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Advanced Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders

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June 29, 2021
July 1, 2021


This workshop will be 21 hours for towards your, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop via email.  There will be a formal registration sign-in sheet at the venue, and any handouts will be available for you to pick up upon arrival on the first day. Please could you sign in on each day of the workshop. Members of he CMF staff will be there from 9.00am onwards on all 3 days to assist.

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Day 1: 10am – 5.00pm

Day 2: 9.30am – 5.00pm

Day 3: 9.30am – 4.30pm


Standard - £475

Early Bird (until 16th May 2022) - £405

Student - £320

Advanced Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders

About this Course

This workshop is designed to further explore the principles, philosophy and techniques of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and how these can be modified and applied to help people recover from an eating disorder, including binge eating/compulsive eating difficulties. It will outline how these principles are applied from assessment to intervention.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice identifying shame and self-criticism and developing formulation skills within a “Three Circles” model of affect regulation.  We will explore how shame and pride can be addressed during therapy, how to developing a client’s capacity for managing the biological, psychological and social challenges of recovery and to practice key CFT-E therapeutic techniques, including imagery and two chair work. We will also explore how the principles of group based CFT-E can be applied to the participants’ work setting and client population.

Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion focused therapy is derived from the evolutionary model of social mentality therapy (Gilbert 1989, 1995, 2005a,b, 2007). CFT was developed to help people who frequently experience shame and self-criticism. These factors have been associated with the development and maintenance of a range of mental health problems, and are often difficult to treat using traditional psychotherapeutic approaches.

CFT is a scientific model that draws on many branches of psychology (e.g., developmental social and evolutionary) and neuroscience science. It has a specific formulation model that notes that internal and external experiences can activate our "threat" system. We find various ways to manage these painful emotions and thoughts as best we can. Sometimes this can lead to unintended consequences that can exacerbate our problems and make it even more difficult to manage life’s challenges.

Key to CFT is the idea that we have evolved with a brain and emotional systems that can be very difficult to manage, and that much of the way we respond to the world is not our fault, but our (often automatic) responses to threat. However understanding these responses can help us to take responsibility for the ways we respond to threat, and find new, more adaptive, ways of coping.

CFT is designed to help clinicians develop therapeutic relationships that are most likely to be helpful for people who experience high levels of shame and self-criticism, or who find compassion and receiving care from others (including their therapist) difficult to manage. It is an integrative approach, utilising the wisdom of both Western and Eastern approaches to helping people change. CFT argues that we can be taught to train our minds (Compassionate Mind Training) to help us to experience compassion, develop various aspects of compassion for ourselves and others, improve our abilities to self-soothe and affiliate with others, and to foster the courage and wisdom we need to cope with difficult life events, memories or emotions.

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Holiday Inn Derby - Riverlights




Telephone: 00800 80 80 0800


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Accommodation is available at the hotel. For a list of other places to stay in Derby, please click here.

This course is for

Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Those who have completed introductory trainings
Introductory trainings refer to courses of 2 or 3 days provided by the Compassionate Mind Foundation or if led by a recognised CFT trainer

Recommended Reading

Beaumont, E. & Irons, C. (2016) The Compassionate Mind Workbook. Robinson

Fox, J. & Goss, K. (2012) (eds) Eating and its Disorders. Wiley

Gale, C.; Gilbert, P.; Read, N. & Goss, K. (2014) An evaluation of the impact of introducing compassion focused therapy to a standard treatment programme for people with eating disorders. Clin. Psychol. Psychother. 21: 1-12

Gilbert, P. (2009) The Compassionate Mind. London: Constable & Robinson.

Gilbert, P. (2010) Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features. London: Routledge.

Goss, K. (2011) The Compassionate Mind Approach to Beating Overeating. Robinson

Goss, K. & Allan, S. (2010) Compassion focused therapy for eating disorders. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 3: 141-158

Goss, K. & Allan, S. (2014) The development and application of compassion focused therapy for eating disorders (CFT-E), British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53: 62-77

Kelly, A.C.; Carter, J.B.; Zuroff, D.C. & Borairi (2013) Self-compassion and fear of self-compassion interact to predict response to eating disorders treatment: A preliminary investigation. Psychotherapy Research, 23: 252-264

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Ken Goss

Dr Ken Goss

Clinical Psychologist

Ken has over 20 years experiences ofworking with people with eating difficulties. He was a student of Paul Gilbert, and has worked within the field of eating disorders and compassion focused therapy since the early 1990s. Ken has pioneered the use of compassion focused therapy for the treatment of eating disorders (CFT-E) and is the author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Beating Overeating and co-editor of Eating and its Disorders. Ken has published numerous papers and chapters on the role of shame and compassion in eating disorders, and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He leads on-going research programmes, and is the head of the Post Graduate Diploma training on CFT at the University of Birmingham.


Will I get a certificate of attendance?

Yes, all delegates will received a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.

What if I am unable to attend?

If you find you are unable to attend this course, please email our admin team via as soon as possible. You will be given the option to transfer to another course (within 12 months). Refunds are available if cancellation occurs no less than one month before the start of the course, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.

Can I attend the Advanced Clinical Skills without having completed an Introduction to CFT?

This workshop is aimed at those who have a good grounding in the foundations of Compassion Focused Therapy, so we highly recommend that you have completed an Introductory workshop beforehand (please check the topics covered in the Introduction to CFT workshop on our Training Pathway). We generally recommend leaving at least six months between completing an Introductory workshop and attending the Advanced in order to give yourself time to practise with your clients, as this workshop will be aimed to helping you to build on your skills.

Introductory workshops held by other organisations will be accepted, so long as they are at least two days in length, include the topics covered in our Introduction to CFT course, and are led by a recognised CFT trainer. For any queries about this, please email

My employer will be paying for this course. Can you arrange for an invoice?

Yes, this is no problem at all. You can download the booking form at the bottom of the 'Prices' section.


If you wish to book via invoice, please click here to download our workshop booking form.

Terms and conditions

All places booked for our event, must be paid for prior to attending the event unless pre-agreed with management. Please note that we cannot confirm your place until we have received payment.
Should you be unable to attend the event, please contact our admin team as soon as possible via Refunds, less the Eventbrite administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received in writing up to one month before the event. Any cancellations received after this time will not be eligible for a refund, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.  While refunds for failure to attend cannot be made, you can transfer your event fee to a future event that will take place within 12 months of your booking without an additional penalty.
Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed.  We will endeavour to inform you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email. We cannot take responsibility for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation should an event cancellation occur.
For all face-to-face events, lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish (though vegan options will also be made available). However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will do our best to accommodate your request.