Compassion Focused Therapy for Voice-Hearing and Delusions in Psychosis

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November 21, 2024
November 22, 2024
Compassion Focused Therapy for Voice-Hearing and Delusions in Psychosis

This workshop will be 15 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive an certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop. For those who are unable to attend all of the live broadcast, this workshop will be recorded, and recordings will be available for up to one month after the live broadcast for you to watch in your own time. We will host this workshop via Zoom Meetings, and will send all relevant joining instructions a week before the workshop.

This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £215.00. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk

‍All timings are according to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT): 09:00 - 16:30 both days

This workshop will outline the CFT psychoeducation of how evolution has set humans up with a tricky brain that has a natural threat bias that can incline towards dissociating, problematic attention, and over-estimating threat (i.e. ‘better safe than sorry’). It will guide participants through the CFT formulation of voice-hearing and delusional beliefs, which focuses on their (protective) function for people, particularly in the context of interpersonal threat and trauma. Building on these de-shaming foundations in psychoeducation and formulation, workshop participants will learn how to support their clients in developing a ‘compassionate self’ identity and how to switch into compassionate mind states that organise multiple physiological processes differently to that of threat states. Participants will learn techniques that support their clients in applying compassionate competencies to achieve therapeutic change, with illustrative examples of interventions such as parts work, voice-dialoguing, imagery, letter-writing, and interventions that use role play, chair work embodiment and acting techniques.

Key learning objectives:

1. The CFT model and its relevance to experiences in psychosis

2. Psychoeducation about evolved brains, with their built-in patterns, emotion systems, and multiple selves

3. How to create internal and external cues of safeness, and cultivate a compassionate self

4. Techniques to facilitate compassionate relating to self, others, voices, and to parts that strongly hold beliefs

Online (via Zoom)


Braehler, C., Gumley, A.I., Harper, J. et al. (2013). Exploring change processes in compassion focused therapy in psychosis: results of a feasibility randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52(2), 199-214.

Fleming, A., & Heriot-Maitland, C. (2023). Compassion-Focussed Therapy for Voices and Unusual Experiences. In Díaz-Garrido, J.A.; Zúñiga, R.' Laffite, H & Morris, E (eds) Psychological Interventions for Psychosis: Towards a Paradigm Shift. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 559-586

Gumley, A., Braehler, C., Laithwaite, H. et al. (2010). A compassion focused model of recovery after psychosis. International Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 3(2), 186-201.

Heriot-Maitland, C. (2023) Position Paper - CFT for Psychosis. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

Heriot‐Maitland, C., Gumley, A., Wykes, T., Longden, E., Irons, C., Gilbert, P., & Peters, E. (2023). A case series study of compassion‐focused therapy for distressing experiences in psychosis. British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Heriot-Maitland, C., & Longden, E. (2022). Relating to voices using compassion focused therapy: A self-help companion. Routledge.

Heriot-Maitland, C., McCarthy-Jones, S., Longden, E. & Gilbert, P. (2019). Compassion focused approaches to working with distressing voices. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 152.

Heriot-Maitland, C., & Murphy, N. (2023). A Compassion-Focused Approach to Working with Problematic Belief Systems. In S. Cheli & P.H. Lysaker (eds) A Dimensional Approach to Schizotypy: Conceptualization and Treatment (pp. 157-175). Cham: Springer International Publishing; pp.157-175.

Hickey, T., Strohmaier, S., Fossey, E., & Heriot-Maitland, C. (2024) The Acceptability and Impact of a Video on Compassion Focused Therapy as a Psycho-Educative Tool to Deepen Awareness around Voice-Hearing. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 9(2), 1-13.


Compassion For Voices: Stuart Video. Charlies discusses the video here.

Compassion for Voices - Science and Application (2016) by Charlie for ISPS

The Voices in My Head (2013) Eleanor Longden's TED talk

This course is for

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

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

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.

I might have to miss a session due to prior commitments. Can I catch up later?

Yes, this absolutley fine. The workshop will be recorded, and you'll be able to catch up on anything you've missed for up to a month after the live broadcast.

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

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.

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.