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An Introduction to Theory & Practice of Compassion Focused Therapy

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Level
Beginner
Price
£250.00
Duration
3
days
Dates
July 14, 2021
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July 16, 2021

Timings and Registration

This workshop will be 20 hours for towards your CPD, and you will receive an certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop. For those who are unable to attend 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 £250. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk

All timings are according to British Summer Time (BST)

Day One: 09:30 - 17.00

Day Two: 09.30 - 17:00

Day Three: 09.30 - 16.30

An Introduction to Theory & Practice of Compassion Focused Therapy

About this course

Compassion focused therapy is rooted in an evolutionary model of human psychology. Participants on the course will be introduced to the difficulties that the human brain encounters because of its evolutionary history and the way in which old motivation and emotional systems interact with newly evolved cognitive competencies and intelligences. For example, humans are the only species that self-monitor in a particular way and while this has advantages, it is also is a source for a lot of shame, anxiety and depression.

Participants will also be introduced to the three affect regulation systems linked to threat awareness and coping, reward and resource seeking, and contentment and soothing -- and how they form complex patterns within the mind. Participants will learn how early life experiences can shape the organisation of our emotions increasing our dispositions towards threat based emotions that underpin a lot of mental health difficulties.

Additional Information

In the introduction a particular focus will be on a trans-diagnostic problem that sits underneath many mental health problems which is shame and high levels of self-criticism. Shame and self-criticism can accentuate and maintain difficulties and can complicate and undermine therapeutic efforts. These individuals often come from abusive/bullying, neglectful and/or demanding/critical backgrounds, and have difficulties in regulating emotions through affiliative and soothing systems. Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training were developed with, and for, people from such backgrounds to address chronic problems associated with shame and self-criticism.

This workshop will help participants bring an evolutionary framework to the conceptualisation of mental health problems and their alleviation. This workshop draws on new research on the nature of different types of positive affect (activating verses soothing). Using these insights with an evolutionary and attachment focus the workshop explores the components of self-compassion and how the application for self-compassion can facilitate and promote well-being. The fears, blocks and resistances to self-compassion will be explored. The workshop covers the following materials:

*Introduction to the evolutionary model of human psychology and vulnerability to mental health difficulties

*Understanding an evolutionary approach to affect regulation and affect dysregulation

*The role of attachment and early secure base and safe haven for development and compassion cultivation

*The nature of the two psychologies compassion with a 12 constituent elements and their link to the care- giving and receiving motivational systems

*Compassion as flow: compassion to others, been open to compassion from others and self-compassion

*Practices that stimulate compassionate mental states and build a sense of the compassionate self-identity

*How to use compassionate mental states and the sense a grounded compassionate self to address problems such as self-criticism and shame

*Therapy as creating different patterns in the mind conducive to well-being

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This course is for

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

Recommended Reading

Cozolino, L. (2007). The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Brain. New York: Norton

Dalai Lama. (1995). The Power of Compassion. India: HarperCollins.

Fredrickson, B,L., Cohn, M,A., Coffey, K,A,  Pek, J., & Finkel. S,A.  (2008). Open hearts build lives: positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness mediation, build consequential personal resources, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1045-62. You can download this via academia.edu by clicking here.

Gerhardt, S. (2004). Why Love Matters. How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain. London: Bruner-Routledge.

Germer, C. (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. New York: Guilford.

Gilbert, P. (2020) Compassion: From its evolution to a psychotherapy, Frontiers in Psychology, 11: 586161

Gilbert, P. (2018) Living Like Crazy. Annwyn House

Gilbert, P. (ed) (2017) Compassion: Concepts, Research and Application. Routledge

Gilbert, P. (2010) Compassion Focused Therapy Distinctive Features Series. London: Routledge

Gilbert. P. (2009). The Compassionate Mind. Robinson

Gilbert P. (2007). Psychotherapy and Counselling for Depression (3rd edition): London. Sage.

Gilbert, P. (2000)  Social mentalities: Internal ‘social’ conflicts & the role of inner-warmth & compassion in cognitive therapy. In P.Gilbert & K.G. Bailey (Eds).  Genes on the Couch: Explorations in Evolutionary Psychotherapy.  London: Routledge.

Gilbert, P. & Irons, C. (2005).  Therapies for shame and self-attacking, using cognitive, behavioural, emotional imagery, and compassionate mind training.  In P.Gilbert (Ed) Compassion: Conceptualisations, Research and use in Psychotherapy.  London: Routledge.

Glasser, A. (2005). A Call to Compassion: Bringing Buddhist Practices of the Heart into the Soul of Psychotherapy. Berwick Maine: Nicolas-Hays.

Irons, C. & Beaumont, E. (2017) The Compassionate Mind Workbook. Robinson

Kolts, R. L. (2016) CFT Made Simple: A Clinician's Guide to Practising Compassion Focused Therapy. New Harbinger.

Leary, M.R., Tate, E.B., Adams, C.E.,  Allen, A.B. & Hancock, J. (2007). Self-Compassion and reactions to unpleasant self-relevant events: The implications of treating oneself kindly. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 887-904. There are optoins to access this article by clicking here.

Lee, D. (2005) The perfect nurturer: A model to develop a compassionate mind within the context of cognitive therapy. In P.Gilbert (Ed) Compassion: Conceptualisations, Research and use in Psychotherapy.  London:  Routledge

Mikulincer, M. & Shaver, P.R. (2007) Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change. New York: Guilford

Welford, M. (2016) Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies. John Wiley & Sons.

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Chris Irons

Dr Chris Irons

Clinical Psychologist

Chris is a Clinical Psychologist, and completed his training at the University of Sheffield (UK). He has many years of experience working in the NHS, and is now co-director of Balanced Minds where, he provides psychological assessment, formulation, therapy and training courses. In his clinical work, he uses CFT in working with people with a wide range of mental and physical health distress.

Chris has worked with Paul Gilbert, since 1999, and has been interested in the theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of Compassion Focused Therapy as a science based psychotherapeutic approach. He is one of the leading trainers and supervisors of Compassion Focused Therapy, and regularly presents in the UK and internationally on CFT and self-compassion.

Chris gained his research Ph.D from the University of Derby (UK) under the supervision of Paul Gilbert, and has published many research articles and book chapters on Compassion Focused Therapy. He is the authored of The Compassionate Mind Approach to working with Difficult Emotions and Depression (Macmillan Insights in Psychology Series) and is a co-author of The Compassionate Mind Workbook, Managing Stress (Pocket Study Skills) and Experiencing Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out.

Dr Shelley Kerr

Dr Shelley Kerr

Clinical Psychologist

Shelley is a Clinical Psychologist who works for the NHS, in private practice and is part of Balanced Minds. She gained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) in 2008. Her doctorate research focused on the healing potential of gratitude and kindness. Shelley has extensive, specialist experience in working with people struggling with intense unstable emotions, relationship difficulties, trauma, self harm and suicidal behaviours.

She is a passionate Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) therapist, and is an accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) therapist with extensive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) experience. Over the past 5 years, Shelley has increasingly developed her compassion focused practice. In this work, she has seen the power of compassion in releasing people from the suffering that comes with cycles of shame and self criticism. As a result of this experience together with the growing body of evidence for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Shelley takes a compassion focused approach to therapy and maintains focus on trying to cultivate mindfulness and compassion her in every day life.

FAQs

Is this course suitable for someone new to CFT?

Yes, this course is suitable for those who are new to CFT, although some knowledge of the basics may be helpful.

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 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.

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?

Yes, all delegates will received a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.

Prices

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.