yue Community Services.

Course Description

Your Trainer

Dr Benjamin Weinstein

Dr Benjamin Weinstein

Dr Benjamin Weinstein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is currently a lecturer at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Previously, he taught at Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and Graduate School of Psychology(MS & Doctoral Programs), Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr Weinstein specialises in Adult Psychotherapy, ACT and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Depression & Anxiety Disorders, to name a few. From 2004 till present Dr Weinstein also practices as facilitator, trainer and organizational consultant of Pro-Change Consulting Co., Ltd (Thailand) and Consulting Clinical Psychologist Psychological Services International, Bangkok, Thailand.

He first graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Clinical Psychology. In 2001, he completed his doctoral training with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under APA Accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Since 1989 Dr Weinstein had won various academic honours and awards, such as AGPA 2002 Conference Scholarship awarded by American Group Psychotherapy Association; 1999-2000 UWM Dissertation Fellowship, by University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Graduate School; Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship (Arabic) by United States Department of Education. Dr Weinstein is versatile in research since 1995 , in conjunction with Veteran Affair Health Science Research and Development, Bedford, MA, and Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, MA and others.

He is a prolific writer as well from 1997, contributing either singly or partnering, for books, professional presentation and journals.His wide clinical experiences include working as a consulting clinical psychologist across Asia-Pacific region since 2001, based at Psychological Services International (PSI) in Bangkok, providing psychotherapy for adults and couples; and clinical supervision for mental health professionals.


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