Compassion Focused Therapy with Older People

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November 28, 2024
November 28, 2024
Compassion Focused Therapy with Older People



This workshop will be 7 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.

About this workshop

The workshop will touch on the pervasiveness of our society’s dysconscious ageism which influences our organizational offers and our own clinical thinking, it will question what we mean by ageing, reflect on types of ageing and who needs ‘Older Adult’ services. It will encourage attendees of the workshop to reflect on their own assumptions guiding decision-making, and participate in small-group discussions.


The energy of the workshop will move onto practical considerations when working with Older People; using examples from Rebecca’s clinical practice in working with different groups for Older People living with severe Mental Health distress, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Trauma/Complex Emotional Needs. Delegates will also be encouraged to bring their own clinical dilemmas to the discussion. We will discuss dilemmas and challenges which may more frequently present themselves in later life, including losses of role, bereavement, the challenges of living with a physical body that may fail the emotional needs of the person, and the reliance on formal care from others. And specifically we will discuss how this may trigger strong responses such as shame, and the interface and relevance of compassion at such times.


Bringing in her training as a Neuropsychologist, Rebecca will encourage delegates to consider how the ageing brain may process therapeutic information differently, what adaptations may need to be made to our clinical practice to ensure optimal accessibility, and consider both the tensions and benefits of working with the cultures of age-cohorts which may be different from our own. Finally the workshop will reflect on the systemic differences that may be present when working with Older People, and how the model of CFT responds to working with older couples, and multi-generational adults within families.


The workshop will encourage delegates to bring their experiences of being alongside Older People, whether professionally or personally, and hopefully leave the workshop with some practical tools for their own work settings.

Online over Zoom

Recommended Reading

Altavilla, A., & Strudwick, A. (2022). Age Inclusive Compassion-Focused Therapy: a Pilot Group Evaluation. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 15(2), 209-230.

Brown, L., Huffman, J. C., & Bryant, C. (2019). Self-compassionate aging: A systematic review. The Gerontologist, 59(4), e311-e324.

Collins, R. N., Gilligan, L. J., & Poz, R. (2018). The evaluation of a compassion-focused therapy group for couples experiencing a dementia diagnosis. Clinical gerontologist, 41(5), 474-486.

McConnell, F. (2021) Compassion focused therapy: exploring mechanisms of change and investigating the feasibility of a transdiagnostic group for older adults (Doctoral dissertation, University of Glasgow)

Malaktaris, A., Lang, A. J., Casmar, P., Baca, S., Hurst, S., Jeste, D. V., & Palmer, B. W. (2022) Pilot study of compassion meditation training to improve well-being among older adults. Clinical gerontologist, 45(2), 287-300.

Zarotti, N., Poz, R., & Fisher, P. (2023). Compassion-Focused therapy for an older adult with motor functional neurological disorder: A case study. Clinical Gerontologist, 46(3), 457-466.

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

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Rebecca Poz

Dr Rebecca Poz


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.

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

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.


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.