Compassion Focused Therapy for Groups (June 2020)

This is a three day workshop in DERBY: 10-12 June 2020

Conference Details

Presented By: Kate Lucre

Date/Time: 10th June 2020 at 9:00am until 12th June 2020 at 4:30pm

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

Location: Derby

Ticket Information
Standard Rate
Student Rate

Please quote your student number when booking. This rate is also available to those on a low wage, benefits, OAP, etc - to apply for this rate, please email


Event Description

Dates and times: Wednesday 10th June: 10:00 - 17.00 | Thursday 11th June: 9.30 - 17.00 | Friday 12th June: 9.30 - 16.30

Registration is from 9am each morning. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, as will a CPD certificate. 


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was developed by Professor 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 with a specific focus 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.

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

Additional Information

This workshop will combine a theoretical overview of Compassion Focused Psychotherapy 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.

There will be a range of experiential exercises, focusing on developing personal practice in self-compassion and delivering psychotherapeutic interventions. Role play practice 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.

This workshop has been designed for practitioners, therapists and clinicians who wish to develop their knowledge and practice of exploratory psychotherapy with structured components to provide a more accessible pathway.

This workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of the evolutionary psychology model of CFT as it relates to groupwork. Access will also be given to a personal practice CD 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.


Useful 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 & Psychotherapy13: 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 teamInternational Journal of Cognitive TherapySpecial 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.


Workshop Leader 

Kate Lucre 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 at


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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.