Cl Conf Speaker Day 1 Agenda

Online Live Stream Schedule


Friday, November 11, 2022 • 8:30am to 8:00pm PST
All the online streamed workshops will be recorded


Workshops marked with a red band are available in Spanish translation.

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In this workshop we will unpack each of the CI Stepping Stones, learning when to use them and how to maximize their effectiveness. We will also engage in group discussion to hear a variety of ways that practitioners are applying the Stepping Stones.


You will learn:

The rationale behind each of the Stepping Stones – what it does for the client

How the Stepping Stones are aligned with a trauma-informed approach

Research to validate the use of many of the Stepping Stones

Understand the mind-body shift that can occur with each of the Stepping Stones


Translated in Spanish by Sahiba

You will learn:

  • To bring the client into the bodily experience of the present moment
  • To give the participants the space to experience and identify the feeling that is present, if your body could speak, what would it say?

This workshop will focus on the following therapeutic skills by:
Art and Body work

  • Attune to the client
  • Invite openness
  • Give the client lots of space
  • Mirror
  • Pay attention to your body and your reactions
  • Be playful
  • Practice self-compassion and self-care
  • Give the client a taste of victory
  • Express gratitude

Development of a deeper understanding of:

  • Authenticity
  • Self-Awareness
  • Trust Your Gut Feelings
  • Playfulness

The children and adolescents of the world are our future. Refugee children and adolescents from war-torn countries are particularly vulnerable to wounding from traumatic events, the sequence of which are often long-term and detrimental to healthy development and psychosocial functioning. Through Compassionate Inquiry (CI), children and adolescents can re-learn the basic truth that they are worthy of love and learn to embody peace, love, and joy once again. Through the CI process and healing, they learn that horrible external circumstances are not their fault and have nothing to do with their intrinsic worth. Through CI, their adverse reactions to the traumatic events are reduced, thus reducing the amount of physical, psychological, and psychosocial wounding they carry as they develop through life. Attendees of the workshop will learn the basics of child and adolescent development with an emphasis on key milestones; learn to identify specific physical and psychological manifestations of developmental stage-related wounding patterns; review Eric Erickson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development Stages through the lens of CI; and learn specialized considerations and approaches that can be used in CI when dealing with children and adolescents from war-torn countries. Attendees with learn practical, easy to use strategies to add to their CI practice when dealing with this vulnerable, yet resilient, client population.


Translated in Spanish by Tania

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss how generational trauma can perpetuate pain and abuse against others, including forms of unconscious and conscious racism. And, demonstrate how “attachment to the trauma can become a cultural phenomenon to the family”. While also demonstrating how “radical healing” can occur within and outside of the family culture.

Carl Jung said it perfectly- “I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors. It often feels as if there was an impersonal karma within my family, that was passed on from parents to children. It has always seemed to me that I had….complete or perhaps continue things that previous generations had left unfinished”.


Translated in Spanish by Sahiba

We will look at the differences/distinctions between CI and IFS and then do an experiential practice together combining the two approaches. Discussion/sharing/Q&A throughout.


Translated in Spanish by Sahiba

Humans have been using entheogens to access altered states of consciousness for thousands of years. Visionary plant medicines, such as ayahuasca, have the capacity to bypass the conscious mind, accessing repressed or un-integrated experiences, memories and emotions. Particularly when used in well-supported ceremonial/therapeutic contexts, and combined with psychotherapeutic methods such as Compassionate Inquiry, entheogens offer opportunities for profound personal exploration, development and healing.


Translated in Spanish by Tania

Suicide Attention: A Compassionate Inquiry informed approach to working with suicidal distress.

Suicide affects millions of people worldwide with a ripple effect felt in our homes, families, communities and wider society. Shame and secrecy are the hallmarks of this often-hidden epidemic. Dr Gabor Mate often states, ‘whenever there is tension, it needs attention’. How might the compassionate inquiry approach support us to shift the lens from prevention to attention and start to view suicidal distress through a lens that understands it as a coping mechanism? What if instead of distracting, ignoring or trying to ‘stop’ the thoughts they were met with curiosity , and a willingness to understand their function ? This workshop is designed to show how compassionate attuned and curious response to those in suicidal distress can mitigate shame and offer the possibility of transformation to those in suicidal distress. Whether you have been studying CI a long time or new to CI, this workshop will explore some of the CI based skills and tools that can support a heart based connected approach to working with suicide.


Translated in Spanish by Sanjog

We don’t suffer because of the things that happen to us. We suffer because of the meanings and interpretations we give those things. When we are unaware of our core beliefs, they become the subconscious drivers that define who we are and the reality we live in. Unaware of core beliefs, its patterns of victimhood can follow.

If we are to facilitate healing, integration, and growth within our clients with Compassionate Inquiry, we must bravely and courageously explore the world of our client’s beliefs. We get off the roller coaster of a client’s story when we start digging up the interpretations, meanings, and beliefs beneath the surface of the narrative. From this deeper space of exploration, we can gently inquire into the origins of beliefs and move towards encouraging 100% client responsibility.

This interactive workshop will be a combination of prepared learning material, as well as a discussion of strategies, tips, and techniques on how to recognize our client’s beliefs, bring them into the therapeutic space, and consciously move them towards a new way of being.


Translated in Spanish by Sanjog

The Maltepe University Research and Application Center for Street-Involved Children (Turkish acronym, SOYAÇ, of which I am the founder, has been contributing to community life since 2010. SOYAÇ brings together children and young people in the high-risk segment of the population and university students, who are given the opportunity to become aware of what it means to struggle with challenges as they learn how to gain the skills of endurance and keep motivation high, as well as how to work across disciplines and in international collaboration in practical applications and research. This presentation is devoted to how SOYAÇ’s trauma-informed community efforts come together with CI. Our SOYAÇ Model encompasses ongoing applications developed in the light of our work with children and young people at risk and their families. Targeting mainly children and youth, our goal is to create an inclusive, therapeutic, compassionate community of actively participating university students, faculty members and any other interested stakeholders in which all members focus on non-hierarchical compassion. In 2019, SOYAÇ led a collaborative effort with the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT, UK) to offer students with an MA in Clinical Psychology with a Body Psychotherapy Certificate the opportunity to provide trauma informed body oriented therapeutic support to the children.


Translated in Spanish by Tania

In this presentation we will provide an introduction to hoarding, chronic disorganization and extreme clutter – examining the differences, similarities and many characteristics typically presented.

We will also explore three different perspectives around hoarding, chronic disorganization and extreme clutter:

  • People affected themselves
  • Family and friends surrounding the person
  • Those working with the person

We will delve into why CI can help this hugely under supported demographic, specifically looking at the contributing factors and triggers that can lead to hoarding.


The presentation will promote understanding on:

  • The importance of CI in supporting those affected
  • Sharing best practice and how the CI community can effectively connect with those affected and the people supporting them
  • Identifying the barriers and triggers we may face as CI practitioners

We will also detail next steps and how you can join us in the CI focus group for hoarding, chronic disorganization and extreme clutter for support.

Sat Dharam will present an overview of the history of the evolution of Compassionate Inquiry as an organization, as well as current new developments. We will then go into small groups to brainstorm what else is possible, generating a vision for the future.


Translated in Spanish by Sanjog

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