Background: Compassion is the glue which brings skill, strategy,intervention, and relationship together in successful healing process in psychotherapy, medical care, dietary intervention, and spiritual experience. It is a competency. Compassion as a way of living can begin with truly joining client, imagination of another's experience, and the practice of loving kindness.
Objectives: 1) Following this presentation, participants will be able to identify specific and practical competencies of the practice of compassion 2) Following this presentation, participants will be able to identify ways to join the client and specific practices for application of loving kindness 3) Following this presentation, participants will be able to ask the right questions which will open the door to imagined experience of another's situation and suffering
1) Definition of Compassion
2) The Spectrum of Compassion: Self Compassion, Compassion for Client, Clients compassion of others, Clients self compassion
Core competencies of Comapssion: 1) Truly Joining Client, 2) Imagination of client experience, situation and suffering, 2) The practice of Loving Kindness
1) Truly Joining Client: a. Joining story and examples, b. joining exerciese with participants, c. practice of liciving in the place of the client
2) Imagination of client experience: a. Questions to oneself to be able to imagine their situation, experience, and suffering, b. exercies with participants on asking those questions with each other, c. reflective/imagery exercise of imagining and becoming more one and understanding of the client by "living in their shoes"
3) The practice of loving kindness: a. Looking at what living kindness is, b. Looking at loving kindness operationalized into practical actions and activiity, c. Sharing of loving kindness experience both given and received by participants - both inside and outside therapeutic practice d. The experience of loving kindness with participants in milling exercise in the moment
Dr. Michael E. Berrett is a Licensed Psychologist and is CEO and Co-founder of Center for Change, a specialty hospital and program for Eating Disorders.He has been treating Eating Disorders and related mental, emotional and addictive illness for more than 30 years. He is the Author of the APA bestseller "Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women with Eating Disorders" and various other books, book chapters, and peer review professional journal articles. He is a nationally known presenter and clinical trainer. His workshops are engaging, active, practical, and from the heart.