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Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy

Friday 16th October 2020

Virtual Event via Zoom

9.30am Registration, 9.45am Welcome and 2.45pm Close


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Compassion focused therapy (CFT) is a third wave Cognitive Behavioural Approach. Developed by Prof Paul Gilbert OBE (author of “The compassionate mind” and “Mindful Compassion” with Choden. CFT uses techniques from many fields of psychology primarily evolutionary, positive psychology, Eastern practices (although a secular approach) and neurological informed models. It has been found to be particularly helpful for people who struggle with being kind to themselves and focuses on the development of self-supportiveness, nurturance and self-soothing.

CFT has a range of beneficial effects including promotion of pro-social behaviour (Kirby & Gilbert 2017) improved social relationships (Weng et al, 2013) and stress reduction (Allen & Leary 2010) and has been used clinically within the armed forces (Lee & Jones, 2012) Maternity nurses (Beaumont & Martin, 2016) and the Fire services (Beaumont et al 2016).

Led by Maria Law, RMN, BABCP Accredited CBT Trainer, Supervisor and Psychotherapist, this interactive introductory workshop aims to help you learn more about CFT and understand more about our tricky brains and ways to manage them. Starting with developing a clear understanding of compassion what it is and why it is so important we will consider some of the blocks to compassion and ways to work with these blocks. Using compassionate mind training practices in the workshop and we will consider and experience how they may be used to support our own well-being and the well-being of others.

 After attending this course delegate will be able to: 

  • Understand more about compassion and why we need it.
  • Learn more about how our three systems of emotional regulation work and use them when thinking about ourselves and others
  • Experience some compassionate mind training exercises personally and consider how we might use them clinically.
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