September 2015 Shame and Self-Compassion Research Update

Every month, we scour the scientific literature for interesting studies that have practical implications for therapists working with shame, self-criticism, or compassion. Below are a few of our favorites for this month:

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The Monument Quilt Project - A public healing space that may help increase compassion for survivors of sexual trauma

A few weeks ago, a client of mine expressed frustration that there are no public child abuse memorials. She asked, “Why are there war memorials, AIDS quilts, breast cancer ribbons, but nothing for child abuse?” Her question echoed a statement by Judith Herman in her book Trauma and Recovery from the early 1990s. Herman states, “The most common trauma of women remains confined to the sphere of private life, without formal recognition or restitution from the community. There is no public monument for rape survivors.” Although Herman focuses on sexual assault of women and my client was focusing on child abuse, both point to the common theme of the lack of public recognition of relational trauma.

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September 2015 Compassion Tool of the Month – Meditations to open the heart from Tara Brach

Each month we highlight some practical resources for therapists interested in compassion. We don’t go into great depth about what we find, but encourage you to check them out if you think they’re interesting.

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August 2015 Shame and Self-compassion Research Update

Every month, we scour the scientific literature for interesting studies that have practical implications for therapists working with shame, self-criticism, or compassion. Below are a few of our favorites for this month:

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Moving from shame to connection through play

Shame is fundamentally disconnecting. The person feeling shame is often acutely aware of their own perceived flaws and inadequacies, and may misinterpret attempts from others to connect with them. For example, a person feeling shame may interpret another’s warm smile as condescending or ridiculing. Or they may accurately interpret the other person’s caring expression, but be so locked into their own internal experience that they are not able to feel the other person’s warmth or benefit from it.

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August 2015 Compassion Tool of the Month – Effective Use of Self-Disclosure in ACT with Compassion

Each month we highlight some practical resources for therapists interested in compassion. Our aim here is to provide a brief overview and offer you a few resources where you can find out more information if these ideas are of interest to you.

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July 2015 Shame and Self-compassion Research Update

Every month, we scour the scientific literature for interesting studies that have practical implications for therapists working with shame, self-criticism, or compassion. Below are a few of our favorites for this month:

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Case Conceptualization - Identifying key relationships or events that have contributed to the person’s current ability to experience warmth and compassion for themselves

Below is some guidance on case conceptualization using this month’s Tool of the Month - Exploring the Past - Warmth and Compassion.

One of the first steps in case conceptualization with shame-prone and self-critical clients is to assess their relational history with shaming/criticizing and compassionate/caring others. As mentioned in our previous blog post, understanding clients’ relational history of being treated with warmth and compassion can identify resources for self-compassion building work, and identify barriers to self-compassion and to letting warmth in from others.

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July 2015 Compassion Tool of the Month – Part 2: Exploring the Past – Warmth and Compassion

Each month we highlight some practical resources for therapists interested in compassion. We don’t go into great depth about what we find, but encourage you to check them out if you think they’re interesting.

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The Best of ACT with Compassion

ACT with Compassion is turning one year old!

ACTwithcompassion.com is one year old and we decided to celebrate by sharing a short guide to the best material for therapists interested in using compassion in their work.

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