ABCT Basics



Content of the ABCT Basics course


ABCT Basics is a course for initiation and advancement in mindfulness and compassion with theory and practical contents designed for application in daily life.

The ABCT Basics course is designed to be a transformative personal experience.

Its aim is the acquisition of the essentials of compassion theory and the main practices that allow them to be applied to daily life and improve levels of personal satisfaction and psychological well-being.

This programme is based on the psychological aspects of attachment whose knowledge is essential in order to understand how compassion therapy works, and to learn how to manage difficult emotions, such as guilt, shame, self-criticism and hatred.

Completion of this course is a requisite for enrolment into the ABCT Teacher Training course, which has been designed for individuals interested in using compassion in their professional sphere.

It is aimed at any individuals who want to improve their well-being. It is a stand-alone course that is also a prerequisite for enrolment in the ABCT Teacher Training course.

Enrol in the 2nd edition

Registration is now open for the 2nd edition of the ABCT Fundamentals course. The course will take place on 17 and 18 May 2024 with the following timetable: 17 May from 16:00 to 20:00; 18 May from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.

Live online format

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

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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.