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Self-Compassion & Compassion for Clinicians

Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Ave S
Suite #230
Edina, MN 55435

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6.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work Log Number: CEP-452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2018.CE.297
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 201912.432

Order online or by phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071

Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

Course Description:

Research shows that self-compassion and compassion practices reduce depression and anxiety while improving resilience, coping, and life satisfaction. This day-long continuing education seminar will introduce you to the interpersonal neurobiology of self-compassion while creating conditions for you to cultivate your own practice too. This highly experiential seminar will leave you feeling energized and empowered with new tools and interventions. Dr. Gray offers a truly unique program grounded in direct experience with instructions for translating the material into effective clinical practice.

About the Presenter:


Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD, is a psychologist, educator, and author. She is certified in EMDR, a trauma treatment, as well as a being a national speaker on self-compassion, mindful awareness, LGBT+ youth, gender and sexuality, assessment services, and special education and gifted individuals. She is the president and CEO of The Connect Group. The Connect Group offers innovative professional development seminars on empathy, compassion cultivation, Design Thinking, and self-compassion.

Dr. Gray is a former instructor of Psychology of Gender in the Department of Psychology and Department of 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 where she discussed education trauma and empathetic education. 

She is the author of Self-Compassion for Teens (2016).  Dr. Gray’s forthcoming book on Educational Trauma: Examples from Testing to the School-to-Prison Pipeline (release date: 2019) is the first book to explore the spectrum of Educational Trauma.


8AM- Registration opens

8:30AM- Program begins

15 minute mid-morning break

12PM- Lunch (on your own)

1PM- Program resumes

15 minute mid-afternoon break

4PM- Program ends

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the 4 dimensions of self-compassion.
2. Summarize the interpersonal neurobiology of self-compassion and compassion practices as well as their effects on depression, anxiety, and stress.
3. Use self-compassion and compassion practices to minimize compassion fatigue/burnout/secondary trauma as a practitioner.
4. Teach self-compassion strategies to others, safely minimizing risks of dissociation and decompensation in traumatized individuals.
5. Implement self-compassion and compassion tools with cultural competence (i.e., LGBTQ+ individuals, adolescents, and diverse/marginalized communities).
6. Design treatment plans that incorporate developmentally-appropriate mindfulness and self-compassion skills when working with adolescents/families/parents/groups.
7. Integrate self-compassion, compassion, and mindful awareness practices with other treatment protocols.
8. Facilitate others cultivating self-compassion/compassion practices to increase attention, concentration, executive functioning, and resilience.
9. Acquire practices and interventions that decrease shame, self-criticism, and increase self-kindness.
10. Explain the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem.
11. Manage transference, countertransference, and counterreactions with self-compassion and compassion.
12. Identify the limitations of the research and potential risks associated with introducing self-compassion/compassion/mindful awareness practices with clinical populations (per APA).
13. Summarize empirical evidence for using self-compassion/compassion/mindful awareness practices as clinical interventions (per APA).