Workshop 19 – Ron Siegel, PsyD – Wisdom & Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice
What do we look for in a psychotherapist? When we are in pain, the answer probably isn’t academic knowledge or training. Rather, we hope that our therapist will be wise—have a deep understanding of how to live life—and compassionate—able to supportively enter into our suffering with us. This workshop will explore how wisdom and compassion can be cultivated in therapy, for both the therapist and the client. We’ll explore how to foster psychological insight, spiritual awakening, self-knowledge, cognitive flexibility, empathy, and caring action. We’ll see how to use mindfulness practice to become wiser and more compassionate ourselves, and in the process enhance our therapeutic relationships, prevent burnout, and deal skillfully with seemingly impossible situations.
- Describe the core components of wisdom and how it can be developed in psychotherapy.
- Identify various dimensions of compassion and understand how it can be cultivated in therapeutic relationships.
- Describe ways to help clients cultivate wisdom and compassion in their lives.