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Advanced Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy

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November 30, 2022
December 2, 2022


This workshop will be 20 hours towards your CPD, 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.


Early Bird Rate: £399.00  (expires on 8th April 2022)

Student Rate: £315.00

Standard Rate: £475.00

For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact


Day 1 - 10:00-17:00

Day 2 - 09:30 - 17:00

Day 3 - 09:30 - 16:30

Advanced Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy

About this Course

This advanced training will build on the processes  outlined in the initial 3-day CFT for Groups training and offer an opportunity to build on and develop skills in delivering and managing CFT  group work programs.

Compassion Focused Therapy is a motivational and  integrative approach to working  with shame and self-criticism, manifest  in a broad range of psychological and emotional difficulty. As a model of  human suffering and wellbeing, CFT is now being used in a wide range of  clinical settings, from primary care to secure forensic services. This  workshop will cover working across the spectrum of complexity and setting,  but with a particular focus on working with complex relational difficulties.  

CFT is concerned with the development of specific  motivational systems connected with affiliation and compassion, as such  groups-based interventions offer a unique opportunity for exposure to and  cultivation of compassion across the flows.    

There will be opportunities for group-based therapy  supervision, process driven role play demonstrations and practice of some of  the key techniques involved in delivering CFT in groups.


Learning Objectives


This workshop shall explicitly cover and experientially  work with the following:

  1. Fears, blocks and resistances to compassion as they emerge in the group process, for both patients and therapists/facilitators;
  3. Experiential whole group sessions, covering all aspects of the group process and technique.
  5. How to set up and practice Chair Work, in the context of maintaining safeness within the group process;
  7. How to enable trauma work to be undertaken in action;
  9. Compassionately attending to and managing group dynamics;
  11. Bringing compassion to personal responses to the work, and the importance of establishing personal practice in CFT work.


Following  this workshop participants are entitled to apply to join the compassion focused therapy and wellbeing discussion list which is an international list for individuals who are committed to compassion focused therapy.There is also a CFT for Groups Google group and access to a CFT for groups monthly supervision (online).


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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

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
Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Practising people
that are looking for a new way to introduce compassion based therapy into their practice.

Recommended Reading

Cuppage, J. , Baird, K. , Gibson, J. , Booth, R. and Hevey, D. (2018), Compassion focused therapy: Exploring the effectiveness with a transdiagnostic group and potential processes of change. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57: 240-254

Gilbert, P. & Proctor, S. (2006) Compassionate mind training for people with high shame and self‐criticism: overview and pilot study of a group therapy approach, Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 13: 353-379.

Heriot‐Maitland, C.; Vidal, J. B.; Ball, S. & Irons, C. (2014), A compassionate‐focused therapy group approach for acute inpatients: Feasibility, initial pilot outcome data, and recommendations. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53: 78-94

Judge, L.; Cleghorn, A.; McEwan, K., & Gilbert, P (2012). An exploration of Group-Based Compassion Focused Therapy for a heterogeneous range of clients presenting to a community mental health team. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy: Special Section: Emotional Schemas, Emotion Regulation, and Psychopathology, 5: 420-429.

Lucre, K. (2021) Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy for people who could attract a diagnosis of personality disorder. In P. Gilbert & G. Samos (eds) Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical Practice and Applications. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Lucre, K.M. & Corten, N. (2013) An exploration of group compassion-focused therapy for personality disorder, Psychology & Psychotherapy: Research, Theory & Practice. 86 (4): 387-400.

Yalom, I. & Lesczc, (2005) Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. Fifth Edition. Basic Books.

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Kate Lucre

Dr Kate Lucre


Kate is a Birmingham based Compassion Focused Therapist and Supervisor specialising in the use of CFT for complex trauma, personality and relational difficulties for groups and individual. She is the regional supervision coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and also runs workshops for the Foundation and across the UK on CFT for Groups and Compassion Focused Staff Support and Supervision. Kate offers CFT supervision in groups and individually, including a monthly international  Supervision Group for therapists involved in the provision of CFT groups. She has have published data on Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy and is currently completing a PhD in CFT at Birmingham University evaluating a 12 month CFGP programme for people with severe personality disorder. Kate is also involved in a number of UK wide research projects developing and evaluating Compassion Focused Staff Support Initiatives. You can see some of her past presentations and work by clicking here.


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

Yes, towards the bottom of the page under the 'prices' section you will find a link to download a booking form for this workshop. Please fill this in and email to

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.

Will I get a certificate of attendance?

All attendees will received a certificate upon completion of the course. This will be emailed to you, so please ensure that your details are correct on registration.

Our staff will take a register on each day of the workshop and any non-attendees will not receive a certificate. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please get in touch at


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.