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The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

The Weekend University Making the best psychology lecturers available to the general public.

    • Society & Culture

The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

    An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy – Dr Chris Irons, PhD

    An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy – Dr Chris Irons, PhD

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    What is compassion? How is it beneficial for people? And how can it be harnessed directly as part of therapy? In this talk, we’ll take a look at some of the key theories underneath and practices of CFT, and see how this can be a powerful way of working with distress and suffering.

    This presentation will help you learn some of the key basics of CFT, and have an opportunity to try out a few CFT interventions and see how these may be useful. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a better sense of what CFT is, how it can be helpful, and hopefully energise you to find out more about CFT in the future!

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    Dr Chris Irons, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, and Director at Balanced Minds, an independent psychology practice in London set up to bring compassion-focused approaches to individuals and organisations in London and the UK. In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people suffering from a variety of mental health problems, but also in bringing these ideas to the general public. He is an internationally recognised trainer and supervisor of CFT, and the author of a number of CFT books, including: “The Compassionate Mind Workbook”, “CFT from the Inside Out” and “CFT for Difficult Emotions”.

    Chris also works with the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”.

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    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    - Dr Chris’s website: https://balancedminds.com/dr-chris-irons/

    - Dr Chris’s books: https://amzn.to/3oTF1il

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Post Traumatic Growth (after COVID-19) – Dr Sousan Abadian

    Post Traumatic Growth (after COVID-19) – Dr Sousan Abadian

    For many, facing the existential threat of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has been a shared traumatic experience – a kind of collective trauma. What exactly is collective trauma, what are the different kinds, and what effects do they have on us? How can they impact our beliefs and narratives, and how do posttraumatic narratives and beliefs perpetuate collective trauma going forward? How might we instead be able to utilize this period as a time of emotional and social enrichment, even while we may be experiencing anger and grief? Synthesizing both academic research on trauma and lessons from indigenous teachers, Sousan will be sharing a concrete framework for developing capacities that will not only allow us to heal but create new potentialities for ourselves and our communities going forward.

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    Dr. Sousan Abadian earned a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University, an M.P.A. in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and an M.A. in the Anthropology of Social Change and Development, also from Harvard University. Her earlier research on healing the effects of long-standing collective trauma and cultural damage, a key contributing factor in violence and impoverishment, was described by Nobel laureate in economics Amartya Sen as “pioneering” and “highly original.” She now has an independent practice teaching, speaking, and consulting internationally on leadership, innovation, culture change, and her A.R.I.A. principles. 

    She builds on her earlier work at Cambridge Leadership Associates facilitating workshops and speaking on Adaptive Leadership. Between June 2017-June 2019, Dr. Abadian served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Her portfolio included preventing violent extremism, rights of religious minorities in the Middle East and South Asia, gender issues, atrocity prevention, and cultural restoration.  She has also served as a Fellow at M.I.T.’s Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values as well as at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. More information can be found at www.sousanabadian.com

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    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/ 

    - Dr Sousan’s website: https://www.sousanabadian.com/

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Scientific Approaches To Spirituality - Dr Rupert Sheldrake, PhD

    Scientific Approaches To Spirituality - Dr Rupert Sheldrake, PhD

    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 85 scientific papers and 14 books. He is a leading researcher into anomalous phenomena and was named among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013. He studied biology and biochemistry at Cambridge University where he earned his Ph.D., followed by a fellowship at Harvard where he spent a year studying philosophy and history.

    In this session, we discuss Rupert’s latest work on scientific approaches to spirituality, why they work, how they improve psychological wellbeing, and how you can use them - even if you do not identify with any kind of religion.

    This interview was recorded as part of our 2020 Holistic Change Summit, which featured sessions with 25 world leading psychologists, neuroscientists and authors, who shared their latest evidence based approaches to behaviour change.

    If you're interested in getting lifetime access to all 25 sessions, please click here for more info: http://bit.ly/hcs-2020

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Existential Coaching & Living An Authentic Life - Yannick Jacob

    Existential Coaching & Living An Authentic Life - Yannick Jacob

    Yannick Jacob is an Existential Coach, Positive Psychologist, Coach Trainer & Supervisor, Mediator and the FMR Programme Leader of the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London. He works with coaches and leaders to help them gain clarity, make difficult choices, build resilience and navigate their life. For over a decade Yannick, has studied optimal human functioning and all things wellbeing, as well as the depths and complexities of the human condition. His first book, An Introduction to Existential Coaching, was published by Routledge in 2019. Learn more about Yannick’s work at www.existential.coach.

    In this session, we discuss the key ideas from existential philosophy and how they can be applied to live with a greater sense of meaning, purpose and authenticity in everyday life.

    This interview was recorded as part of our 2020 Holistic Change Summit, which featured sessions with 25 world leading psychologists, neuroscientists and authors, who shared their latest evidence based approaches to behaviour change.

    If you're interested in getting lifetime access to all 25 sessions, please click here for more info: http://bit.ly/hcs-2020

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    • 54 min
    Polyvagal Theory & Trauma - Irene Lyon

    Polyvagal Theory & Trauma - Irene Lyon

    Irene Lyon, MSc, is a nervous system specialist and somatic neuroplasticity expert. She teaches people around the world how to work with the nervous system to transform trauma, heal body and mind, and live full, creative lives. To date, her online programs have reached thousands of people in over 60 countries. This session will explore how traumatic experiences get 'trapped' in the nervous system, triggering negative emotions and unwanted behaviours long after the event has taken place, and how a polyvagal approach can offer a powerful solution.

    Get early access to our latest psychology lectures: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    This interview was recorded as part of our 2020 Holistic Change Summit, which featured sessions with 25 world leading psychologists, neuroscientists and authors, who shared their latest evidence based approaches to behaviour change.

    If you're interested in getting lifetime access to all 25 sessions, please click here for more info: http://bit.ly/hcs-2020

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Healing Collective Trauma – Thomas Hübl

    Healing Collective Trauma – Thomas Hübl

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    What can you do when you carry scars not on your body, but within your soul? And what happens when those spiritual wounds exist not just in you, but in everyone in your life? Whether or not we have experienced personal trauma, we are all – in very real ways – impacted by the legacy of familial and cultural suffering. Recent research has shown that trauma affects groups just as acutely as it does individuals; it bridges families, generations, communities, and borders.

    However, just as trauma can be integrated and healed for a single person, groups large and small can also find recovery. In this session, world-renowned spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl will present a hopeful road map to mending the mind, body, and soul from the collective trauma caused by COVID-19 and how it activates much deeper wounds in our collective. You’ll learn about the most recent science of trauma and the principles of Hübl’s Collective Trauma Integration Process (CTIP), a protocol he has facilitated for groups in the US, Germany, Israel, and elsewhere. 

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    Thomas Hübl is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. Since the early 2000s, he has been facilitating large-scale events and courses that focus on the healing and integration of trauma, with a special focus on the shared history of Israelis and Germans.

    Over the last decade, he has facilitated dialogue with thousands of people around healing the collective traumas of racism, oppression, colonialism, genocides in the U.S., Israel, Germany, Spain, and Argentina. He is the author of the book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds, available at www.CollectiveTraumaBook.com. His non-profit organization, the Pocket Project, works to support the healing of collective trauma throughout the world.

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    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    - Thomas’s website: https://thomashuebl.com/

    - Thomas’s books: https://amzn.to/2XtO3H1

    • 1 hr 55 min

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