Our capacity to extend compassion is closely connected to our ability to receive compassion. To put it another way, our ability to “see others” is intimately connected to our ability to “be seen.” These capacities can be impeded or obstructed by fears of being vulnerable, strong feelings of self-loathing or dislike, and also by fears of our own feelings. This workshop will present original data related to these fears and their implication for well being and also offer methods for working with these fears, resistances, and blocks to compassion drawn from Innate Compassion Training (ICT), developed by John Makransky, and also Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), developed by Paul Gilbert.

Brooke D. Lavelle, PhD

Courage of Care Coalition

Convening Faculty, Grantee

Brooke D. Lavelle, PhD, is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating the co-creation of a more just, compassionate world. Together with her … MORE

Yotam Heineberg, PsyD

Gronowski Center, Palo Alto University

Yotam Heineberg, PsyD, earned his doctorate at the PGSP-Stanford consortium at Palo Alto University. His research focused on the cycle ofviolence, trauma, and aggression, which led him to seek out … MORE