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An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of CFT

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£325 - £485
March 30, 2022
April 1, 2022


This workshop will be 20 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop via email.  To receive your certificate, we request that you sign in at our registration desk every day. Handouts, where possible, will be emailed to delegates prior to the event. Members of the CMF team will be available from 9.00am onwards on all 3 days for registration and to assist with any enquiries.


Early Bird Rate: £410.00  (expires on Feb 14th 2022)

Student Rate: £325.00

Standard Rate: £485.00

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Day one 09:30hrs - 17:00hrs

Day two 09:30hrs - 17:00hrs

Day three 09:30hrs - 16:30hrs

An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of CFT

About this course

Compassion focused therapy is rooted in an evolutionary model of human psychology. Participants on the course will be introduced to the difficulties that the human brain encounters because of its evolutionary history and the way in which old motivation and emotional systems interact with newly evolved cognitive competencies and intelligence. For example, humans are the only species that self-monitor in a particular way and while this has advantages, it is also is a source for a lot of shame, anxiety and depression.

Participants will also be introduced to the three affect regulation systems linked to threat awareness and coping, reward and resource seeking, and contentment and soothing  and how they form complex patterns within the mind. Participants will learn how early life experiences can shape the organisation of our emotions increasing our dispositions towards threat based emotions that underpin a lot of mental health difficulties.

Additional Information

In the introduction a particular focus will be on a trans-diagnostic problem that sits underneath many mental health problems which is shame and high levels of self-criticism. Shame and self-criticism can accentuate and maintain difficulties and can complicate and undermine therapeutic efforts. These individuals often come from abusive/bullying, neglectful and/or demanding/critical backgrounds, and have difficulties in regulating emotions through affiliation and soothing systems. Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training were developed with, and for, people from such backgrounds to address chronic problems associated with shame and self-criticism.

This workshop will help participants bring an evolutionary framework to the conceptualization of mental health problems and their alleviation. This workshop draws on new research on the nature of different types of positive affect (activating verses soothing). Using these insights with an evolutionary and attachment focus the workshop explores the components of self-compassion and how the application for self-compassion can facilitate and promote well-being. The fears, blocks and resistances to self-compassion will be explored. The workshop covers the following materials:

* Introduction to the evolutionary model of human psychology and vulnerability to mental health difficulties

* Understanding an evolutionary approach to affect regulation and affect dysregulation

* The role of attachment and early secure base and safe haven for development and compassion cultivation

* The nature of the two psychologies compassion with a 12 constituent elements and their link to the care- giving and receiving motivational systems

* Compassion as flow: compassion to others, been open to compassion from others and self-compassion

* Practices that stimulate compassionate mental states and build a sense of the compassionate self-identity

* How to use compassionate mental states and the sense a grounded compassionate self to address problems such as self-criticism and shame

* Therapy as creating different patterns in the mind conducive to well-being

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Holiday Inn Manchester - City Centre

25 Aytoun St


M1 3AE

Telephone: 0161 242 5444


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

This course is for

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
Practising people
that are looking for a new way to introduce compassion based therapy into their practice.

Recommended Reading

Cozolino, L. (2007). The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Brain. New York: Norton

Dalai Lama. (1995). The Power of Compassion. India: HarperCollins.

Fredrickson, B,L., Cohn, M,A., Coffey, K,A,  Pek, J., & Finkel. S,A.  (2008). Open hearts build lives: positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness mediation, build consequential personal resources, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1045-62. You can download this via by clicking here.

Gerhardt, S. (2004). Why Love Matters. How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain. London: Bruner-Routledge.

Germer, C. (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. New York: Guilford.

Gilbert, P. (2020) Compassion: From its evolution to a psychotherapy, Frontiers in Psychology, 11: 586161

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.

Glasser, A. (2005). A Call to Compassion: Bringing Buddhist Practices of the Heart into the Soul of Psychotherapy. Berwick Maine: Nicolas-Hays.

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.

Leary, M.R., Tate, E.B., Adams, C.E.,  Allen, A.B. & Hancock, J. (2007). Self-Compassion and reactions to unpleasant self-relevant events: The implications of treating oneself kindly. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 887-904. There are optoins to access this article by clicking here.

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

Mikulincer, M. & Shaver, P.R. (2007) Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change. New York: Guilford

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

Meet your instructor(s)

Tobyn Bell

Tobyn Bell


Tobyn is a Compassion Focused Therapy psychotherapist and part of the training committee for the Compassionate Mind Foundation. He is the co-author of the book Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self Reflection Workbook for Therapists. Tobyn regularly provides national and international training on compassion and chairwork and conducts research in these areas. He is a co-founder of Chairwork - an international provider of chairwork-related training and supervision- and works as a lecturer and operational lead at the University of Manchester.

Dr Ashleigh McLellan

Dr Ashleigh McLellan

Clinical Psychologist

Ashleigh is a consultant clinical psychologist with 20 years’ experience in the NHS working with complex mental health presentations. She was the clinical lead for the Humber Traumatic Stress Service in Hull with a specialism in military trauma, refugees and asylum seekers and a range of cPTSD presentations. She is involved in teaching on the Hull, Leeds and Sheffield ClinPsyD courses, and has supervised a number of Hull trainee clinical psychologists in CFT research. In 2020 Ashleigh started working exclusive in independent practice using the compassionate mind model with organisations and businesses, working with teams, individuals and delivering training. She is the director of her own company Ubuntu Psychology where she continues her clinical work and co-director of Your Virtual Mind Trainer.


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.

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?

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


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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.