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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June 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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What an old dog teaches us

For many of us, there is something uniquely vulnerable in our love for our companion animals. These relationships can teach us about love, pain, values, and compassion in ways that are difficult to get from our relationships with other humans sometimes.

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Identifying key relationships or events that have contributed to the person’s current sense of shame, undeservingness, and self-criticism

We have written up some of our thinking to accompany last week’s Tool of the Month - Exploring the Past - Shame and Self-Criticism.

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 can help remove blame and may also help to begin defusion from self-critical “programming.”

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June 2015 Compassion Tool of the Month – Part 1: Exploring the Past – Shame and Self-Criticism

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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May 2015 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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Review of empirical findings on shame, self-compassion, and acceptance and commitment therapy

We have a new paper out in the journal Current Opinion in Psychology about shame, self-criticism, stigma, and compassion in ACT.

Five studies show ACT helps with shame and self-stigma
In this paper, we reviewed the existing research demonstrating that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help with shame and what is called self-stigma, or buying into negative public attitudes related to a certain characteristic (e.g., “I’m a dirty smoker.”) At the time we wrote this paper, there were five studies showing that ACT helps to ease shame and self-stigma. These studies focused on people struggling with substance abuse, obesity, sexuality-related distress and stigma, and stigma related to HIV.

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May 2015 Compassion Tool of the Month - Shame psychoeducation handout

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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