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Mindful Self-Compassion for our Clients and Ourselves

October 28, 2020 EDT @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


CEU’s: 2

Mindfulness Based Interventions for the treatment of addictive and mental health disorders have been increasingly supported by evidence as a best practice.  Mindful Self-Compassion focused therapy provides a focus that emphasizes helping clients struggling with problematic gambling to develop a sense of kindness, warmth and emotional responsiveness to themselves as they face the challenges of recovery. It also speaks to issues such as shame and stigma. Mindfulness based self-compassion practices not only apply to our clients but can be used by clinicians and other providers. This workshop will present an overview of Mindfulness and Compassion based therapies in the context of gambling disorder. Attendees will be offered an interactive exploration of mindfulness and self-compassion practices that can be utilized in the treatment of gambling disorder and as part of self-care as clinicians.


  • Participants will be able to define mindfulness and self-compassion and describe at least three mindfulness-based practices that would be beneficial for themselves as well as their clients.
  • Participants will gain direct experience in mindful self-compassion practices to develop curiosity, interest and friendliness to both pleasant and unpleasant experiences
  • Participants will understand how to utilize self-compassion practices with clients to address issues of craving, impulsivity and shame.


Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, brings 35 + years of experience to her work field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling.    She is certified in Meditation and Psychotherapy and has had a personal practice for the past 25 years.  She co-founded 12 Step Buddhist Recovery groups in both Connecticut and Ohio.  She has provided training internationally on the use of mindfulness and self-compassion based interventions in the treatment of gambling disorder.


October 28, 2020 EDT
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST


Online United States


Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling