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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Wisdom and Compassion in Clinical Practice

Presented by Ronald Siegel, Psy.D.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 – Friday, April 27, 2018  |  Edmonton, ab

!  Important Notice:

Online registration is now CLOSED for this event. You can arrive up to one hour early to register for this event at the door.

Date & Location

Thursday, April 26, 2018 – Friday, April 27, 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm

Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.executivehotels.net/westedmontonhotels/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

What do we look for in a psychotherapist or a professional counsellor? When we’re in emotional pain, the answer probably isn’t academic knowledge, training in a particular approach, nor even life experience. Instead, we likely want someone who’s compassionate (able to relate empathically to suffering, with good will) and wise (has a deep understanding of how to live life well). Indeed, it’s difficult to imagine benefitting from a therapist who is unwise or uncompassionate.

Mindfulness practices were originally designed to alleviate suffering and cultivate well-being by intentionally developing such wisdom and compassion. Yet until recently mental health professionals haven’t tapped this promise. We haven’t explicitly investigated how to cultivate wisdom or compassion in ourselves or our clients.

This workshop will explore new ways in which recent scientific findings and techniques from ancient traditions can be harnessed to tap the true potential of mindfulness – to help our clients and ourselves become wiser, more compassionate and happier human beings.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Day One: Seeing Clearly: Cultivating Wisdom through Mindfulness Practice

Morning Session I

  • Developing the Three Skills of Mindfulness
  • Fitting the Practice to the Person
  • Seeing how Reality is Constructed

Morning Session II

  • What Exactly Is Wisdom?
  • Wisdom and Foolishness
  • Mindfulness as a Path to Wisdom

12:00 Lunch (on your own)

  • Optional Eating Meditation

Afternoon Session I

  • The Wise Psychotherapist
  • Relationship Practices: The Wisdom of Connection
  • Self and No-Self in Psychotherapy

Afternoon Session II

  • Helping Clients to Develop Wise Mind
  • The Neurobiology of Wisdom
  • Wise Discernment: Choosing between Absolute and Relative Truth in Psychotherapy


Day Two: Compassion for Ourselves and Others

Morning Session I

  • What Exactly is Compassion?
  • The Problem with Self Esteem
  • Compassion Practices for Therapists and their Clients

Morning Session II

  • Compassion, Wisdom and Acceptance in Anxiety Treatment
  • Mindfulness and Compassion in Trauma Treatment

13:00 Lunch (on your own)

  • Optional Eating Meditation

Afternoon Session I

  • Compassion and Self Compassion as Treatments for Depression
  • Wisdom and Compassion for Parents and Children

Afternoon Session II

  • The Neurobiology of Compassion
  • Compassion and Wisdom in Action: Awakening through Ethics
  • How to Really Be Happy: Lessons from Science and Ancient Traditions

Learning Objectives

On Day One we’ll start by helping you to understand mindfulness practice theoretically and experientially. Through lecture, demonstrations, participatory exercises, and small group discussion, we will see how mindfulness can enrich and enliven our personal and professional lives, sowing the seeds for wisdom and compassion.

We’ll then explore the role of wisdom in psychotherapy, learning both how we can become wiser ourselves as therapists, and how we can help our clients to live more wisely themselves. We’ll explore the practical applications of modern Western psychological studies of wisdom as well as ancient Eastern traditions.

Day Two we’ll start by exploring the rapidly expanding use of compassion and self-compassion practices in psychotherapy. You’ll learn techniques that you can use to enhance therapeutic presence, as well as methods to help your clients develop deeply accepting, compassionate attitudes toward their own experience.

We’ll then look at how to apply techniques that develop wisdom and compassion to a variety of clinical disorders and populations, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and the challenges of working with children whether in psychotherapy or in other areas like counselling, coaching, social work and in pastoral work. We’ll end by exploring how wisdom and compassion can lead us beyond symptom relief to find pathways to lasting happiness.

Throughout the workshop, we’ll examine contraindications for using various techniques as well as creative ways to deal with obstacles and challenges that arise when working with particular disorders and personalities.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind–body treatment, has worked for many years in community mental health with inner-city children and families, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel lives in Lincoln with his wife and daughters.

Dr. Siegel is author of The Mindfulness Solution, coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain, and coeditor of an acclaimed book for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. He regularly uses the practices in this book to work with his own busy, unruly mind.


“Dr. Siegel’s presentation is one of the best workshops I have attended. He was very informative and entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about mindfulness.”
– Terri D. | Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014

This workshop was extremely interesting and fulfilling. Although I wasn’t familiar with Ron’s work prior to the course, I instantly felt his authenticity and expertise. I have had a contemplative practice for over 20 years and I am so encouraged by the meeting of the spiritual and secular / scientific for contributing to the health and well-being of clients and professionals. With much gratitude for bringing his wisdom to Vancouver!”
– Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014


“Excellent presentation! Enjoyed the mix of theory and practical. Appreciated the stories which brought the theoretical to life. Great overview of mindfulness and I am eager to learn more and apply personally and professionally.”
– Nadine | Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014


Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Body Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.executivehotels.net/westedmontonhotels/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

April 8 – 10, 2018
April 25 – 27, 2018
April 29 – 30, 2018
May 27 – 30, 2018

Standard Room: $129 + tax

Release Date: 2 weeks prior to the start of the workshop

To make a reservation, please refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate codes:

April 8 – 10, 2018 – 1855   
April 25 – 27, 2018 – 1856   
April 29 – 30, 2018  1857
May 27 – 30, 2018 – 1858 

*Please note, room reservations are subject to availability 

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual $399 $419
Group 3-7 $379 $399
Group 8-14 $359 $379
Group 15+ $324 $344
Full-Time Student $324 $344

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Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 24, 2018
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

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