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**SOLD OUT** 2-Day Self-Compassion & Compassion for Clinicians Continuing Education Seminar by Dr. Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

MHS Education Center
6600 France Avenue S
Suite 230
Edina, MN 55435


Order By Phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071

Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.


13.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work: CEP- 452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2018.CE.112
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 201805.224

Research shows that self-compassion (Germer, 2009; Neff, 2011) and compassion (eds. Seppala et al, 2017) practices reduce depression and anxiety while improving resilience, coping, and life satisfaction. This 2-day continuing education seminar will introduce you to the interpersonal neurobiology of self-compassion and compassion while creating conditions for you to cultivate your own practice too. Clinical concepts explored include: • compassion fatigue/burnout/secondary trauma • risks of dissociation and decompensation in traumatized individuals • Special Populations:: o LGBTQ+ individuals o Adolescents and Families o Diverse/marginalized communities o Trauma • attention, concentration, executive functioning, and resilience • target shame & self-criticism with self-empathy and self-kindness • transference, countertransference, and counterreactions This highly experiential seminar will leave you energized and empowered with new tools and interventions.

Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD


Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD, is a psychologist, educator, and author. She is certified in EMDR, a trauma treatment, as well as a national speaker in self-compassion, mindful awareness, LGBT+ youth, gender, sexuality, assessment, special education, and gifted individuals. She is the president and CEO of The Connect Group; offering innovative professional development seminars in empathy, compassion cultivation, Design Thinking, and self-compassion. Dr. Gray is formerly an instructor of Psychology of Gender in the Departments of Psychology/Women’s Studies at UCLA. She was a forensic expert for the Public Defender of Orange County and conducted evaluations of incarcerated LGBT+ youth. Prior to this, Dr. Gray was supervising psychologist at the largest special education nonprofit organization in the nation. In 2012, she curated and organized TEDxStudioCityED with the theme of Blending Self-Regulation, Technology, and Education. Additionally, she is a contributing author to Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect: On the Lives and Education of Children (Peter Lang, 2015,) where she discussed Educational Trauma and Empathic Education for a Compassionate Nation (EECN.) Along with young people as equal participants, Dr. Gray co-designed EECN to promote co-learning and mitigate Educational Trauma. She is the author of Self-Compassion for Teens  (PESI Publishing & Media, 2016)- as well as the companion card deck Self-Compassion & Mindfulness for Teens (PESI Publishing & Media, 2017); LGBTQ+ Youth (PESI Publishing & Media, 2018); and The Happy Family. Dr. Gray is currently writing Educational Trauma: Examples from Testing to the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019,) the first book to explore the spectrum of Educational Trauma.

8AM- sign in begins

8:30AM- program begins

15 min. mid-morning break

12PM- lunch break

1PM- program resumes

15 min. mid-afternoon break

4:30PM- program concludes/sign- out 

  • Identify the 4 dimensions of self-compassion.
  • Summarize the interpersonal neurobiology of self-compassion and compassion practices and their effects on depression, anxiety, and stress.
  • Use self-compassion and compassion practices to minimize compassion fatigue/burnout/secondary trauma in practitioners and other caregivers.
  • Teach self-compassion strategies to others, safely minimizing risks of dissociation and decompensation in traumatized individuals.
  • Implement self-compassion and compassion tools with cultural competence (ie: LGBTQ+ individuals, adolescents, and diverse/marginalized communities.)
  • Design treatment plans that incorporate developmentally-appropriate mindfulness and self-compassion skills when working with adolescents/families/parents/groups.
  • Communicate how understanding neurological processes can help professionals improve clinical outcomes. (Use meta-cognitive interventions to improve long-term functioning.)
  • Integrate self-compassion, compassion, and mindful awareness practices with other treatment protocols.
  • Facilitate others cultivating self-compassion/compassion practices to increase attention, concentration, executive functioning, and resilience.
  • Acquire practices and interventions that decrease shame, self-criticism, and increase self-kindness instead.
  • Explain the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem.
  • Manage transference, countertransference, and counterreactions with self-compassion and compassion.
  • Interpret and respond to patient symptoms and concerns with self-compassion and compassion for all.
  • Identify the limitations of the research and potential risks associated with introducing self-compassion/compassion/mindful awareness practices with clinical populations (per APA.)
  • Summarize empirical evidence for using self-compassion/compassion/mindful awareness practices as clinical interventions (per APA.)