Registration is from 8.30, and the workshop will start at 9.30. The workshop will finish at 16.30.
Our presentation will combine didactic training with experiential activities. We assume most attendees will have exposure to CFT, and will, therefore, primarily focus on experiential learning in a group format.
1. Introductions (9:30-9:45)
2. Basic overview/refresher of CFT (9:45-10:30)
3. Our experience with group psychotherapy and CFT (10:30-11:00)
a. Our CFT/group psychotherapy research/findings
b. Adaptation of CFT to group psychotherapy
c. Review of 12 group psychotherapy modules
d. Importance of multicultural factors in CFT group psychotherapy
To provide participants with a sense of how CFT can be applied to a group setting, we will engage in a group experience. We are prepared to flexibly adjust depending on the number of attendees, time allotted, and format with which attendees are participating (in person vs. Zoom). Depending on the number of attendees and space limitations, we anticipate being able to have multiple, presenter-led breakout groups or simply one fishbowl-style group. Following the demonstration session, we will process reactions from group participants and observers and address questions.
In our experiential demonstrations we will focus on ways to integrate the following in compassion focused group therapy:
1. Group Process
a. Discussing fears/blocks/resistances to the material
b. Here-and-now interactions—helping group members experience the three flows of compassion (or experience the intention of compassion) in real-time
2. Experiential Activities
Given our assumption that most attendees are familiar with basic CFT principles, our demonstration will begin with Module 4, “Feeling Safe and Receiving Compassion From Others.”
1. Soft Landing
2. Feeling Threatened vs. Feeling Safe
3. Introduction to Imagery
4. Safe Place Imagery
5. Receiving Compassion from Others
6. Ideal Compassionate Other Imagery
7. Wrap Up
If time permits, we will continue with Module 5, “Compassionate Self.”
1. Soft Landing
2. Compassion as a Brain Pattern
3. Training the Compassionate Self
4. Activating the Compassionate Self Meditation
5. Compassionate Listening
6. Compassionate Self-Response
7. Wrap Up
· obtain a basic understanding of CFT principles
· understand how CFT can be applied to group psychotherapy
· experientially learn how to structure a CFT group psychotherapy session
Recommended Reading & Resources
Cattani, K., Griner, D., Erekson, D.M., Burlingame, G.M., Beecher, M.E. & Alldredge, C. (In Press) Compassion Focused Group Therapy for University Counseling Centers: A Clinician’s Guide. Routledge.
Lundgreen, R., Alldredge, C., Cattani, K., Griner, D., Erekson, D.M., Burlingame, G.M.,& Beecher, M.E. (In Press) Compassion Focused Therapy Participant Workbook. Routledge.
Gilbert, P. & Choden (2015). Mindful Compassion. Robinson.
Dr Kara Cattani is a clinical professor and director of Counseling & Psychological Services at Brigham Young University. She divides her time between administrative work, clinical practice, training of graduate students, consulting, and clinical research. Her research focus is group treatment for Compassion Focused Therapy. Her research focus is group treatment for Compassion Focused Therapy.
Prof Gary Burlingame has contributed over 75 books, manuals, and chapters and 150 articles on effective small group treatments and is president-elect of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Dr Derek Griner is a practicing board-certified counseling psychologist with significant CFT experience. His research focuses on diversity issues for which he received APA’s Division 17 award for excellence in scholarship.
Dr David M.Erekson is a board-certified psychologist and an associate clinical professor at Brigham Young University. A dedicated scientist-practitioner, he has an active clinical practice and a psychotherapy research lab.
Dr Mark Beecher is a board-certified counseling psychologist who has practiced in a college counseling center for over twenty years. His practice and research interests include individual/group psychotherapy, CFT, and multicultural competence.