Easing the Wounded Heart: Self-Compassion in Healing Trauma & Insecure Attachment

Friday, June 14, 2019
The Crestview Country Club 
Agawam, MA
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
6 CE Contact Hours

Deirdre Fay, LICSW
Course Description

Suffering disconnects people from their capacity for self-compassion. Yet rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is an antidote for pain, easing body/mind suffering  and building a foundation for wisdom, strength and courage.  For the clinician who works with those who suffer, self-compassion forms a bridge between attachment theory and traditional meditation and helps clients to be with the pain of life without disconnecting or dissociating. This experiential workshop will explore the seven fundamental attachment needs to buffer shame, self-criticism, isolation, and negative self-talk when things go wrong. 

Learning Objectives - at the end of this workshops, participants will be able to:   
  1. Identify two practices that clinicians can employ to embody self-compassion
  2. Summarize the three key components of self-compassion
  3. Explain how self-compassion helps clinicians embody mindfulness when confronted with challenging situations
  4. Discuss the science of self-compassion in psychotherapy
  5. Create a self-compassion practice to ease self-criticism
  6. Explain how self-compassion is linked to greater personal initiative and motivation for change
  7. Utilize self-compassion to increase client’s internal locus of control.
Deirdre Fay, LICSW, has decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga, and meditation.  Having meditated since the 70s and lived in a yoga ashram for six years in the 80s and 90s,  Ms. Fay brings a unique perspective to being in the body.  In the 90s, Deirdre was asked to teach yoga and meditation to those in the dissociative unit at McLean Hospital.  She  learned, collected, and practiced skill sets in trauma treatment (as a supervisor under the guidance of Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center), attachment theory (13 years of training with Daniel Brown), and body therapy (as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy). She now teaches an integrative approach which Christopher Germer, PhD, calls “a radically positive approach to healing trauma”.  Ms. Fay founded the Becoming Safely Embodied skills groups and is the author of Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery, Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual, and co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults as well as chapters in Neurobiological Treatments of Traumatic Dissociation

Schedule and Course Outline
Friday,June 14, 2019
The Crestview Country Club, Agawam, Massachusetts

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Coffee
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Introduction to the material
  • Embodiment practice
  • Research in self-compassion
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break & Refreshments
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Developmental task of adult is different than child
Overview of the 7 Attachment Needs
Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Development
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch at the Crestview, included with your registration
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Theory of Constructed Emotions
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break and Refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Taking this into your practice
           Simple practice to cultivate Self compassion
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Questions and Answers