You want to have evidence-informed and ethically-sensitive conversations with clients about how self-compassion practices could improve their recovery and treatment outcomes.
You hope to gain the ability to introduce and share self-compassion practices with clients through the use of free online resources.
You wish to make appropriate recommendations for clients who want to integrate self-compassion practices into their treatments.
You aspire to know when it is appropriate to integrate self-compassion into a client's therapy as opposed to making a referral to a meditation teacher.
“Self-compassion entails being kind and understanding toward oneself in instances of pain or failure rather than being harshly self-critical; perceiving one’s experiences as part of the larger human experience rather than seeing them as isolating; holding painful thoughts and feelings in mindful awareness rather than over-identifying with them.”
- Kirstin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher on self-compassion.
Self-Compassion I: Spiritual and Psychological Roots
This course explores the roots of self-compassion in both Buddhism and Western Psychology.
Self-Compassion II: The Pioneers
This course describes the work of four pioneers who have brought the study and practice of self-compassion to the field of psychology.
Self-Compassion III: The Research
This course provides an overview of basic and clinical research on self-compassion.
Self-Compassion IV: Cultivating Self-Compassion in Your Own Life and Using Self-Compassion with Clients
This course provides the opportunity for clinicians to develop their own capacity for self-compassion as a necessary prerequisite for using it as a clinical intervention with clients.
David Lukoff, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and co-author of the DSM IV and DSM 5 diagnostic category Religious or Spiritual Problem which increased awareness of spiritual issues in clinical practice. He has published over 80 articles on spirituality and mental health, many in peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of Humanistic Psychology Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Psychiatric Annals, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Spirituality in Clinical Practice.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author, consultant, and public speaker. She is Executive Director of the John W. Brick Foundation, Scholar-in-Residence at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she served as President from 2013-2019. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being, and development of media technologies to inspire awe. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UC San Francisco. She has authored three books, published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader.
Gary Buck, PhD is a graduate of Meridian University’s Doctor of Psychology program and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Princeton University. He is a licensed psychologist and has participated in trainings led by Zindel Segal, PhD in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, by Richard Miller, PhD in Yoga Nidra/Integrative Restoration, and completed an internship with Saki Santorelli in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the U. of Massachusetts Medical School.
A Buddhist meditator of nearly 50 years, he currently practices in the Vajrayana tradition where his main interests are Mahamudra and Dzogchen. He is a former Buddhist monk in the Thai Theravadan tradition. Gary is a former Managing Director and Board member of the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and a former Associate Director of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County. He is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in San Rafael and Petaluma, CA, where he sees child and adult clients.
"The information and guidance in Dr. Lukoff's courses will soon be, if not already, mandatory for all health care professionals who choose to remain current and literate in their fields."
-Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D. , Former Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School
"An excellent job of guiding people through the mental health resources."
-John Suler, Ph.D , Department of Psychology, Rider University Webmaster: Psychology of Cyberspace
"I am so excited to know that I am not the only one seeing the importance of this concept and how it would help to broaden the area of wellness and emphasis on the mind, body, and spirit/psyche/soul."
"This course has helped me to see the progression of the relationship between spiritual and religion. The section on the history of religion and spirituality was fascinating."
"The information presented here will help me demonstrate to my interdisciplinary colleagues that spirituality is foundational to human care...or rather is the foundation of human/holistic care."
"Learning about the SSOPP model will help me to further develop my assessment skills. It has helped me to organize my own thinking around how to administer tan assessment during both specific chaplaincy referrals and general hospitality visits. Being better able to listen for R/S problems will help me to determine interventions depending on length of admission."
"The topic of R/S problems give me better insight on the issues our mental health patients may be facing whether they express them or not. Thank you for this course...it really was 'right on time' considering how I am growing in both my consciousness and in my vocation."
"I found that the course was engaging as it used different ways of teaching...videos...reading...quizzes. You delivered important information essentially without dragging out with details."
"I wanted to let you know that I found your course to be extremely valuable. There was a lot of stuff there that I did not know about."
"A good presentation, great selection of material and organization. This was a much more valuable use of my time than virtually all of the CEU courses I have to sit through."
"I was astounded on learning how much information and interaction was possible on the Internet. Thanks."
"This was a GREAT course. It has helped me to be a more informed clinician."
"Great job with all the materials presented. Clear and concise. Great graphics. Great instructor."
"Very important course. Thank you!
"Thank you for putting together a great online course. I would be very interested in receiving notice of your future courses."
"I want to take a minute and just let you know how wonderful this course was. I've already put a number of the resources to good use in my private practice."
"This is one of the most valuable continuing ed courses I have taken. Practical, relevant and imminently usable. thanks."
"Your website is both well constructed and pleasing to the eye. Your links are extremely well organized and cover a wide variety of resources. All in all, I was quite impressed. Bravo!"
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“Good presentation, great selection of material and organization. This was a much more valuable use of my time than virtually all of the CEU courses I have to sit through.”
“This was a GREAT course. It has helped me to be a more informed clinician.”
“This is one of the most valuable continuing ed courses I have taken. Practical, relevant and imminently usable. Thanks.”
SCA courses provide approved CE credits through these accreditation agencies:
American Psychological Association: The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, LMHCs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, LMHCs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California
National Board of Certified Health and Wellness Coaches. (CEP Number 100196)
For questions or additional information, contact David Lukoff, Ph.D. Email Phone: (707) 763-3576