Compassion Focused Staff Support

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March 6, 2024
March 8, 2024
Compassion Focused Staff Support


This workshop will be 20 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop via email. Handouts will be sent via email to be brought to the workshop. There will be no formal registration. You will be placed in a waiting room once you click on the link and the CMF Team will add you to the meeting.

The workshop has been designed to be interactive and give delegates as much of the experience and content as the physical workshop as possible. Kate will go through the content, share the slides and materials, conduct polls, and answer any questions you may have. There will also be instances of group work throughout the three days. For this workshop, we require delegates to attend live for all three days. Non-attendees will not receive the CPD certificate at the end.

Workshop timings (UK GMT)                            

Day 1: 09.30 - 16.30

Day 2: 09.30 – 16.30

Day 3: 09.30 – 16.00


Standard Rate: £299.00

For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk

About This Course

For this workshop, we require delegates to attend live for all three days. Non-attendees will not receive the CPD certificate at the end.

It is understood that staff stress and illness can compromise the effectiveness of teams and within organisations. Teams that are operating in conditions of threat can lead of staff having lower levels of compassion to self and others (Henshall, 2015). Whereas there is growing evidence to show that explicit development and practice of compassion can provide a useful way of helping staff to manage their own distress, be less reactive to social threats and reduce experience of self-criticism , anxiety and depression (Lucre & Taylor, 2020; Allen & Leary, 2010; Arch et al, 2014; Breines et al, 2015; Gilbert, 2005; Neff et al, 2007).

It is already becoming clear that there will be an immeasurable human impact of this global pandemic on health care workers, service providers and on us all. Compassion and Compassion Focused Approaches have a uniquely helpful and hopeful offering in this context of understanding our shared common humanity and propensity for threat focused emotional processing  and the understandable survival strategies which emerge in this context. As we are encouraged to keep a social distance from others, CFA offers an alternative way of formulating this as ‘safe relating’ which encourages us to consider how we remain connected to others in conditions of safeness (Paul Gilbert's lecture series)

In light of this need for a human response, services are already preparing immediate and medium-term trauma-informed approaches. Many clinicians are being asked to offer reflective practice and general support to staff in general hospitals in the hope of ameliorating the inevitable trauma, burn out and vicarious trauma.

These responses will often be offered remotely, either by phone or using online formats.  This online training offers an introduction to Compassion Focused Staff Support (CFSS) with a combination of experiential learning, experiential CFSS groups and the option of supervision to support clinicians who wish to either incorporate these into their current practice and/or to develop specific CFSS interventions.

Workshop Information

This workshop will offer a model for developing and delivering compassion focused staff support initiatives to a variety of staff teams. This will include practical resources and ideas for establishing these groups and working with the blocks to compassion in these settings.

This workshop has been designed for practitioners, therapists and clinicians who wish to develop their knowledge and practical skill in developing and delivering Compassion Focused staff support groups and also utilising compassion focused concepts within a supervisory framework. The day can also be steered according to the particular needs of the group. The three days will be highly experiential with a mixture of role-play demonstrations opportunities for practice, multimedia and small groups discussions.

Personal practice is an essential underpinning to this work and therefore will form an integral part of this workshop with the opportunity for personal exploration of compassion and the practices which accompany the model.

Follow Up Resources

Access to a Sound Cloud with personal practice sessions for personal and use with the groups.

Resource pack including preparatory PowerPoints sessions for group members.

Relevant literature relating to CFSS.

Access to an ongoing monthly online CFSS supervisory group to support the development and maintenance of CFSS groups.


Online via Zoom

Lucre, K., & Clapton, N. (2021). The Compassionate Kitbag: A creative and integrative approach to compassion-focused therapy. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 94(S2), e12291. https://doi.org/10.1111/papt.12291

Lucre, K., Lacey, & Taylor, J. (2022). Compassion Focused Staff Support: An Antidote to Empathy Distress, In Psychological Staff Support in Healthcare: Thinking and Practice (pp. 204-223). Sequoia Books. In Psychological Staff Support in Healthcare: Thinking and Practice (pp. 204–223). Sequoia Books.

Lucre, K., & Taylor, J. (2020). Compati| To Suffer with: Compassion Focused Staff Support as an Antidote to the Cost of Caring in Forensic Services. In Sexual Crime and Trauma (pp. 143–174). Springer.

This course is for

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.
Healthcare Professionals
Those working within the healthcare profession
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

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Kate Lucre

Dr Kate Lucre



I can't attend live, can I watch the recordings after the live broadcast instead?

Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, and that it will contain a lot of group work, we feel you'd be missing too much of it's value if you cannot participate live. So, we have requested that all delegates attend live.

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 Binita.Shah@compassionatemind.co.uk

When will I receive the login details?

All delegates signed up to the workshop will receive the joining links, instructions, handouts and any extra resources and information via email. We send these roughly a week before the workshop start date.

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

As this course is aimed at an intermediate level, 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.

What if I am unable to attend?

If you find you are unable to attend this course, please email our admin team via hello@compassionatemind.co.uk 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 hello@compassionatemind.co.uk


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 hello@compassionatemind.co.uk. 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.