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Discover metta or loving-kindness, a Buddhist meditation practice that can be a powerful source of self-soothing. Learn to practice metta and teach your clients to use it in and out of session. Explore the scientific evidence supporting the therapeutic use of self-compassion and loving-kindness and learn how to integrate the practice of self-compassion with different treatment approaches.
Christopher Germer, Ph.D., is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and is on the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He’s the coeditor of “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy” and author of the forthcoming “Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.”
Session 1: What’s Self-Compassion? • Explore the role of mindfulness as the foundation for self-compassion • Discussion of what self-compassion is and isn’t
Session 2: Being Good to Yourself • Five pathways to self-compassion • Discussion of the practice and perils of metta meditation
Session 3: Being Good to Others • Using metta meditation to transform our relationships with others, for our own good
Session 4: Special Clinical Challenges • Exploration of the use of metta meditation for treating trauma and couples in conflict
Session 5: Self-Compassion in the Therapeutic Relationship • Using metta meditation to maintain connection in disconnection
Session 6: Making Progress • How to measure progress and overcome obstacles along the way
1. Define self-compassion in the context of mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy.
2. Practice metta meditation effectively.
3. Describe how to teach self-compassion practice to clients to regulate difficult emotions like shame, anger, and fear.