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Compassion Training: What Practice? For Whom? By Whom? How Long? & How to Develop Competence? Virtual CE Journal Club

  • 01/25/2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • Includes 1 CE Credit
  • Includes 1 CE Credit

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This lunchtime (EST) journal club is the first of PBTA's 2024 series intended to offer participants a direct experience of brief guided secular meditation practices along with a sampling of the associated evidence base. These practices will be guided by a variety of vetted and experienced teachers. Each training will require attendees to read a scientific journal article describing some of the evidence-base behind the practice.  We start off the year with an opening "Three-Step Breathing Practice": This is a formal Mindfulness-Based Practice, from MBCT, MBSR, & it's many adaptations, that is foundational for most evidence-based compassion programs. We will survey the many compassion-based programs for which guided and formal mindfulness training serves as the foundation (see required journal article). Attendees will then be guided in one of the protocol practices from Cognitively-Based Compassion Therapy (CBCT) that Lama Tsering Ngodup offered to veterans in his role as a protocol therapist. Attendees will then have an opportunity to learn about resources for developing competency to offer CBCT and related compassion-based practices to their clients or ways to discern appropriate referral options to trained practitioners.

Future journal clubs in this series will offer other experiential evidence-based practices including the Responsive 3-Step Practice meant to be implemented during times of difficulty in contrast to the Regular 3-Step Practice which is meant to be practiced at scheduled times regardless of current state of emotion.

Required Reading (click on citation to download)

Kirby, J. N. (2017). Compassion interventions: The programmes, the evidence, and implications for research and practice. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 90(3), 432-455.

CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

Describe three elements of the compassion construct.

Observe the elements of a formal evidence-based compassion practice from Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT) in the role of a participant-practitioner.

Describe two of the populations for which CBCT has an evidence-base.

Describe two specific challenges often encountered by clients in implementing CBCT.

ZOOM LINK SENT 48-Hours before & morning of the event to all without balance due.


Tsering Ngodup Yodsampa, Certified CBCT Teacher

Presently most of Tsering’s time is dedicated to Buddhist chaplaincy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, as a spiritual counselor and meditation instructor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Bedford, Ma., and as a Field Education Supervisor to chaplaincy interns from the Harvard Divinity School Cambridge, Ma. Tsering provides support to patients and staff using a secular approach of the Indo-Tibetan tradition of mind training (lojong), a convergence of science and spirituality termed Cognitively Based Compassion Training. (CBCT). Tsering is the spiritual director and founder of Bodhi Tree Institute, where a group of dedicated students study and practice Dharma at bimonthly meetings.

For more about Tsering Ngodup Yodsampa & his contributions as a protocol therapist at the VA and in other contexts delivering CBCT visit: & scroll to Tsering Ngodup

Chris Molnar, Ph.D., obtained her Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology from The Pennsylvania State University. Her post-doctoral fellowship training was in traumatic stress and functional neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is President of the Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety and Psychological Wellness Center, Inc. (META Center). At META Center, she integrates Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) with other forms of psychotherapy. She teachers MBCT and also offers the foundational training for practitioners who want to implement it with people experiencing Anxiety & Related Disorders such as PTSD, OCD, Depression and other conditions. Her work is guided by ongoing developments in functional neuroscience, emotion and motivation, and other areas of inquiry into how humans learn optimally to maintain and apply healthy habits during states of threat and challenge. Before founding META Center in 2007, Dr. Molnar worked as a clinical investigator supported by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies. For a full list of credentials, scientific contributions, popular press articles, and select professional presentations visit Resources tab.

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure and with some clinical experience. The instructional level of this presentation is intermediate.

Note: This workshop does not require attendees to have a formal mindfulness practice but some experience with a personal mindfulness or related wisdom or contemplative practice will be useful.

Continuing Education

  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This program provides one (1) hour of CE credits.
  • PBTA is also an authorized provider of CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Full attendance with video display is required to obtain CE credit for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.

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