ABCT Basics and ABCT Teacher Training

Pathway for certification as an ABCT Teacher


Expert professionals

Multidisciplinary group of teaching staff from the University of Zaragoza who are experts in mindfulness and compassion-based interventions.


Certification courses

Cursos certificados por la "Asociación en Mindfulness y Compasión" y reconocidos como horas de prácticas por el Máster de Mindfulness de la Universidad de Zaragoza. El primer máster de mindfulness de habla hispana.


Theory and practical sessions

The sessions will consist of theory, which will be explained by the teachers and serve as the base on which to develop practical skills integrating the knowledge gained.

Courses / Pathway

The pathway consists of two different courses taken independently:
ABCT Basics and ABCT Teacher Training

ABCT Basics

- No previous experience in either mindfulness or compassion is required.
- Eight-week course with a total duration of 20 guided learning hours.
- Reading of the ABCT protocol manual (summary and reflection).
- Two-day retreat consisting of 16 guided learning hours.
- Useful for individual application in daily life.

Fundamentos ABCT es un curso de iniciación y profundización en mindfulness y compasión con contenidos teóricos- prácticos, pensado para que puedas aplicarlo en tu vida cotidiana.

Su estructura permite que lo puedas desarrollar de forma independiente sin necesidad de seguir el itinerario para ser Instructor/a ABCT.

Tiene autonomía propia y está dirigido a todo tipo de personas que quieran mejorar su bienestar.

Este curso se desarrolla en dos formatos para que decidas el que más te conviene, ambos en videoconferencia sincrónica (directo):

  • Curso de 8 semanas de una sesión de 2,5 horas semanales
  • Curso Intensivo de fin de semana

ABCT Teacher Training

- Three-day intensive course consisting of 16 guided learning hours.
- Five-day silent retreat in mindfulness, compassion or tradition.
- Five-day silent retreat.
- Commitment to daily practice.

El curso para Instructores/as ABCT está orientado a cualquier persona que desee aplicarlo a otros/as en un ámbito personal o profesional y para impartir el Modelo de Compasión Basado en los Estilos de Apego, ABCT - Attachment-Based Compassion Therapy, de forma individual o en grupo.

También, está indicado para aquellas personas que deseen profundizar en el modelo ABCT con objetivo de integrarlo en su vida.

Este curso se desarrolla en formato de videoconferencia sincrónica (directo):

  • Curso Intensivo de fin de semana
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Aims and methodology

Aims of the courses

Learning the theory and practice of compassion
Experiencing compassion under supervision
Enhancing psychological well-being and reducing suffering
Certification as an ABCT teacher

Teaching methodology

Develop practical skills
Share the experience
Understand the theory
Based on the attachment style model developed by the University of Zaragoza


Structural Foundations of the University of Zaragoza Compassion Models

Attachment theory

Emotions are the main mental phenomena associated with chronic stress. Emotions such as guilt, shame and hatred are considered particularly destructive and are demonstrated to facilitate the onset of different medical and psychiatric illnesses. By definition, emotions tend to arise in interpersonal contexts. Attachment theory is one of the theoretical constructs that best explains our way of relating with other people and, therefore, how emotions, both positive and negative, arise in our relationships throughout our lives. Knowing our attachment style and modifying the aspects that cause distress will be associated with reducing chronic distress. Our protocol aims to modify those styles by structuring a secure attachment style, one associated with reducing criticism and anger towards ourselves and others, and increasing compassion.

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Contributions from tradition

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As with other compassion protocols, we have incorporated a number of practices and theoretical foundations from tradition, such as Tibetan Buddhism, but also from other religions in which compassion plays a part, given that it is the common denominator in all of them. Logically, as is habitual in mindfulness and compassion therapy, any religious or cultural connotation has been removed from these techniques and their efficacy has been evaluated from a scientific perspective.

Contributions from other models of compassion and other therapies

No knowledge comes from nothing. Our model includes ideas from other compassion protocols, such as the structure of Paul Gilbert’s three brain circuits and a number of practices that tend to have been taken from Buddhist tradition. It also includes techniques from other therapies, both cognitive and third-generation: aspects of non-judgemental mindfulness from mindfulness-based therapies, aspects of values from acceptance and commitment therapy, and aspects of radical acceptance from dialectical behaviour therapy.

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A team of experts in the field.

Led by Javier García Campayo, practising psychiatrist, psychotherapist and mindfulness specialist. The compassion therapy team is made up of teachers who are experts in the field. The teachers and tutors have been trained by mental health professionals with comprehensive training in mindfulness and compassion.

Scientific evidence

Find out how the results of the programme demonstrate that participants learn to connect with their internal resources to achieve different benefits for their well-being and mental and physical health.

These resources allow them to cope more effectively with situations that would previously cause distress and/or discomfort, and enable them to implement more adequate and positive strategies

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Some of the questions most frequently asked by our students.

What do I need to be able to do this course?

Once you have enrolled in any of the courses on offer, you will receive instructions to access the platform, where you will find a specific section with information about the course. In this section you will find the links to the synchronous (live) video conferencing sessions that you will be able to access on the given dates, and the materials for the session, both presentations and additional materials used.

To access the course, you will need a computer and an Internet connection. To facilitate the connection, we recommend you use an Ethernet cable or have your computer close to the router for a stronger WiFi signal.

When you access the session, we recommend you do so in a quiet place with as few interruptions or distractions as possible, with suitable lighting and a comfortable chair. If you feel the need, you can keep a meditation cushion on hand for use in the guided meditations and interchange it with the chair during the session.

Remember to check that your computer’s camera, speaker and microphone are working correctly before connecting to the live session. We recommend you keep your camera on throughout the session.

How long will I have to access the content?

From the time the course is held, you will have access to the platform that allows you to download and revise all the material from the different sessions. We will provide you with the presentations shown during the sessions and any complementary material that may be of use.

Because of the importance we place on live sessions, they will not be recorded for later viewing.

Does compassion meditation have any adverse effects?

Research has shown that certain unexpected effects may occur from time to time during the practice of meditation, such as dizziness, drowsiness, numbness of parts of the body (mainly legs and feet), physical pain, headache, heightened emotions and emotional distress.

These effects generally tend to be part of the practice of meditation and of learning how to meditate. At times they may be associated with specific aspects of posture or reveal the physical or emotional state of the person.

Should you experience any adverse or unexpected effects, we encourage you to contact the teacher of the course, who will advise and guide you through the process.

During the course, we will provide you with strategies that will allow you to cope with such experiences.

It is important to remember that these training courses have a psychoeducational design and are not meant to be psychological treatments or interventions.

Do I need to have experience in mindfulness or meditation to do this course?

There is no requirement for prior experience in mindfulness or meditation to do the ABCT Basics course. During the course, we will be providing you with all the tools your need to continue your learning process. You will find theory, practical material and resources to support your learning. You can also adjust the difficulty of your practices according to the point you have reached by adapting them to your current situation. As you gradually feel more prepared, you will be able to advance at a suitable pace.

In order to enrol in the ABCT Teacher Training course, the prerequisite is to have completed the ABCT Basics course and one year of subsequent individual practice.

What does each course qualify me to do?

The ABCT Basics course is aimed at any person interested in finding out about attachment-based compassion therapy so that it can be applied to their daily life and improve their well-being. In order to advance along the pathway to becoming a teacher, completion of this course is required.

The ABCT Teacher Training course is a complete and exacting training programme that qualifies you to become a teacher of attachment-based compassion therapy.