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Role Taking in Compassion Focused Therapy II

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September 17, 2021
September 17, 2021

Timings and Registration

Registration is from 13.45hrs, and the workshop will run from 14.00-18.00 BST.

This workshop will be 4 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive an certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop. We will host this workshop via Zoom Meetings, and will send all relevant joining instructions a week before the workshop. The workshop has been designed to be interactive and to give delegates as much of the experience and content as a physical workshop as possible. As there will be instances of group work and reflection, we therefore ask delegates to attend live.

This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £25. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact

Role Taking in Compassion Focused Therapy II

About this Course

This half day will build on the first webinar which introduced Role Taking  particularly in the context of developing a compassionate identity through  the compassionate kitbag. This webinar will also be practice focused, exploring the utility of role taking with aspects of the self (e.g. the  internal critic) or with others in the context of relational exploration.  


Role taking has a variety of practical therapeutic applications from building capacity in  compassion to exploring and understanding multiples aspects of self and as a  tool for mentalising with others.

This highly experiential webinar will  introduce the adaptation  and use of role theory within compassion focused therapy as a mean of  deepening the emotional connection to and understanding of the multiple  aspects of the self. With a view to then integrating, bringing compassion and  healing to the wounded, defended aspects of the self.

This  therapeutic technique will be explored in the context of working with  attachment trauma, interpersonal difficulties and those at the edge of  therapeutic opportunity, however the workshop will be relevant for those  working across the spectrum of human struggle.

Following  the introduction to role taking and the varied applications of this  technique, this webinar will be offered as a part 2. We will build on  the personal practice and compassionate kitbag focus and application of  role taking to the exploration of the utility of this technique in more  exploratory Compassion Focused Therapy work. 

Role  play demonstrations of role taking with the inner critic, defended aspects of  the client as well as other people will be followed by  opportunities to role play practice in small groups. 


Learning objectives


1.        Working with Fears, Blocks, Resistance and Contempt for compassion in CFT

2.        Further developing practical skills in role taking with more complex material, aspects of the self or  others

3.        Opportunity for supervisory element on role taking work already undertaken


 If you missed Part One, please contact as a recording of this is available.


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This course is for

Healthcare Professionals
Those working within the healthcare profession
Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Those who have completed previous trainings
Practitioners who have completed Role Taking in Compassion Focused Therapy I, Compassion Focused Staff Support and/or Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy

Recommended Reading

Corsini, R. (2017). Role Playing in Psychotherapy. Routledge.

Craig, C., Hiskey, S., & Spector, A. (2020). Compassion focused therapy: a systematic review of its effectiveness and acceptability in clinical populations. Expert review of neurotherapeutics, 20(4), 385-400.

Falconer, C. J., Slater, M., Rovira, A., King, J. A., Gilbert, P., Antley, A., & Brewin, C. R. (2014). Embodying compassion: a virtual reality paradigm for overcoming excessive self-criticism. PloS one, 9(11), e111933.

Gilbert, P. (2020) Compassion: From Its Evolution to a Psychotherapy, Frontiers in Psychology, 9 December 2020 |

Gilbert, P., McEwan, K., Matos, M., & Rivis, A. (2011). Fears of compassion: Development of three self‐report measures. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 84(3), 239-255.

Hermanto, N., Zuroff, D. C., Kopala-Sibley, D. C., Kelly, A. C., Matos, M., Gilbert, P., & Koestner, R. (2016). Ability to receive compassion from others buffers the depressogenic effect of self-criticism: A cross-cultural multi-study analysis. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 324-332.

Lucre, K & Clapton, N. (2020) The Compassionate Kitbag:  A creative and integrative approach to compassion-focused therapy. Psychology & Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Jul 8 2020:e12291. doi: 10.1111/papt.12291. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32639097.  

Lucre, K. M., & Corten, N. (2013). An exploration of group compassion‐focused therapy for personality disorder. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 86(4), 387-400.

Petrocchi, N., Dentale, F., & Gilbert, P. (2019). Self‐reassurance, not self‐esteem, serves as a buffer between self‐criticism and depressive symptoms. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 92(3), 394-406.

See Kate Lucre discuss the compassion kitbag with Deirdre Fay here.

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Kate Lucre

Dr Kate Lucre


Kate is a Birmingham based Compassion Focused Therapist and Supervisor specialising in the use of CFT for complex trauma, personality and relational difficulties for groups and individual. She is the regional supervision coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and also runs workshops for the Foundation and across the UK on CFT for Groups and Compassion Focused Staff Support and Supervision. Kate offers CFT supervision in groups and individually, including a monthly international  Supervision Group for therapists involved in the provision of CFT groups. She has have published data on Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy and is currently completing a PhD in CFT at Birmingham University evaluating a 12 month CFGP programme for people with severe personality disorder. Kate is also involved in a number of UK wide research projects developing and evaluating Compassion Focused Staff Support Initiatives. You can see some of her past presentations and work by clicking here.


Can I watch the recordings after the live broadcast?

Unfortunately, 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. If time zones are an issue, please contact us and we'll see if we can arrange something to meet your timezone.

When will I receive the login details?

We will send joining instructions, including the Zoom workshop link, one week before the start date.

Will I get a certificate of attendance?

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

What if I am unable to attend?

If you find you are unable to attend this course, please email our admin team via 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.

My employer will be paying for this course. Can you arrange for an invoice?

Yes, this is no problem at all. You can download the booking form at the bottom of the 'Prices' section.


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 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.