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Compassion Focused Therapy and Forensic Practice

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£250 - £475
June 8, 2022
June 10, 2022

Timings and Registration

‍This workshop will be 20 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop via email.  There will be a formal registration sign-in sheet at the venue and the CMF staff will be there from 9.00am onwards on all 3 days.

‍This workshop is priced as follows:

Early Bird Rate £410.00  expires on  31.03.2022

Student Rate £325.00

Standard Rate £475.00

Online Live Streaming Rate   £250.00

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‍All timings are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):

Day 1 - 09:30 -16:30

Day 2 - 09:30 - 16:30

Day 3 - 09:30 - 16:30

Compassion Focused Therapy and Forensic Practice

About this Course

This workshop uses multi-modal learning to provide an introduction to the use of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) with people who have committed sexual or violent offences.

This workshop outlines a framework/protocol for the use of CFT in forensic settings and explores key considerations in applying CFT to those who commit sexual and violent offences. It supports clinicians in considering an approach to case formulation that is based on trauma sensitivity and draws on a compassionate understanding of the difficulties that can emerge from the survival strategies that human beings deploy under extreme adversity. This workshop takes participants through a modularised approach to forensic practice and will:

• Enable practitioners to expand their abilities in trauma-informed care.

• Teach skills to address shame, humiliation and other self-conscious emotions.

• Reconceptualise criminogenic need in the context of evolutionary functions and adverse environments.

• Develops capacities for compassion in clients (and self)

The workshop employs didactic learning, skill demonstration, and skill practice, as well as group discussion and reflection.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1) Learn about CFT as well as the definitions and underpinnings of compassion  

2) Explore the evolutionary basis for self-conscious emotions and their role in cultivating or sustaining criminogenic need.

3) Discuss the evolutionary basis for understanding human behaviour and applying this to reconceptualise criminogenic needs (risk factors)

4) Learn skills for addressing obstacles to compassion and to building compassionate capacities

5) Learn skills for working with shame, humiliation and guilt.

Following this workshop learners will:

1) Have a good understanding of compassion and its evolutionary basis for understanding motivations for behaviour

2) Be able to understand criminogenic need from an evolutionary context

3) Be able to apply a compassionate formulation to criminogenic need

4) Learn approaches for working self-criticism, shame, humiliation and guilt.

5) Learn approaches to develop compassion in clients in order to facilitate capacities for self-regulation and guilt

This workshop assumes previous training or experience in using CFT therefore it is not recommended for beginners.

You can join the discussion list for the CFT in Forensics Special Interest Group by emailing

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This course is for

Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Those who have completed previous trainings
Practitioners who have completed Role Taking in Compassion Focused Therapy I, Compassion Focused Staff Support and/or Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy

Background Reading

Taylor, J. (2017). Compassion focused working in secure forensic care. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 3(4), 287-293.

Taylor J., Akerman G., Hocken K. (2020) Cultivating Compassion Focussed Practice for Those Who Have Committed Sexual Offences. In: Swaby H., Winder B., Lievesley R., Hocken K., Blagden N., Banyard P. (eds) Sexual Crime and Trauma. Sexual Crime. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Taylor, J. & Hocken, K. (2021). People hurt People: Reconceptualising criminogenic need to accommodate evolution and adverse life experiences.  Journal of Forensic Practice.

Taylor, J. (2021). Using compassion focused therapy as a trauma sensitive intervention for men with sexual convictions. A pilot study. Advances in Intellectual Disability and Mental Health.

Davies, J. & Nagi, C. (2017) (eds) Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings. London: Routledge

Gilbert, P. (2018) Living Like Crazy. Annwyn House

Gilbert, P. (2010) Compassion Focused Therapy Distinctive Features Series. London: Routledge

Gilbert. P. (2009). The Compassionate Mind. Robinson

Irons, C. & Beaumont, E. (2017) The Compassionate Mind Workbook. Robinson

Kolts, R. L. (2012) The Compassionate Mind Approach to Managing your Anger. Robinson.

Walton, J. & Hocken, K. (forthcoming) Compassion and acceptance as interventions for paraphilic disorders and sexual offending Behaviour. In Akerman, G.; Perkins, D. & Bartels, R. (eds) Assessing and Managing Deviant Sexual Interest and Arousal.

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Jon Taylor

Dr Jon Taylor

Forensic Psychologist

Dr Jon Taylor is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist and Psychotherapist who has worked in range of prison, secure hospital and community forensic settings for almost 30 years. With a keen interest in developing a rich understanding of the role of trauma in the lives of those who develop offending behaviours, Jon is committed to promoting and modelling a compassionate and co-operative approach to all aspects of forensic service provision. Jon is a Co-Founder of Compassionate Mind Foundation's CFT in Forensics Special Interest Group. 

Dr Kerensa Hocken

Dr Kerensa Hocken

Forensic Psychologist

Dr Kerensa Hocken is a registered forensic psychologist. She has worked with people convicted of sexual offences for 20 years and has responsibility for the strategic development of custodial sexual offending services in the Midlands region of the UK. In 2016 she was the winner of the prestigious Butler Trust award for excellence in correctional services, presented by Princess Anne. Kerensa is a trustee and co-founder of the Safer Living Foundation (SLF), a charity to prevent sexual abuse by working with those who have offended or are at risk of, committing a sexual offence. Kerensa is a member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and cofounder of the CFT forensic special interest group. She is one of the leading trainers in the UK for forensic CFT and has several publications on the application of CFT to forensic practice.

Jon and Kerensa

Jon and Kerensa

Together, Jon and Kerensa have undertaken post-graduate therapy training and supervision with Paul Gilbert, the founder of CFT and have used CFT in clinical practice for several years. They are the co-founders of the pioneering CFT in forensics special interest group that brings together professionals from all over the world with the aim of furthering CFT in forensic practice and research. Jon and Kerensa are the leading trainers in the UK for forensic CFT and they have several publications on the application of CFT to forensic practice.


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.

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

Unfortunately, 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.

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

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.

When will I receive the login details?

We will send joining instructions, including the Zoom workshop link, one week before the start date.

Will I get a certificate of attendance?

Yes, all delegates will received a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course. This will be emailed to you, so please ensure that your details are correct on registration.


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.