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An Introduction to CFT for Eating Disorders

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April 25, 2022
April 26, 2022

Timings and Registration

Registration for this workshop is from 09.00, and the workshop will run from 9.30-16.30 GMT.

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 £215. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact

This will count as 14 hours towards your CPD points.

An Introduction to CFT for Eating Disorders

About This Course

This workshop will be led by Dr. Ken Goss, one of the country's leading experts on using Compassion Focused Therapy for the treatment of eating disorders.

This workshop is designed to introduce the principles, philosophy and techniques of Compassion Focused Therapy CFT, how these can be modified and applied to help people recover from an eating disorder. It introduces a specific approach to eating disorder formulation and treatment (Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders – CFT-E) and evidence that supports its incorporation into mainstream eating disorder treatment.

The workshop consists of didactic teaching, role plays and the practise of key CFT techniques (such as imagery and breathing exercises). It is aimed at health professionals who are working, or want to work, therapeutically with people with an eating disorder. It is an introductory workshop, and no previous knowledge of CFT is required.

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Online (via zoom)

This course is for

Those working in educative settings, with an interest in mental health
Practising people
that are looking for a new way to introduce compassion based therapy into their practice.
Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Managers of Healthcare Teams
Those involvement in the management of healthcare staff
Healthcare Professionals
Those working within the healthcare profession

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

Kelly, A., Katan, A., Sosa Hernandez, L., Nightingale, B., & Geller, J. (2021). Why would I want to be more self‐compassionate? A qualitative study of the pros and cons to cultivating self‐compassion in individuals with anorexia nervosa. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60(1), 99-115.

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.


Can I attend this course without having completed an Introductory workshop?

Yes, this course is suitable for those who are new to CFT, although some knowledge of the basics may be helpful.

Will I get a certificate of attendance?

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

Is this course suitable for someone new to CFT?

Yes, this course is suitable for those who are new to CFT, although some knowledge of the basics may be helpful.

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.

Is this course suitable for someone who has no prior CFT training

As this course is aimed at an intermediate level, so participants will be expected to have a basic understanding of the CFT model, we would encourage you to attend one of our introductory trainings first.

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.

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.


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.