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Advanced Clinical Skills in Compassion Focused Therapy

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July 8, 2021
July 12, 2021

Timings and Registration

Please note, this is an Advanced course, and is not recommended for those who have not attended either a two or three day introductory workshop.

This workshop will be 21 hours for towards your CPD, and you will receive an certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop. For those who are unable to attend the live broadcast, this workshop will be recorded, and recordings will be available for up to one month after the live broadcast for you to watch in your own time.

We will host this workshop via Zoom Meetings, and will send all relevant joining instructions a week before the workshop.

This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £299. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact

All timings are according to British SummerTime (BST)

09:30-16.30 (all days)

Advanced Clinical Skills in Compassion Focused Therapy

About this course

This three day workshop is designed for people who have some training and experience in using compassion focused therapy having attended either a two or three day training course; are familiar with the basic evolutionary model; the role of affiliative emotion in threat regulation, distinctions between shame and guilt and competitive versus caring motivational systems and the dimensional nature of our minds.

The workshop provides opportunities to explore:

*deeper understanding into the nature of compassion
*working within the therapeutic relationship
*developing the compassion focused formulation
*the nature of functional analysis
*using functional analysis to work with self-criticism and shame
*explaining and exploring multi-self and the interaction between threat-based emotions such as anger, anxiety and sadness
*how to use chair work to engage in different aspects of the self
*ways of deepening the concepts of the compassionate self and compassionate image
*ways of working with the fear and resistance to compassion

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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

Gilbert, P. (2020) Compassion: From its evolution to a psychotherapy, Frontiers in Psychology, 9th December 2020

Gilbert, P. (2018) Living Like Crazy. Annwyn House

Gilbert, P. (ed) (2017) Compassion: Concepts, Research and Application. Routledge

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

Gilbert. P. (2009). The Compassionate Mind. Robinson

Gilbert P. (2007). Psychotherapy and Counselling for Depression (3rd edition): London. Sage.

Gilbert, P. (2000)  Social mentalities: Internal ‘social’ conflicts & the role of inner-warmth & compassion in cognitive therapy. In P.Gilbert & K.G. Bailey (eds)  Genes on the Couch: Explorations in Evolutionary Psychotherapy.  London: Routledge.

Gilbert, P. & Irons, C. (2005).  Therapies for shame and self-attacking, using cognitive, behavioural, emotional imagery, and compassionate mind training.  In P.Gilbert (ed) Compassion: Conceptualisations, Research and use in Psychotherapy.  London: Routledge.

Irons, C. & Beaumont, E. (2017) The Compassionate Mind Workbook. Robinson

Kolts, R. L. (2016) CFT Made Simple: A Clinician's Guide to Practising Compassion Focused Therapy. New Harbinger.

Lee, D. (2005) The perfect nurturer: A model to develop a compassionate mind within the context of cognitive therapy. In P.Gilbert (Ed) Compassion: Conceptualisations, Research and use in Psychotherapy.  London:  Routledge

Welford, M. (2016) Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies. John Wiley & Sons.

Meet your instructor(s)

Prof Paul Gilbert OBE

Prof Paul Gilbert OBE

Clinical Psychologist

Paul is the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy, and is the President of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, which he founded in 2006. He is an internationally renowned Professor of Clinical Psychology, who is particularly recognised for his expertise in the treatment of depression and shame. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties, for which compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed. He has written and edited 22 books, including the best selling The Compassionate Mind and Overcoming Depression, and his latest book Living Like Crazy. He was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in March 2011.

Dr Andrew Rayner

Dr Andrew Rayner

Clinical Psychologist

Andrew is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in private practice who specializes in Compassion Focused Therapy (and difficulties related to trauma. He has spent most of his career working in the NHS within secondary care services, and in recent years he has had the relatively unique experience of providing psychological support during a large scale historical abuse investigation. He currently provides training and participates in clinical research on behalf of The Compassionate Mind Foundation. He also works for Aspire Health and Care Ltd (providing input to young people and adults residing in supported living placements) and directs his own company Secure Base Psychological Services Ltd.


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

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 watch the recordings in my own time?

We understand that, due to time differences, it may not be possible for you to attend this training live with us. With that in mind, the workshop will be recorded, and you'll have access to the recordings for a month after the live broadcast to watch in your own time.

I might have to miss a session due to prior commitments. Can I catch up later?

Yes, this absolutley fine. The workshop will be recorded, and you'll be able to catch up on anything you've missed for up to a month after the live broadcast.


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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.