Discussion Groups

As part of our goal to facilitate the scientific understanding and application of compassion, we have set up three international discussion groups. Each group utilises the basic definition of compassion as

A sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to
alleviate and prevent it.

Purpose of the discussion groups

The discussion groups have been created to help individuals who are interested in developing the evolutionary and biopsychosocial approach to compassion and its dissemination. Hence they are not general compassion lists but support our specific scientific approach to compassion that seeks to link our understanding of how the human mind evolved, it’s neurophysiological architecture, with psychological and social process that shape and are shaped by it. Hence this approach draws on a range of different approaches including Western scientific and the contemplative traditions - but with a specific focus on the evolutionary dynamics and challenges of the brain.

Ideally those coming on to the lists will have some familiarity with the basic model.  So while discussion of different views is welcomed it is important to recognise that this is a specific approach rather than for people who want to debate their own approach.

Participants joining the list do so on the understanding that they recognise the nature of the list and that material shared is confidential unless otherwise stated.

Participants are clinically and personally responsible for how they use any of the materials learned through the list or the Foundation’s website.

Discussion list 1: Compassion focused therapy and well-being

This is open to clinicians and researchers who have some experience of compassion focused therapy approaches, recognise the evolutionary foundations of this approach and are interested in contributing to the development of this approach. The purpose of the group is to share ideas and academic materials amongst the group to further skills in compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training.

Discussion list 2: Compassion focused schools

This is to stimulate and support the work of individuals who are seeking to develop compassion focused approaches in schools. The guiding model of our approach is to help children understand the tricky nature of the human brain. It is also to focus on the role of cultivation of prosocial motivation and compassion as a way of helping self and others. Group members can share information about projects to develop CMT programs in schools.

Discussion list 3: Compassion focused leadership

Leadership can have a profound effect on organisational structures including the mental well-being of those that work within the organisation and the ethical orientation of the organisation. The evolutionary model of leadership highlights how different styles of leadership can create different cultures. The purpose of this group is to disseminate ideas, research and the approach of compassion focused leadership amongst peers with a specific interest in this area.

 

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