A client’s destructive behaviour towards themself or others precipitates crisis or prevents recovery. Therefore, encouraging clients to prevent harmful actions and perform helpful ones is an important aspect of good therapy. During Stage 4 of MiCBT, the relapse-prevention stage, clients are taught to prevent harmful behaviour through the “5 ethical challenges”, in the context of compassion training. Although this makes much sense to most clinicians, teaching explicit ethics in therapy can be a source of discomfort and a preference to teach compassion but skip the ethics part of Stage 4. This masterclass will provide a clear rationale for teaching ethical behaviour in the context of compassion training and dispel guilt and other difficulties that can occur during the process. It will explain why and how mindfulness skills cannot be maintained and grow without the stability of ethical intentions and actions. This masterclass will increase your confidence and competence in teaching ethical behaviour to your clients.
You will learn about:
• The nature and practice of ethics
• The relationship between mindfulness and ethics
• The important differences in teaching ethics as rules or as compassionate actions
• How ethical intention and action assists in improving one’s sense of self-worth and preventing relapse
• How to discuss ethics efficiently and confidently with clients