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Monday, May 13th 2019 - Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Easing the Wounded Heart: Self-Compassion as the Foundation for Healing

Deirdre Fay
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House, 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7

Self-compassion sounds like a good thing until we practice applying it. It’s especially difficult when there’s underlying suffering that needs healing. Yet, rapidly expanding research demonstrates how self-compassion provides a way to ease the wounded heart and build a foundation for wisdom, strength and courage.

Cultivating self-compassion is the emotional attitude that buffers suffering. It forms a bridge between attachment theory and traditional meditation, allowing us to be with the pain of life without separation. We will explore the seven fundamental attachment needs that result in shame, self-criticism, isolation and negative self-talk when things go wrong.

Building the courageous mindset of self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to themselves. It’s especially important in psychotherapy to balance out the suffering of life.

This experiential workshop will give you theory and practices to enhance emotional well-being, reduce anxiety and depression, maintain healthy habits and help form better relationships.

You will learn how to —

• Practise embodying self-compassion to teach others and offer it to yourself
• Understand the science of self-compassion
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Practise the art of embodying, receiving, savouring and self-appreciation

About the Presenter:

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, Deirdre 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 in Massachusetts. Having amassed 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), Deirdre now teaches an integrative approach that Chris Germer calls “a radically positive approach to healing trauma”. Deirdre founded the Becoming Safely Embodied skills groups and is the author of Attachment-Based Yoga and Meditation for Trauma Recovery and The Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual, and is co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults.


May 13th

The Three Elements of Self-Compassion 9:00am—10:30am
Break 10:30am—10:45am
Why the Present Moment Makes It Hard to Stay Present 10:45am—12:15pm
Lunch (on your own) 12:15pm—1:30pm
Seven Attachment Needs 1:30pm—2:45pm
Break 2:45pm—2:55pm
Fears of Self-Compassion 2:55pm—4:40pm

May 14th

Cultivating Self-Compassion Through the Stages of Psychosocial Development 9:00am—10:30am
Break 10:30am—10:45am
Learn the S.O.R.T. Blueprint for Self-Compassion Practice 10:45am—12:15pm
Lunch (on your own) 12:15pm—1:30pm
Body Based Approaches to Reducing Self-Criticism 1:30pm—2:45pm
Break 2:45pm—2:55pm
Cultivating Trust as an Antidote to Shame 2:55pm—4:40pm


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