This workshop will be 20 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop. 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.
All timings are according to UK GMT
Day One: 09:30 - 17.00
Day Two: 09.30 - 17:00
Day Three: 09.30 - 17.00
This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £250. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Compassion focused therapy is rooted in an evolutionary model of human psychology. Participants in 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 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.
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 versus soothing). Using these insights with an evolutionary and attachment focus the workshop explores the components of self-compassion and how the application of 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 12 constituent elements and their link to the care-giving and receiving motivational systems
- Compassion as flow: compassion to others, being 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 of 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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To see the full range of Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind related books, please click here.
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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.