Dr James KirbySenior Lecturer & Clinical Psychologist, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Co-Director, Compassionate Mind Research Group
James is a Senior Lecturer & Clinical Psychologist at School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. He is also the Co-Director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group. He has broad research interests in compassion, but specifically examines factors that facilitate and inhibit compassionate responding. He uses and integrates multi-modal assessment approaches to better understand the mechanisms of engaging and acting in compassionate behaviour (e.g., self-report, physiology, observations, fMRI). He also examines the clinical effectiveness of compassion focused interventions, evaluating both Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training, specifically in how they help with self-criticism and shame that underpin many depression and anxiety disorders
2022 MHIS Presentation: Using self-compassion to helpfully regulate our emotions
In this talk I will present a brief overview of what compassion is and a model of emotion regulation that underpins compassion focused therapy (CFT). The presentation will then discuss how self-compassion exercises can help bring greater balance to our emotion systems to help manage the difficulties, setbacks and disappointments we experience in our daily lives.