Workshop 2: The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Complex PTSD

October 10, 2022
Edinburgh Royal College of Physicians and Online

Timings and Registration

The workshop will start at 9.30 and finish at 16.30.

To book this workshop, please scroll down to the bottom of our main conference page, and select the workshop option.

About this course

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) is a fairly new diagnosis which was introduced into the ICD-11 in 2018, (WHO 2018).  It can emerge when people have repeatedly experienced interpersonal trauma (such as childhood abuse, domestic abuse) and struggle with profound feelings of self- blame/loathing, difficulties with regulating threat- based feelings and with interpersonal relationships. They also experience decontextualised fragmented trauma memories such as, flashbacks, nightmare and sensory based body memories which relate to their original experiences of being traumatised.

Although the evidence base for treatment is emerging, expert consensus suggests a phased based approach to treatment which can include compassion focused therapy (UK Psychological Trauma Society, 2017). This workshop will explore 5 key processes in CFT which follow a phased based approach and provide a framework for intervention with clear treatment goals which target the alleviation of distress associated with C-PTSD. These include developing compassionate capacities to enhance emotional regulation, work with self- blame/ shame  in preparation for more intense trauma memory work using techniques such as  hotspot updates, rescripting, developing narratives and EMDR interweave .

Learning Objectives

• To learn about C-PTSD from a compassion focused perspective

• To formulate C_PTSD using CFT

• To understand the 5 key processes involved in treating C-PTSD with CFT

• To learn how to use compassionate capacities in developing a coherent and integrated trauma narrative.

Recommended Reading

Ashfield E., Chan, C & Lee, D.A.,(2020) Building “A Compassionate Armour”: The Journey to Develop Strength and Self-Compassion in a Group Treatment for Complex PTSD. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice 2021 Apr;94 Suppl 2:286-303. doi: 10.1111/papt.12275. Epub 2020 Apr 19. PMID: 32306537.

Billings. J., Reading, J., Brown, G., Martin, K. & Lee, D.A (submitted). Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Using compassion resilience as a phased based treatment for Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Gilbert, P., (2009). Introducing Compassion Focused Therapy. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 15 199-208. Doi:10.1192/apt.bp.107.005264

Lee, D.A. (2015) Case conceptualisation in complex PTSD: integrating theory with practice.  In Tarrier, N.,( Eds). Case Formulation in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: The Treatment of Challenging Cases. Routledge. London

Lee, D.A  & James, S. (2012) The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma, using Compassion Focused Therapy. Constable & Robinson. London

Waite, F. Knight, M. & Lee, D.A. (2015) Self-Compassion and Self-Criticism in Recovery in Psychosis: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Study. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol 71, 12.

Meet your instructor(s)

Prof Deborah Lee

Clinical Psychologist