Trauma Informed Self Compassion

Join us for an intensive weekend training of Trauma Informed Self Compassion created by Heather Prete, CMT-P and Kathryn Chaya Lubow,  MFT, SEP.

“We can create a safe place for our emotions to land within ourselves… only then can true transformation take place… You are stronger, larger, and more resilient than you believe yourself to be, and understanding and living in this truth is your birthright. We no longer seek others to heal our wounds. The true healer lies within.”
-Heather Prete

This unique weekend intensive was initially inspired by the awe Heather feels having witnessed recovery in her clients. She has been working over 10 years and has seen thousands of people heal and recover from trauma and insecure attachment. Heather has been working on this program for over 3 years and will be interweaving stories of the healing process shared by clients as well as skillful practices in mindfulness and self compassion.

Kathryn Chaya Lubow is a Marriage and Family Therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner. She will be presenting the neuroscience of trauma and compassion as well as western therapeutic paradigms in order to have a deeper understanding of the physiological process of the mindful path.

Please join us in learning how to care for these obstacles through the heart of compassion and skillful mindfulness applications…

The weekend will include teaching and practice to ensure that you leave with the tools for a skillful mindfulness and self compassion practice. Primary benefits of this program are for mental health professionals and the general public who wish to learn the skill of applying self compassion to trauma resolution and insecure attachment styles (how we relate to others) in both personal and clinical practice. This weekend is for anyone with self critical world views or insecure attachments who aspire to create a healing and resilient practice for the future… We will also offer tools for your continuing practice as well as yearly retreats to come!

 There will be an additional day long retreat that will be optional. Date TBA.



 June 22nd – June 24th

June 22nd

INTRO: 7pm -9pm

June 23rd

12pm – 5pm

June 24th

12pm – 4pm

Location: The Den

360 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036


For information about continuing education credit:

 June 22-24 Trauma Informed Self Compassion

Organization: Heather Prete Mindfulness


Heather Prete: UCLA MARC curriculum facilitator. Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation, Evidence based Mindfulness Facilitation and Neuroscience of Contemplative Practices, Mindful Awareness Practices Teacher Training, is a teacher at Mindful Schools, Alternatives Treatment Center, Tarzana Treatment center and is a leading teacher at The Den Meditation

Kathryn Lubow: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She has a private practice in West Hollywood, CA, is a self compassion teacher at the Den Meditaion and is trained to teacher the Mindful Self-Compassion program. She is also trained in EMDR and has a clinical focus on mindfulness and compassion based trauma informed therapies.


Program Fees:


50% refunds May 7th – May 21st

No refunds after May 21st

Includes training, manual, and CE’s

Program Syllabus:

Friday 7-9pm : Introduction to Mindfulness

Fundamentals of Mindfulness: Affect tolerance and Emotional Regulation

Neuroscience of Mindfulness application, overview of prefrontal cortex and amygdala, as well as neural circuits for cultivation of positive emotions, i.e. loving kindness and compassion


 Trauma Informed Self Compassion Schedule Friday 7-9pm -Mindfulness in the clinical setting to strengthen affect tolerance and emotional regulation for clients -Teaching the clinician about the neuroscience of mindfulness application, overview of prefrontal cortex and amygdala, as well as neural circuits for cultivation of client’s positive emotions Saturday: 12-1:30pm -Fundamentals of clinical work using evidence based practices of mindfulness and selfcompassion with clients in order to activate client’s oxytocin and therefore increase neural plasticity, as an adjunct to talk therapy with clients -Strengthening the therapeutic relationship through self-compassion practice -Working with your client’s difficult emotions in a talk therapy environment -Experiential Exercise: Mindfulness of the Body -For clinicians in which they work in dyads in training in order to guide clients in finding areas of the body that feel neutral to slightly pleasant so as to aid them in productive talk therapy during sessions Saturday 1:30-3pm -Clinical application of understanding the physiology of the nervous system in order to teach clients how to calm their fight, flight, freeze response and in turn allow them to access positive emotional states in a clinical setting -Recognizing Compassion Fatigue for Clinicians in treatment settings -Understanding the neuroscience of empathy vs compassion and applying that in one’s own clinical practice Experiential exercise: Loving Kindness Practice -In which clinicians work with each other in dyads to guide clients Into loving kindness practice in order to teach resiliency when a client is dysregulated in a clinical setting Saturday 3-5pm -Trauma Informed Mindfulness and Self- Compassion Based Interventions for clinical practice and skill building for clinicians: teaching clients body based tools of resourcing, titration, pendulation, and orienting in order to assist with client’s nervous system regulation -Recognizing signs of client dysregulation, activation, hypervigilance and dissociation Teaching clinicians how to prevent retraumatization through skillful self-compassion and mindfulness practice for their clients Sunday 12-1:30pm -Attachment Theory Overview for the clinician: Understanding Client’s Attachment Styles: Secure, Avoidant, Anxious -Clinical Applications of Trauma informed Self Compassion: understanding how the tools of mindfulness and self compassion practices can assist the client in earning secure attachment with the steady base of the clinician, as well as cultivating the clients own intrapersonal relationship with themselves -Introduction for the clinician to the epigenetics of trauma as seen in their clients Sunday 1:30-3pm -Teaching the clinician the skill of reparenting through self-compassion evidence based practices: and in turn positively affecting the regulation and renegotiation of traumatic memories within the client -Overview on Developmental Trauma for the clinician and Implications for Self-Compassion Practice for the client Sunday 3-4pm -Experiential Exercise in which clinicians will practice guiding each other in restructuring negative childhood stories in order to include positive memories so that the client can work more effective so that the client can work more effectively with difficult childhood traumas

Professional Program Goals:

Target audience are Mental Health Professionals, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists.

This program is intended as a Beginner or Intermediate Level course.

10.5 Continuing Education Credits offered

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Kathryn Lubow 323-336-7247.

Program Description:

We will learn how to care for these obstacles through the heart of attachment-based compassion and mindfulness applications. You will be learning to be your own guide in healing traumatic experiences, creating the compassionate “inner parent”, and healing external relationships. We will also address nervous system physiology, and how to utilize mindfulness and compassion practices to build resiliency, resource and empowerment.

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