Christopher Germer & Christine Brähler: Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy

Copenhagen 26.09.2017-27.09.2017 Time: 09.00am-4.00pm


Please join leaders in the field, Drs. Chris Germer and Christine Brähler, for a 2-day workshop on bringing wisdom and compassion into therapeutic settings. Chris is a co-developer (along with Kristin Neff) of the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and Christine is a leading expert in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and International Coordinator for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

We will explore the role of wisdom and compassion in psychotherapy, learning both how we can become wiser and more compassionate ourselves as therapists, and how we can help our clients to live more wisely and compassionately themselves.

Responding wisely and compassionately to life’s difficulties involves finding answers to the question: “How can I live my life as fully as possible–with open eyes and an open heart–through all the ups and downs that life has to offer?” Clear seeing of the causes, conditions and adopting a broad perspective (wisdom) and developing good will towards self and others in the face of suffering (compassion) are intricately linked like two wings of a bird.

Neuroscientific research on compassion has highlighted these two aspects as being integral to emotion regulation. Over the past decade new interventions have been developed to explicitly train in self-compassion – to comfort oneself and to see oneself clearly in the midst of shame, despair and intense distressing emotions.

Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with improved emotional, interpersonal and physical wellbeing in the general population. Self-compassion appears to be a core transdiagnostic mechanism of action in psychotherapy and in effective mindfulness training. Clinical studies of compassion-based therapy suggest that it is safe and beneficial to use for a range of psychological disorders.

Adding an explicit focus on compassion to psychotherapy can help vulnerable clients establish a secure base from which to explore and manage the complexities of their lives. In clinical settings, self-compassion can be taught through the therapeutic relationship and by applying individualized and collaboratively-designed interventions and home practices. Clients with high shame, insecure attachment, neglect or abuse often experience significant obstacles and fears, for which they require sensitive individual support.

Participants will learn to:

  • 1
    Define wisdom, compassion and self-compassion
  • 2
    Describe key research that supports the benefits of compassion
  • 3
    Enhance our capacity for wisdom and compassion during challenging moments in psychotherapy
  • 4
    Teach self-compassion to clients through the therapy relationship
  • 5
    Customize self-compassion exercises for specific client groups
  • 6
    Overcome obstacles with traumatized and high-shame clients
  • 7
    Practice wisdom and compassion to alleviate caregiver fatigue

Dr. Christine Brähler:

Doctor of Clinical Psychology PhD
Supervisor in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Teacher Trainer Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Honorary Lecturer (University of Glasgow)
Member of the Board of Directors & Director of International Affairs, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Christopher K. Germer, PhD:

Clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He is a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice”. Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion.

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Target audience: professionals

Islands Brygge Kulturhus “Salen”, Islands Brygge 18, 2300 Copenhagen S.
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Entry fee: 2950 Dkr.

Organizer: Ole Taggaard Nielsen, ACT Klinikken – direct email:

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