Supervision, Consultation and Group Training

Dr. Tirch and Dr. Silberstein training CFT psychotherapists in Hong Kong, 2014

Dr. Tirch and Dr. Silberstein training CFT psychotherapists in Hong Kong, 2014

Our mission is to provide direct training and consultation to mental health professionals and researchers. Our primary aim is training therapists, allied health workers, and organizational leaders in compassion focused approaches to their work. We draw heavily on the techniques and principles of CFT, and work with the Compassionate Mind Foundation to develop our approach.

In addition to CFT, we can provide training in Compassion Focused ACT, CBT and a range of evidence based processes and procedures involving mindfulness, acceptance and compassion in the service of better addressing the question of human suffering. 

Group  trainings take place in the context of weekend workshops and online group consultation meetings. We conduct 2 to 4 online group trainings per year to a limited group of participants who have some background in the applied science, and who have a commitment to compassion focused work. We run 2 ongoing groups for more advanced practitioners who are based internationally. 

Dr. Tirch discussing the skills involved in Compassionate Mind Training with the University of Hong Kong faculty, 2014

Dr. Tirch discussing the skills involved in Compassionate Mind Training with the University of Hong Kong faculty, 2014

Our weekend workshops, and those run by our colleagues, can be found in the "events" section of this site. These workshops provide experiential training in the therapy methods that we use. Workshops are available that are tailored to the needs of local organizations, and involve training in CFT, compassion focused ACT, or other forms of CBT, upon request. We deliver workshops locally or internationally. Additionally we host international experts on compassion to conduct workshops through our Center, and have been honored to host such experts as Dr. Kristin Neff, Dr. Paul Gilbert, Dr. Chris Germer, and Dr. Chris Irons. Please explore our events page for upcoming training opportunities.

Dr. Chris Irons presenting on CFT at The Wayfarer in NYC, 2015

Dr. Chris Irons presenting on CFT at The Wayfarer in NYC, 2015

Additionally, a path of mindful compassion is a personal path of growth and discovery. Anyone who wishes to pursue this training would be advised to be prepared for personal work, and for learning these training methods from the inside out.

A limited number of individual trainees work with us in individual supervision and consultation. Depending upon the circumstances, such meetings occur in person in New York, or by Skype and telephone. This training process involves the discussion of cases, experiential work, meditation training, and working through didactic material on behavioral learning principles, the science of mindful compassion, contextual behavioral science and the basics of a compassion focused contextual behavioral approach.

Dr. Silberstein with our friend, ACT expert trainer, Dr. Louise Hayes at the Berlin ACBS conference, 2015

Dr. Silberstein with our friend, ACT expert trainer, Dr. Louise Hayes at the Berlin ACBS conference, 2015

If you are interested in such training, please contact me at compassion focused@gmail.com or 845-664-1498. We can discuss your training needs and collaborate as to what the next steps forward in your training journey might be.

Sending Compassionate Wishes, 

L. Silberstein & D. Tirch