Compassion Focused Therapy for Groups

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May 1, 2024
May 3, 2024
Compassion Focused Therapy for Groups


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.

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.

Given the current context and limitations due to the online platform, this workshop will focus on developing groups online, 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 psychotherapeutic interventions online. 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. These exercises will focus on way of cultivating safeness and working therapeutically online.

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.


Online via Zoom

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 & 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.

This course is for

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
Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Kate Lucre

Dr Kate Lucre



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.

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.

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

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.


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.