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Dennis Tirch Recorded Webinar: Compassion Focused Therapy (DOES NOT OFFER CE CREDIT)

1.5 CE credits earned with successful completion of the Post Webinar Quiz

Presenter and Affiliations: Dennis Tirch PhD

Associate Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

Founder and Director, The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy

Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College


You will learn:


  1. How to help your clients to better regulate and tolerate anxiety, through the activation of their evolved capacity for mindful compassion.
  2. The fundamentals of CFT’s underlying evolutionary theory of emotion regulation, attachment, behavior and cognition.
  3. How to use compassion focusing in different forms of CBT.


Abstract:  Recent advances in CBT theory and practice have suggested that compassion may be a significant, active process in psychotherapy effectiveness (Baer, 2010; Hofman et. al., 2011; Goetz et. al., 2010; Neff et. al.; 2007).  As a result, cognitive behavioral technologies are emerging, which aim to directly train clients to develop mindfulness and compassion (Neff & Germer, 2011; Gilbert, 2009; Tirch, 2012).  This webinar will introduce participants to the theory and interventions used in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) (Gilbert, 2009).  CFT is based upon empirically supported CBT processes, affective neuroscience, evolutionary science, and meditation disciplines.  CFT techniques are easily integrated with other CBT tools, such as exposure and response prevention and cognitive reappraisal or defusion.  During this webinar, participants will learn how CFT practices may be used to help clients with psychological disorders.  CFT aims to help clients develop a range of skills and attributes that emerge from our compassionate mode of mind; including self-compassionate motivation, attention, emotion, cognition and behavior.  This approach has great utility in the treatment of anxiety, as it specifically targets the regulation of our threat-detection system through systematic mental training in mindful compassion.  Participants will learn the CFT evolutionary model, including the nature of our three basic emotion regulation systems, and how to apply this theory in practical ways to case formulation and intervention strategies for treating anxiety.  Through didactic instruction and experiential exercises, participants will learn key skills include the use of compassion focused imagery, building the compassionate self, and compassionate exposure.


About the Presenter: Dr. Tirch is one of the foremost experts on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the United States.  He has worked closely with CFT founder, Dr. Paul Gilbert OBE to apply CFT to the treatment of anxiety.  Dr. Tirch’s work with compassion is firmly grounded in an extensive history of work in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Buddhist Psychology.


Dr. Tirch is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy.  He also serves as Associate Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Manhattan, an internationally known CBT institute, under the direction of leading CBT expert Robert L. Leahy PhD.  Dr. Tirch and Dr. Leahy have collaborated for the last 11 years in developing training, psychotherapy techniques, and research on emotion regulation.


As an educator, Dr. Tirch serves as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. An avid writer on psychology, Dr. Tirch is the author of the self-help book The Compassionate Mind Guide To Overcoming Anxiety:  Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Overcome Worry, Panic and Fear which is available from New Harbinger.  This is the first evidence-based self-help book to apply the science of compassion to the treatment of anxiety. He is the co-author of the books “Emotion Regulation:  A Practitioner’s Guide” with Dr. Robert Leahy and Dr. Lisa Napolitano, and “Mindfulness in Clinical Practice” with Dr. Richard Sears and Dr. Brian Denton.  Dr. Tirch is currently writing “Buddhist Psychology and CBT:  A Clinician’s Guide”, and “Mindfulness, Acceptance and Compassion” scheduled for publication in 2014.  Over the past 15 years, Dr. Tirch has co-authored several journal articles and book chapters concerning cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and compassion-focused therapies.  Dr. Tirch is an associate editor of The Journal for Contextual Behavioral Science.


Dr. Tirch regularly conducts Compassion Focused Therapy, ACT, and CBT training workshops for healthcare professionals in the New York area.  He has previously served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Albert Einstein Medical School, and as an instructor to psychiatric residents at New York Medical College.


Dr. Tirch is a New York State licensed psychologist, Diplomate and Fellow of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  He is the founding Past President of the New York City Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).  He also serves as the Communication Committee chairperson for ACBS.  Dr. Tirch is a founding member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association (NYC-CBT), and serves as its Board Member-At-Large, and Chairman of the Technology Committee.  Dr. Tirch serves on the advisory board of the Union Institute and University Center for Mindfulness and Clinical Meditation.  He is also a member of The Advisory Board and Editorial Board of The Society for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation, which is affiliated with the UIUC Mindfulness Center.  Dr. Tirch is a member of the program committee and Mindfulness Special Interest Group for ABCT.


Item No: DTRW
Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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