Compassion, Flexibility and Courage

Psychological flexibility is the capacity to accept difficult and painful experiences as part of a rich and meaningful life. A growing body of research suggests that becoming more psychologically flexible helps people get unstuck, deal with stress and improve their well-being.  This research also demonstrates the value of psychological flexibility as an important component in desirable therapy outcomes.  This concept is at the core of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’s (ACT) model of health.

Dennis Tirch, Ph.D, will speak about these different areas of investigation to help us understand the significance of cultivating flexibility and compassion as critical skills for a meaningful life. Drawing upon work in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and affective neuroscience, we will examine a model of compassionate flexibility and review usable, evidence-based practices. Though the use of discussion, clinical examples and an experiential exercise, this talk will deepen our understanding of the relationships among compassion, flexibility and courage.

Dennis Tirch, Ph.D, is the Director of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, President of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and Associate Clinical Professor at the Ichan School of Medicine Mt. Sinai Hospital. Dr. Tirch is the author of The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Compassion.

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuition: Free for alumni in good standing, $15 for students, $30 for guests
CE Contact Hours: 2


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