Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders

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November 13, 2024
November 14, 2024
Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders


Wednesday13th November: 9:30 am - 4.30 pm | Thursday 14th November: 9.30 am - 4:30 pm (UK GMT).


This workshop will be 14 hours towards your CPD points.

There is normal formal registration, a member of the CMF admin team will be on hand and will take a register from the attendance list. For this reason, please make sure your display name is correct.

About this Course

CFT-E is an evidence-based treatment that is highly effective for people with a range of difficulties with eating disorders/disordered eating.

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/eating distress to improve therapeutic outcomes and support long term recovery. It is aimed at health professionals who are working, or want to work, therapeutically with people with an eating disorder and explore if this approach would be useful in their clinical work.

The workshop outlines how CFT-E teaches clients skills to recognise and regulate their emotions, enhance their compassionate motivation to change, address thoughts and feelings linked to eating disordered eating (including shame self-criticism), make clinically significant changes in their behaviours. It will explore how this transdiagnostic approach can be with people range of eating disorder diagnosis (including Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa, OSFED, Binge Eating Disorder) and overeating associated with emotional distress. It will also explore how it can be used in group, individual, online, guided self-help and inpatient settings.

During the workshop you will be introduced to the CFT-E formulation and treatment model, including the aims and flow of therapy, and a session-by-session outline for clinical delivery. It will also outline the evidence that supports incorporating CFT-E into mainstream care, including recent controlled and randomised controlled trials.

The workshop consists of didactic teaching, role plays and case discussion. There will also be time to think about how you might use this model in your own clinical practice/service.).

It is an entry level workshop, and no previous knowledge of CFT or eating disorders/disordered eating are required.


Online over Zoom.

Links and joining instructions will be emailed to all delegates roughly a week before the workshop starts.

Recommended Reading

Goss, K. & Allan, S. (2010) Compassion focused therapy for eating disorders. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy 3 (2):141-158

Gale, C., Gilbert, P., Read, N., & Goss, K. (2012) An evaluation of the impact of introducing Compassion Focused Therapy to a standard treatment program for people with eating disorders. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. In press.

Gilbert, P. (2009) The Compassionate Mind. A New Approach to the Challenges of Life. London: Constable & Robinson.

Gilbert, P. (2009) An introduction to compassion focused therapy. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 15, 199-208.

Gilbert, P. (2010) Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features. London: Routledge. Gilbert, P. (ed.) (2010) Compassion Focused Therapy: Special Issue. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. 3, 97-201

This course is for

Healthcare Professionals
Those working within the healthcare profession
Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Ken Goss

Dr Ken Goss

Clinical Psychologist


Can I watch the recordings in my own time?

We understand that, due to time differences, it may not be possible for you to attend all of this training live with us. With that in mind, the workshop will be recorded, and you'll have access to the recordings for a month after the live broadcast to watch in your own time.

If you're unable to attend for the entire duration, please email hello@compassionatemind.co.uk to let us know, as non-attendees will not receive a certificate unless we are informed of your circumstances.

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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.