Elena is a health psychologist specialized in contemplative practices and emotional learning.
Elena applies mindfulness, CBCT, and somatic experiencing towards the healing of stress and trauma in the body and mind. Munich.
Emory CBCT®️Certified Instructor & FPMT Registered Teacher of Contemplative Training
Javier González-Gavira, has been a guide for contemplative meditation practices for over 10 years. He is a founding member and Secretary of the Institute for Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE) (IE3S Spain) and a former Professor at the University of Cádiz (UCA).
Javier applies cognitive meditation techniques based on compassion to help self-study to resolve sufferings of the body and mind, scientifically proven, especially for professionals in the educational sector and students.
Samuel is a senior CBCT® instructor specialized in autism spectrum disorders and other populations with high stress.
He works internationally in the USA, Spain and Latin America.
Samuel has also been commited to the scientific research of social behavior and contemplative practices since his post-doctoral training at Emory University, Atlanta.
”CBCT®” (Cognitively Based Compassion Training)
8-Week Foundational Course
The course and its contents:
CBCT® is an 8-week cognitive meditation course in compassion, combining Buddhist mind training and contemplacion techniques to neuroscience and psychology. With CBCT® you will be introduced to a method that aims to break down barriers , help to reconnect with yourself and others, and apprehend tools building resilience. You will be introduced to a variety of practical meditation methods and contemplation exercises to face challenges and life’s entanglement with more balance.
Participation in a foundational CBCT course will enable you to
– develop resilience, learn to prevent stress, depression and anxiety
– will build and strengthen an empathic mindset and a joyful, caring heart to enjoy what you have and redimension challenges and difficulties you encounter
– will let you explore how the body can be a tool to understand and regulate emotions and cognitive frameworks without compartmentalising them
The concept of “compassion” sometimes recalls connotations of pity or sorrow. Compassion in the context of mind training in the Indo-Tibetan traditions and as proven by Neuropsychological research, refers to psychological training that helps us develop the social skills of kindness and affection for our own sake and the benefit of others. Compassion points to the empathic ability to understand the suffering of others and to the concrete steps we can take to alleviate it. It also refers to the ability to love and accept ourselves as we are, learn to cope with afflictive (negative) emotions, and learn to deal with destructive self-criticism.
*CBCT® (Cognitively Based Compassion Training) is a meditation protocol using mindfulness techniques and compassionate states of mind training developed by Dr Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the Centre for Contemplative Science and Compassion-based Ethics at Emory University in Atlanta, USA, a centre under the patronage of the Dalai Lama. Recent scientific studies have proven how CBCT® reduces emotional stress and promotes health and social competence.
– Learn about compassion, its benefits, and the latest scientific evidence on the subject.
– Develop strategies to improve social skills (affection and empathy), while reducing stress.
– Increase behavioural elasticity, bringing thoughts and actions to the mindful state where we can be back in the driver’s seat.
– Paying attention to our own needs and those of others, learning to apply compassion, and appreciation for self and others.
– Practising strategies to strengthen our social connections, on the principle that attending to our own needs is beneficial to others and attending to the needs of others is beneficial to ourselves.
– Connecting with gratitude and exploring its connection to happiness.
– Learn to self appreciate ourselves as we are, lowering the volume of our inner critic.
– Develop empathic concern and engage compassion.
Who is the programme addressed to?
– Anyone interested is interested to live with more contentment and who wants to work on the quality of our interpersonal relationships.
– Reframe life quality by using physical sensations to learn to connect to our emotions and our cognitive needs.
– This course is particularly suited for professionals in high-stress occupations ( healthcare, education, lawyers…), teachers, and parents.
8 Weeks from October 6th to November 24th, every Wednesday : 7pm 9pm
Week 1. Introductory session on compassion: exploring the concept and it’s scientific evidence.
Week 2. Foundational Module. Resting in a Nourishing Moment
Week 3. Module 1. Attentional Stability and Clarity.
Week 4. Understanding the Nature of Mental Experience.
Week 5. Module 3. Self-Compassion or Self-Care.
Week 6. Module 4. Cultivating Impartiality Towards Others.
Week 7. Module 5. Developing Gratitude and Affection for Others.
Week 8. Module 6. Empathic Concern and Engaged Compassion.
Discounted rate (for students, early career researchers, and low-income earners): €150
Regular Course Rate: €195
Benefactor Rate (supporting the scholarship fund for school-students, refugees, and unemployed course candidates): €295
If you, as Benefactor could support with another amount, or if you need a scholarship due to your special circumstances, please contact us at:
Especially suitable for professionals in psychology, education, specialized teachers and parents. And all the people who have an interest in improving their personal satisfaction and their interpersonal relationships.