Embodied Compassion: Integrating CFT and Martial Arts to entrain therapist

Fri Sep 09 2022 at 09:30 am to Sat Sep 10 2022 at 04:30 pm UTC+01:00

Future Inn Bristol Cabot Circus | Bristol

The Compassionate Mind Foundation
Publisher/HostThe Compassionate Mind Foundation
Embodied Compassion: Integrating CFT and Martial Arts to entrain therapist
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This is a two days workshop which will be held in Bristol.
About this Event

This workshop will be 14 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop via email. Handouts will be sent via email so please bring your own copy to the workshop. There will be a formal registration sign-in sheet at the venue and the trainers will be there from 9.00am onwards on both days.

Workshop timings

Both days: 9.30am - 4.30pm (registration from 9.00am);

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Venue: Future Inn Bristol, Cabot Circus, Bond Street, Bristol, BS1 3EN

Embodied Compassion: Integrating CFT and Martial Arts to entrain therapist courage

Psychotherapeutic encounters inevitably entail moments and episodes of disaffiliation, ruptures and conflict. These events can pose significant challenges and threats to both client and therapist, that can undermine/derail the therapeutic alliance and subsequent compassionate growth. Resolving and repairing such ruptures requires therapists to tolerate not only their clients' but also their own distress, to better afford the courage and wisdom to respond compassionately.

This two-day experiential workshop will expose participants to martial arts-inspired CFT skills and practices to further help develop their distress tolerance and compassionate resilience, so as to stay fully present and emotionally available in difficult therapeutic encounters. Through a broad range of martial arts exercises, clinicians/practitioners shall experience and further develop their skills in the following:

  • Maintaining balance, stability, flexibility and compassionate responsiveness across emotional states;
  • Deep distress tolerance in being with strong (threat-based) emotions;
  • How to rapidly and fluidly switch between motivational systems to stay affiliatively engaged during moments of high emotional and relational threat;
  • Dynamically responding to fears, blocks and resistances to compassion by redirecting energy flow;
  • The courage to persist and take action in the face of challenges and threats.

This workshop does not require participants to have any previous experience or established practice in Martial Arts. Participants will need to have a basic understanding of the CFT model and therapy process(es), particularly the two psychologies of and the flow(s) of compassion.

Workshop Outline

Day 1

Morning Session:

  • Overview of rupture-repair processes in psychotherapy
  • Overview of Martial Arts as Radically Embodied Compassion training, parallels and complementarity with CFT and relevance/applicability to compassionate psychotherapeutic processes
  • Preliminary REC practices – static stance, breathwork and salutes as pre-session centering practices

Afternoon Session:

  • Introduction to Compassionate Maai concepts and experiential practices – dynamic therapeutic distancing, embodied attunement/mirroring, synchrony vs. asynchrony
  • Exploring and playfully experimenting with compassionate power – kihap/kiai exercises

Day 2

Morning Session:

  • Advanced REC practices – in-session practices to facilitate rupture-repair, dynamically working with FBRs

Afternoon Session:

  • Post-session psychophysiological recovery
  • Distress Tolerance Imagery Training and Rescripting
  • Badge-giving ritual

Learning objectives

  1. How Radically Embodied Compassion training can helpfully influence and shape CFT work via a process of somatic metamorphism
  2. How to use embodied practices of martial arts as a form of Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) to stimulate the physiological processes associated with and underpinning compassionate motivation, and thus enhance competencies in compassionate engagement and action
  3. How martial arts-informed Radically Embodied Compassion training can increase CFT practitioners’ motivational monitoring and switching abilities, particularly in difficult therapeutic encounters.

Following this workshop participants are entitled to apply to join the compassion discussion list which is an international list for individuals who are committed to compassion focused therapy. It is not a general list of compassion interests.

Training Modalities

Predominantly experiential, but also incorporating PowerPoint, video, role-play.

Useful Reading

Clapton, N., & Hiskey, S. (in press). Radically Embodied Compassion Training: Cultivating psychotherapist courage, distress tolerance and compassionate responsiveness via traditional Martial Arts.

Clapton, N., & Hiskey, S. (2020). Radically Embodied Compassion: The Potential Role of Traditional Martial Arts in Compassion Cultivation. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.

Hiskey, Syd & Clapton, Neil (2019). The martial arts and embodied distress tolerance in psychological therapy. International Journal of Martial Arts, Volume 5, Article 4.

Foster, D. (2015). Fighters who don’t fight: The case of aikido and somatic metaphorism. Qualitative Sociology, 38(2), 165-183.

Faggianelli, Patrick & Lukoff, David (2006). Aikido and psychotherapy: A study of psychotherapists who are Aikido practitioners. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 38(2), 159.

Workshop Leaders

Dr Neil Clapton is a Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS within secondary adult mental health services in Swindon. His clinical work involves providing Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to people experiencing complex trauma, personality and attachment difficulties. Neil spent much of his early-middle childhood and early adolescence practising the martial art of Taekwondo, culminating in him being awarded a 1st-degree Black Belt at the age of 13. He is the co-founder of Fierce Compassion Martial Arts (www.fiercecompassionmartialarts.com).

Dr Syd Hiskey is a consultant clinical psychologist in full-time independent practice. He has practised a wide range of martial arts including Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu and hybrid defence and more recently urban combatives. He is the co-founder of Fierce Compassion Martial Arts (www.fiercecompassionmartialarts.com).



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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Future Inn Bristol Cabot Circus, Bond Street, Bristol, United Kingdom

Tickets

GBP 245.00 to GBP 325.00

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