Introduction to CFT for Eating Disorders (CFT-E)

2 day Workshop: Monday 4th November (9.30am - 5.00pm) - Tuesday 5th November (9.30am - 4.30pm) in DERBY **Please note the venue has been changed due to flood defence works being carried outside Riverside Chambers

Conference Details

Presented By: Dr Ken Goss

Date/Time: 4th November 2019 at 9:00am until 5th November 2019 at 5:00pm

Venue: Holiday Inn Riverlights, Morledge, Derby DE1 2AY **

Location: Derby

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Event Description

Mon 4th November 9.30am - 5.00pm, Registration from 9.00am; Tue 5th November 9.30am-4.30pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, as will a CPD certificate.

This workshop is designed to introduce the principles, philosophy and techniques of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and how these can be modified and applied to help people recover from an eating disorder. It will introduce a specific approach to eating disorder formulation and treatment called Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (CFT-E) and discuss the 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.

As this is an introductory workshop, and no previous knowledge of CFT is required.

Holiday Inn Riverlights, Morledge, Derby DE1 2AY **, Derby

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CFT-E expands upon the original model of CFT, to incorporate biopsychosocial factors that have been identified as aetiological and maintaining factors in eating disorders, including shame and pride. It also includes specific techniques, adapted from standard CFT, to help clients address eating disordered thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and help them normalize their eating and weight. CFT focuses on three specific affect regulation systems:
The threat-detection and protection system associated with rapidly activated emotions such as anxiety, anger and disgust, and defensive behaviours of fight/flight/ avoidance and submissiveness. The drive, vitality and achievement system is associated with emotions of (anticipated) pleasure and excitement and with behaviours of approach and engagement. The soothing and contentment is linked with the experience of peaceful well-being and it is also associated with affiliation with and affection from others. It allows us to experience social connectedness and soothing from others or from ourselves.

CFT-E argues that eating disordered behaviours serve a functional purpose in attempting to regulate threat via the drive system. CFT-E expands on the “Three-Circle” model of affect regulation and suggests that pride in behaviours designed to regulate affect may also play an important role in regulating threat. Often these two systems (drive and pride) then become interlinked, at the expense of developing affiliative focused or self-soothing affect regulation strategies. Thus, people with an eating disorder / disordered eating tend to live in a world of on-going threat where they are unable to access the soothing system (either to calm themselves or be soothed by others). Hence the use of either the drive and/or pride systems to regulate affect (for example, pursuing thinness and taking pride in that achievement) or to try to avoid or numb painful affect (i.e. by engaging in bingeing). These strategies often have the unintended consequence of creating further distress that in turn leads to vicious maintenance cycles and the escalation of their difficulties.


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




Workshop Leader

Dr Ken Goss is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and head of Coventry Eating Disorders, with other 20 years experiences working 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. 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.

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Lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish. However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will try to accommodate your request.