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META-Psychotherapy Online Conference

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Explore how these ‘META’ approaches are transforming therapeutic practice.

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Research estimates that there are over 500 types of psychotherapy.

This can be a troubling statistic for any psychotherapist, counsellor, psychologist or coach to learn about.

I mean, if there are over 500 out there, how can you be certain your approach is optimal?

What if, by only training in one orientation, you’re missing something important?

There are two ways to go about solving this problem…

The first would be to train in as many different modalities as possible, in the hope that you’ll become a more well-rounded practitioner in the process.

Not only would this be time-consuming (there are over 500!), it also leaves a lot up to chance.

The second would be to take a ‘META’ approach, and focus on learning the core, underlying principles, common to all evidence-based forms of psychotherapy.

In other words, instead of trying to master a multitude of different methods, you would focus on the small number of highly effective change processes that have been scientifically proven to lead to positive outcomes in almost every therapeutic approach.

So, in this online conference, we’ll be exploring three ‘META’ approaches to psychotherapy, and how they can be applied to transform the work of any psychotherapist, counsellor, psychologist or coach.


  • Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy; how Attachment Theory and Karl Friston’s ‘Free Energy’ Principle provide an evidence base, rationale and theoretical framework for understanding the transmutative power of psychotherapies, leading to more flexibility, a greater range of choices, and resilience - Professor Jeremy Holmes
  • Compassion Focused Therapy and Psychological Flexibility; how compassion can be brought as an active process variable to enhance all forms of therapy, and integrated with the psychological flexibility model to improve client outcomes - Dr Dennis Tirch, PhD
  • Process-Based Therapy (PBT); why PBT offers a hopeful vision and unifying framework for the future of evidence-based psychotherapy, how it provides a scientific (and holistic) approach for tackling psychological problems at their root causes (rather than just treating symptoms), and how PBT can be applied in conjunction with all types of psychotherapy to improve treatment outcomes, as well as practitioner skills - Professor Stefan Hofmann


Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy - Professor Jeremy Holmes

For 35 years, Professor Holmes was Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Psychotherapist at University College London and then in North Devon, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1998 until 2002. He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, Exploring In Security, The Therapeutic Imagination, Attachment in Therapeutic Practice, and most recently: “The Brain has a Mind of Its Own”.

Professor Holmes received the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award in 2009. In his spare time, he enjoys making music, gardening, engaging in green politics and spending time with his grandchildren.

Compassion Focused Therapy and Psychological Flexibility - Dr Dennis Tirch, PhD

Dennis Tirch, Ph.D. is the Founder of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the first clinical training center for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the United States, Past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), and an Associate Clinical Professor at Icahn Medical School at Mount Sinai, New York. Described as one of the country’s foremost leaders in compassion training and evidence-based therapy, he is an internationally acknowledged expert therapist, supervisor and trainer in CFT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Buddhist Psychology (BP).

Dr. Tirch is the author of 6 books, some of which include: The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to The Science of Compassion, Buddhist Psychology and CBT, and Experiencing ACT from the Inside-Out. His work has been covered by numerous media outlets, including; The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Post, NPR, WIRED, and O Magazine. You can learn more about his unique approach to clinical psychology at www.mindfulcompassion.com, and follow him on twitter at @DennisTirchPhD.

Process-Based Therapy: An Introduction - Professor Stefan Hofmann

Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, where he directs the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory, and one of the world’s foremost experts in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - especially for anxiety disorders. He was former president of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and president of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Professor Hofmann's research focuses on the mechanisms of treatment change, translating discoveries from neuroscience into clinical applications, emotions, and cultural expressions of psychopathology, and is currently the Principal Investigator of a study examining yoga as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as 15 books, is the recipient of numerous awards, and has been included in the list of Highly Cited Researchers since 2015. You can learn more about his work at www.bostonanxiety.org/

Event Schedule

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy - Professor Jeremy Holmes
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Compassion Focused Therapy and Psychological Flexibility - Dr Dennis Tirch, PhD
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon break
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Process-Based Therapy: An Introduction - Professor Stefan Hofmann

Why Attend Live?

  • You'll have exclusive access to the content - at least six months before anyone else
  • Interact with world class speakers and leading academics in real time, and get your questions answered in the Q+A sessions
  • Build lasting relationships with a community of likeminded people as you interact during the sessions
  • Earn CPD and demonstrate your commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Get lifetime access to the video and audio recordings from the sessions, and all available event materials (e.g. slides, handouts, etc.)


How does the Online Video Conference Work?

After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the video conference.

Will I be able to ask questions?

You will be able to submit questions to each speaker during the Q+A sessions.

What if I miss part of one of the lectures? Will I have access to the recordings?

Yes, the recordings will be emailed to all ticket-buyers (even those who can't attend on the day) approximately one hour after each lecture finishes.

This means that if you miss anything, you'll be able to catch up in your own time.

If you have any further questions, please email support@theweekenduniversity.com for more information.

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Who is this event for?

You might be:

  • A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development
  • A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject
  • Considering a transition into a career in psychology, but not sure exactly what route to take yet
  • A member of the general public attending for the sheer joy of learning and exploring your curiosity.

TWU Guarantee

The Weekend University seeks to guarantee an excellent learning experience.

If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back, and we will cover the cost of your travel to and from the venue.

Refund Policy

We offer a full refund if you cancel within 7 days of the event date.

For cancellations in the week leading up to the event, tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

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