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Empowering CBT Interventions with Mindful Compassion with Dennis Tirch, Ph.D.

  • NYC Seminar and Conference Center 46 West 24th Street, 5th floor New York, NY 10010 (map)

Empowering CBT Interventions with Mindful Compassion


Dennis Tirch, Ph.D.

Director, The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy
President, The Compassionate Mind Foundation

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 
Registration: 6:30-7:00pm
Speaker Presentation: 7:00-8:00pm
Q&A: 8:00-8:30pm
NYC Seminar and Conference Center
46 West 24th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10010
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Topic Description:
The cultivation of mindfulness, acceptance and compassion is one of the primary aims of third generation behavior therapies, like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Research has repeatedly demonstrated the value of these life changing processes as active variables in psychotherapy. Drawing upon work in ACT, CFT, Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and affective neuroscience, we will examine a model of mindful compassion, with a review of evidence based processes. This talk will provide direct instruction in imagery, meditation and intervention methods that cultivate these central qualities. This discussion will also illustrate how mindful compassion can be related to our evolved capacity for cooperation and parental care. We will explore how the neurophysiology and functional dimensions of attachment dynamics are related to adaptive response flexibility, and consider both the treatment implications and scientific questions generated by an understanding of compassion. Through this discussion, we will deepen our understanding of the relationships among compassion, flexibility and courage. 

1. Participants will learn, and be able to teach, a scientific model of mindfulness, acceptance and compassion
2. Participants will be able to practice and facilitate compassion focused imagery and meditative practices
3. Participants will be able to draw upon the substantial scientific literature supporting mindfulness and compassion focused interventions
Speaker Bio:
NYC-CBT Past President and Founding Fellow, Dr. Dennis Tirch is an internationally known expert on CFT, ACT and Buddhist Psychology. Dr. Tirch is the founder and Director of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy; President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation; and serves on the faculty of Icahn Medical School at Mt. Sinai. Dr. Tirch is an author of 6 books, and numerous chapters and peer reviewed articles, concerning compassion, mindfulness and acceptance in psychotherapy. He has also served on the faculty of Cornell Weill Medical College and Albert Einstein Medical School. Dr. Tirch served as the Associate Director of The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Tirch regularly conducts Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trainings, consultation & workshops globally, training hundreds of people each year in advanced applications of evidence based therapy. Dr. Tirch is a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS); a Diplomate, Fellow & Certified Consultant & Trainer for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and Founding President Emeritus of The New York City Chapter of ACBS. Dr. Tirch is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Contextual Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Tirch’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets from the Wall Street Journal to NPR.