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Compassion Focused Therapy for Groups

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September 7, 2022
September 9, 2022

Timings and Registration

‍This workshop will be 20 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive an 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 - £375.00  expires on 23rd Jul 2022

Student Rate - £315.00

Standard Rate - £475.00

For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact

‍All timings are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):

Day 1 - 10:00 - 17:00

Day 2 - 09:30 - 17:00

Day 3 - 09:30 - 16:30

Compassion Focused Therapy for Groups

‍About this course

Compassion Focused Therapy was developed by Paul Gilbert to address difficulties associated with shame and self-criticism, manifest in a broad range of psychological and emotional difficulty. As a model of human suffering and wellbeing, CFT is now being used not only in a wide range of clinical settings, from primary care to secure forensic services, but also in educational and organisational settings. This workshop will offer an overview of the CFT framework for group-based interventions with a specific focus on the application of Compassion Focused Group psychotherapy (CFGP). CFGP provides a model of containment and attachment which is necessary when working at the edge of therapeutic opportunity with complex, relational and attachment trauma.

This workshop will combine a theoretical overview of Compassion Focused Therapy as it applies to the practice of group work, with practical suggestions for developing and managing the dynamics of all aspects of group psychotherapy. We will cover groups across the spectrum of complexity and duration from short term psycho-educative programmes aimed at primary care through to long term trauma-focused psychotherapy with hard to reach clients. We will also cover working with complexity, relational difficulties and attachment trauma, but focusing on supporting patients in these current times of uncertainty.

This workshop will focus on developing groups, transitioning from F2F to online and back again. There will be a range of experiential exercises, focusing on developing personal practice in self-compassion and delivering psycho-therapeutic interventions. Role-play practise opportunities will be offered with small group discussions regarding referral criteria, managing safety and using an evolutionary psychology model to cultivate compassion as the basis for inner growth and change. These exercises will focus on ways of cultivating safeness and working therapeutically F2F.

Access will also be given to a personal practice sound cloud and a comprehensive resource pack tailored to the requirements of the group. It is expected that participants in this workshop will gain theoretical and practice-based knowledge about the application of the CFT to groupwork and group dynamics and have the basis upon which to develop groupwork programmes.

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Location Details

Holiday Inn Derby - Riverlights




Telephone: 00800 80 80 0800


To see this venue on googlemaps, please click here.

Accommodation is available at the hotel. For a list of other places to stay in Derby, please click here.

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

Recommended Reading

‍Cuppage, J. , Baird, K. , Gibson, J. , Booth, R. and Hevey, D. (2018), Compassion focused therapy: Exploring the effectiveness with a transdiagnostic group and potential processes of change. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57: 240-254

Gilbert, P. & Proctor, S. (2006) Compassionate mind training for people with high shame and self‐criticism: overview and pilot study of a group therapy approach, Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 13: 353-379.

Heriot‐Maitland, C.; Vidal, J. B.; Ball, S. & Irons, C. (2014), A compassionate‐focused therapy group approach for acute inpatients: Feasibility, initial pilot outcome data, and recommendations. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53: 78-94

Judge, L.; Cleghorn, A.; McEwan, K., & Gilbert, P (2012). An exploration of Group-Based Compassion Focused Therapy for a heterogeneous range of clients presenting to a community mental health team. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy: Special Section: Emotional Schemas, Emotion Regulation, and Psychopathology, 5: 420-429.

Lucre, K.M. & Corten, N. (2013) An exploration of group compassion-focused therapy for personality disorder, Psychology & Psychotherapy: Research, Theory & Practice. 86 (4): 387-400.

Yalom, I. & Lesczc, (2005) Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. Fifth Edition. Basic Books.

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Kate Lucre

Dr Kate Lucre


Kate is a Birmingham based Compassion Focused Therapist and Supervisor specialising in the use of CFT for complex trauma, personality and relational difficulties for groups and individual. She is the regional supervision coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and also runs workshops for the Foundation and across the UK on CFT for Groups and Compassion Focused Staff Support and Supervision. Kate offers CFT supervision in groups and individually, including a monthly international  Supervision Group for therapists involved in the provision of CFT groups. She has have published data on Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy and is currently completing a PhD in CFT at Birmingham University evaluating a 12 month CFGP programme for people with severe personality disorder. Kate is also involved in a number of UK wide research projects developing and evaluating Compassion Focused Staff Support Initiatives. You can see some of her past presentations and work by clicking here.


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 to let us know, as non-attendees will not receive a certificate unless we are informed of your circumstances.

What if I am unable to attend?

If you find you are unable to attend this course, please email our admin team via 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

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.


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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.