Public Presentations

See a list of recent most relevant presentations, with links to videos on the topic of compassion as a emotional self-regulation strategy and social skill that can be cultivated. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion" (the Dalai Lama, 2012, Beyond Religion, p. 48). Other presentations in Spanish here.

Improving the ecosystem of care for people with ASD: Training in mindfulness and compassion with families and therapists. This was a presentation, part of the symposium "Positive psychology in people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities", at the 5th Congress of Positive Psychology. Bilbao, May 12-14, 2022. We describe empirical evidence from studies with families and therapists of people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) of the effects of CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) suggesting that CBCT® has the potential to: (1) help families accept their experience and use available social support more effectively, and (2) become an effective technique for reducing stress and increasing social competence and resilience in families and professionals.

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Compassion in my personal and professional life. Presentation that was part of Emory University certification program for CBCT® instructors (Cognitively Based Compassion Training) at Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO), Temuco, Chile . The UFRO School of Medicine, through its Humanization in Health project and the Department of Surgery, Traumatology and Anesthesiology, coordinated this initiative to contribute to a greater well-being of volunteers from the group "Escucha" of the Hernán Henríquez Aravena Hospital. This presentation captures part of my own personal and professional journey down the path of compassion, which includes supervising various UFRO individuals in training to become certified CBCT instructors. April 21, 2022, at UFRO, Temuco, Chile.

For subtitles in English, go to YouTube settings, choose auto-translate and English as the language.

Life stress as a Moral Injury: An Ethical Perspective on Health and Professionalism. 75 min. online lecture on life and professional stress as a shared responsibility in conflict with human universal values.

Understanding Autism: Definition, Experience, Meaning. 15 min. online lecture at the University of Arizona, Tucson, US. August 30th, 2019.

CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training). 90 min presentation at ACRM 95th (Annual Conference: Progress in rehabilitation research). Dallas, TX. September 30, 2018. Two parts.

What is CBCT® or Cognitively Based Compassion Training? 7 min. interview with Jack English, at Broadcast Solutions. Atlanta, May 25, 2018.

Compassion and Autism. 37 min. interview for Joaquim Lamora's YouTube channel "Pautas de Curación". English subtitles. October 30th, 2016.