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Continuing Education

Integrating Compassion-Focused Approaches into Counseling

Date: May 11, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

The integration of wisdom traditions, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and modern psychotherapy have produced innovative and effective approaches toward integrating compassion both as a target of treatment and a method to aid clients in their goals and value-driven pursuits.

Compassion training also helps the therapist work in difficult contexts and reframe clinical intentions when working with clients. Clinical research in the past decade has
illustrated self-compassion as an integral part of wellbeing and is a worthy subject of clinical intervention.

Most importantly, cultivating a kinder and more compassionate relationship to self and others is a skill set that can be learned. In this workshop, participants will explore theories and applications for integrating compassion and compassion-based interventions into the therapy process.

We will discuss various theories, cutting edge research, and applications of compassion in the field.

Following this day-long workshop, participants will learn:

  • A foundational understanding of compassion and self-compassion as it relates to human suffering and therapy
  • How compassion relates to mindfulness, human evolved brains, emotion systems, attachment, and relationships
  • A number of creative interventions to help clients engage in self-compassion
  • How to apply concepts and interventions of compassion in different therapeutic modalities (individual, couples, and group therapy) 

Course Details and Registration

Dates: Friday, May 11, 2018, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Instructors: Justin D. Henderson, PhD, NCC; Jeffrey Christensen, PhD, LMHC

Cost: $125 by 4/19, $150 after. Includes 7 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%

Student Rate: $50

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Jeffrey Christensen, PhD, LMHC is an assistant professor in the Professional Mental Health Counseling Program at Lewis & Clark College, where he has supervised students in their practicum and internship settings. He has 10 years of experience working within community mental health settings and was the Clinical Supervisor at the New Leaf Clinic, located in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Justin Henderson, PhD, NCC is director of the Lewis & Clark Community Counseling Center and assistant professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a licensed psychologist with over a decade of clinical experience working in outpatient community counseling clinics, hospitals, university counseling centers, and residential settings.

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