Innovative Approaches to Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy

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July 8, 2024
July 9, 2024
Innovative Approaches to Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy


This workshop will be 14 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop via email.

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.


This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £215.

For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk‍


All timings are according to BST (GMT+1): 09:30-16:30 both days

Requirement: As this is an intermediate workshop, delegates will be required to have attended an Introduction to CFT workshop (2/3 days), either with ourselves or another provider. Please get in touch if you are unsure of your qualifications.

‍About this course

During this training, we will explore how to implement CFT into group therapy in theoretical as well as experiential ways. This workshop will provide both didactic and experiential training with an emphasis on learning together. Our view is that experiential education is both an effective and interesting way to grasp the various concepts we will cover… so, please come ready to participate throughout.

Over the course of this workshop, participants will receive didactic training on the basics of group therapy including the importance of group induction and group composition, how we can help clients see the potential benefits of group therapy, how we can help clients address their own fears/blocks/resistances to attending group therapy, and how we can help clients (and perhaps clinicians) dispel the typical myths associated with group therapy. We will also explore ways that group leaders can co-lead effectively and provide strategies and tips to do so. Workshop participants will also be given instruction on how to assess the functioning of a group using a routine outcome monitoring measure; the Group Questionnaire (GQ).

Group therapy seems to be a particularly fertile ground to encourage the three flows of compassion in real-time with peers rather than clinicians. Using experiences from workshop participants, we will discuss ways that a CFT focused group are both similar to and different than other groups. Together, we will explore a CFT group therapy manual that was developed under the direction of Paul Gilbert, Nicola Petrocchi, and James Kirby and discuss ways to use this manual in working with clients.

In this workshop, we assume that most attendees will have had exposure to CFT, and at least some exposure to group therapy. To provide participants a sense of how CFT can be ideal for a group setting, we will engage in a group experience using multiple fishbowl-style demonstration groups. Following each demonstration session, we will process reactions from group participants and observers. Given the likelihood that many will have significant CFT experience, we will work together to address questions that arise. During the experiential demonstration groups, we will integrate and focus on:

  1. Group Process
  • Discussing fears/blocks/resistances
  • Here and now interactions- help highlight ways that groups experience the various three flows of compassion in real-time
  1. Psychoeducation
  2. Experiential activities (practiced together)

This training will also make space to talk about specific case examples and process together ways to move forward in incorporating CFT into group psychotherapy.

Online over Zoom

Recommended Readings

  • Cattani, K., Griner, D., Erekson, D.M., Burlingame, G.M., Beecher, M.E. & Alldredge, C. (In Press) Compassion Focused Group Therapy for University Counseling Centers: A Clinician’s Guide. Routledge.
  • Lundgreen, R., Alldredge, C., Cattani, K., Griner, D., Erekson, D.M., Burlingame, G.M.,& Beecher, M.E. (In Press) Compassion Focused Therapy Participant Workbook. Routledge.
  • Gilbert, P. & Choden (2015). Mindful Compassion. Robinson.
  • Griner, D., Beecher, M. E., Burlingame, G. M., Erekson, D. M., & Cattani, K. (2022). Compassion focused therapy in groups. In P. Gilbert, G. Simos (Eds.). Compassion focused therapy: Clinical Practice and Application (pp. 413-426). Routledge.
  • Griner, D., Beecher, M. E., Brown, L. B., Millet, A. J., Worthen, V., Boardman, R. D., Hansen, K., Cox, J.C., & Gleave, R. L. (2018). Practice-based evidence can help! Using the Group Questionnaire to enhance clinical practice. Psychotherapy, 55(2), 196.

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 Derek Griner

Dr Derek Griner

Counselling Psychologist


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

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

Will this workshop be recorded?

Yes, this workshop will be recorded on zoom. Once the workshop has finished all delegates will receive a follow-up email with the links to view these along with any extra resources. These will be available to view for around 3 months post-event. The recordings are edited, so will be made available roughly a week after the workshop has finished.

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.

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.

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.