Embark on a Compassionate Journey: Join This Live Online Workshop to Enhance Self-Care and Support Trauma-Impacted Clients.

Workshop Details
Presenter(s): Dr. Kristin Neff
Dr. Janina Fisher
Date: November 2-3, 2023 (Thursday-Friday)
Start Time: 9:00am MST (8:00am PT, 10:00am CT, 11:00am ET)
Format(s): Live Remote (Via Zoom)
CE Credits Up to 12 CE Credits/Contact Hours

  • National Board of Certified Counselors
  • Ohio Psychological Association (OPA-MCE)
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • NASW – New Jersey
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About this Program

Join renowned experts, Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Janina Fisher for a special 2-Day Live Online Workshop. Gain valuable insights into the crucial role of self-compassion for therapists to reduce burnout, maintain balance in difficult situations with clients, discover mindfulness-based techniques to address clients’ trauma-related issues, and learn how to meet their resistant parts with empathy.

In the morning sessions, Dr. Neff will guide participants in exploring self-compassion for therapists, offering practical strategies to prevent burnout and maintain balance in professional clinical contexts. In the afternoon sessions, Dr. Fisher will delve into trauma and self-alienation, exploring the impact of trauma-related fragmentation and providing tools to cultivate compassion towards traumatized parts.

Target Audience

Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Hospital Care Givers, and Mental Health Professionals


Learning Objectives


Self-Compassion for Therapists: Caring for others without losing yourself

dr-kristin-neff-self-compassion-co-creator-author-associate-preofessor-live-ce-trainingLed by Dr. Kristin Neff

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a close friend we cared about. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease. This workshop will present theory and research on the crucial role that self-compassion plays for therapists to reduce burnout. A variety of practices will be taught that can help individuals maintain balance in difficult situations with clients. We will also reconnect with our core values as professional caregivers.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the components and main benefits of self-compassion
  2. Distinguish between empathy fatigue and compassion fatigue
  3. Identity the link between self-compassion, stress, and burnout
  4. Apply self-compassion in professional caregiving contexts



Self-Compassion for Clients: Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment

dr-janina-fisher-live-ce-training-trauma-informed-treatment-author-trainerLed by Dr. Janina Fisher

Clients may get stuck with their traumatized parts because these parts hold unresolved emotions and beliefs that have not been processed or integrated. These parts can be activated in the present moment, causing distress, impulsivity, and interfering with daily functioning. Additionally, clients may struggle with self-compassion and may have developed phobias or resistance towards certain aspects of themselves related to the trauma. Dr. Fisher’s approach focuses on understanding and working with these traumatized parts, helping clients develop compassion and empathy towards themselves to experience healing and growth, allowing them to move forward.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the concept of fragmentation in trauma and its impact on survival.
  2. Differentiate and recognize distress and impulsivity as manifestations of traumatized parts.
  3. Apply mindfulness-based awareness techniques to gain insight into trauma-related parts and their impact.
  4. Recognize the significance of repetition and consistency in healing and integrating traumatized parts.
  5. Cultivate curiosity and interest as tools to enhance self-compassion and combat self-rejection and trauma-related phobias.
  6. Develop strategies to approach and meet hostile and resistant parts with compassion and empathy.



Program Schedule (Times MST)

The Zoom Meeting will open at 8:30 AM Mountain Time each day. (7:30am PT, 10:30am CT, 11:30am ET)
The training will commence 30 minutes later.

Day 1 – Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023

Morning Session – Dr. Kristin Neff
9:00 am MST
(8:00am PT
11:00am ET)
Intro: Orientation to workshop
Practice: Is my caring for self and others balanced?
Breakout Groups
Topic: Self-Compassion theory and research
10:30 am 15 Minute Break
10:45 am Practice: Supportive Touch
Practice: Self-Compassion Break
Topic: Self-compassion and burnout
Practice: Compassion with Equanimity
12:15 pm Break for Lunch
Afternoon Session – Dr. Janina Fisher
1:30 pm Intro: Orientation to workshop
Topic: Trauma and self-alienation
The role of fragmentation in survival
Understanding distress and impulsivity as traumatized parts
3:00 pm 15 Minute Break
3:15 pm Topic: Cultivating interest and curiosity to combat self-rejection
Mindfulness-based awareness of trauma-related parts
The Role of repetition and consistency
Meeting hostile and resistant parts with compassion
5:00 pm End Session

Day 2 – Friday, Nov. 3, 2023

Morning Session – Dr. Kristin Neff
9:00 am MST
(8:00am PT
11:00am ET)
Opening meditation
Practice: Soles of Feet
Topic: Self-Compassion, Resistance, and Emotional Resilience
Practice: Working with Difficult Emotions
10:30 am 15 Minute Break
10:45 am Core values as therapists
Practice: Living in accord with my values
Breakout group
Making a vow
12:15 pm Break for Lunch
Afternoon Session – Dr. Janina Fisher
1:30 pm Topic: Trauma-related phobias of self-compassion
Blending with trauma-related parts
Mindfulness and unblending
Increasing self-empathy
3:00 pm 15 Minute Break
3:15 pm Topic: Using the mind to heal the brain: visualization and imagination
Cultivating internal attachment relationships
Providing reparative experiences for the wounded parts
‘Selves’-compassion and healing
5:00 pm End Session


About the Presenters


Dr. Kristin Neff

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology Dept., University of Texas at Austin

Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion more than twenty years ago. She has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in psychology worldwide. She is author of the bestselling book Self-Compassion and her latest book is Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive. Along with her colleague Chris Germer, she developed the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion program and founded the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. They co-wrote the best-selling The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.  For more info go to self-compassion.org.



Dr. Janina Fisher

Licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Janina Fisher, is an international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation. Dr. Fisher is the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022). She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment. More information can be found on her website: janinafisher.com.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education & Course Completion Requirements

Please note that while we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding continuing education (CE) approvals, you, as a participant in this program, are responsible for verifying specific needs for your license. Requirements and instructions may vary depending on the accrediting bodies, professional organizations affiliated with your license, and each state’s licensing board. We try to align our workshops with relevant guidelines and standards issued by approved professional organizations listed below. However, confirming that the content and CE hours offered by our workshops meet the specific criteria set forth by your licensing board or organization is advisable. While these are general guidelines, 

  1. Attendance and Completion: Attendees must participate in the entire workshop to be eligible for CE hours. No partial credit will be given. This includes timely arrival to each session and staying for the entire duration the workshop/training sessions.
  2. Verification of Attendance: You are required to follow a sign-in and sign-out process to verify attendance. Instructions will be given to your for your program. 
  3. Evaluation and Feedback: Attendees must complete an evaluation form or survey at the end of the workshop not later than 7 days after the program.
  4. Professional Responsibility: Attendees determine whether the workshop aligns with their professional development needs and whether the content applies to their practice. It is important to emphasize that the completion certificate does not imply endorsement or certification of any specific technique, intervention, or approach.
  5. Course Certificate: There is no additional charge to receive a PDF completion certificate for this training. Attendees will select to receive one certificate from an associate that approved this program or one general certificate of completion. The evaluation form on the last day of the training will allow you to designate the association, your full name and your license number as it should appear on your certificate.

Check back on this page as more CE information and approvals may be added leading up to the program.

NBCC –Suncrest Counseling P.C. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7258. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Suncrest Counseling P.C. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. ACEP No. 7258 12 CE Hours
Social Workers
NASW – This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886691963-1558) for 12 continuing education contact hours. 886691963-1558 12 CE Contact Hours
NASW-NJ – This course, 2-Day Self Compassion Workshop, Approval #202381123-8, provided by Suncrest Counseling is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Friday, August 11, 2023 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 12 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course. 202381123-8 12 CE Credits
OPA-MCE – Suncrest Counseling is an Ohio Psychological Association – Mandatory Continuing Education Approved Provider. 562578009 up to 12 CE Credits
Marriage & Family Therapist
UAMFT – This program is approved by the Utah Association of Marriage & Family Therapy Approval 9/18/23 up to 12 CE Credits
Completion Certificate
If your association is not listed, Suncrest can provide a certificate of completion for this workshop for participants who completed the full workshop, attended each session, and also completed the evaluation survey within 7 days of the training. Certificate will be for 12 CE Hours