Events & Workshops

UCRH Workshops

All events and workshops are listed in our calendar. You will find information on dates, times and booking details for all our upcoming workshops and events.

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Innovators + Change Makers. Inspiring Women in Health @ UCRH Lecture Theatre
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

In Conversation with Emma Walke, Kylie Everman and Susan Nancarrow.

Hosted by Alex Grantham.

An evening of wine + dinner, aspiring workshop, inspiring conversations, networking with local women

A Lismore Women’s Festival Event 2017.

View flyer here

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Buddhist Psychology, Compassion Focused Therapy, and ACT: The core elements @ Victoria Park Golf Complex
Apr 20 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Workshop presenter – Dennis Tirch

How can the science of mindful compassion inform our approach as ACT (or CBT) practitioners? Can it enhance and expand our clinical work? How do Buddhist Psychology and the science of compassion converge to reveal a path of courage, kindness and empowerment?

This two-day clinical/experiential workshop is specifically designed to help ACT and CBT practitioners deepen their understanding and practice of compassion focused treatment of psychological suffering.

Full details can be found here


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Experiencing Compassion – focused ACT @ Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day

Workshop presenter: Dennis Tirch

Compassion. We all know it’s an important part of therapy relationship.  But recent advances in psychological research, theory and practice have suggested that compassion may be one of the most important processes in psychotherapeutic effectiveness.

How can we develop our own capacity to harness compassion in psychotherapy and daily life? Research increasingly shows that if therapists want to deepen their understanding of a therapy and develop a more nuanced set of skills as therapists, then experiencing that therapy ‘from the inside out’ is one of the best ways to do so.

Experiencing from the Inside Out also affords therapists the opportunity to make changes that may be of personal as well as professional benefit.

Further details can be found here

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Mindful Self-Compassion Skills: A 5 day Self-Experiential Training @ Byron Bay Community & Cultural Centre
Jun 5 – Jun 9 all-day

Workshop presenters: James Bennett-Levy and Tina Gibson

The Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Program, designed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, has rapidly gained acceptance internationally as a profound way to learn to cultivate the skills of self-compassion – for therapists and community members alike. MSC is an empirically validated program, which can be offered as a 5 day intensive or an 8 week/3 hr week program.

Our Byron workshop is the 5-day intensive version. It will be co-taught by James Bennett-Levy and Tina Gibson. Both Tina and James are experienced Australian MSC teachers, who time and again have witnessed the – at times revolutionary – value of MSC for the wellbeing of workshop participants. James and Tina combined successfully to teach the program in South Australia in 2016, and are now offering it in Byron in 2017. Click here for a summary of some of the feedback from South Australia.

MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding. Christopher Germer, one of the designers of this program, notes “Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing – being aware in the present moment when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions – fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt – in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.”

MSC is through and through a self-experiential program. Learning the skills of self-compassion from the inside out. As a springboard to learning to treat oneself with warmth and kindness rather than harshness and self-criticism, there are few more powerful programs than MSC. While there are clear implications of the program for work with clients for therapists to reflect on, MSC is focused fairly and squarely on oneself.

Further details can be found here

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