The Compassion Focused Approach to Perinatal Distress

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October 16, 2024
October 18, 2024
The Compassion Focused Approach to Perinatal Distress


This workshop will be 20 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion. This workshop will be recorded, and recordings will be available for up to three months after the live broadcast for you to watch in your own time.
This workshop will be hosted via Zoom Meetings and all relevant joining instructions will be sent a week before the workshop.‍


This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £299. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk‍


All timings are according to UK BST (GMT+1)
Day One: 09:30 - 17.00 | Day Two: 09.30 - 17:00 | Day Three: 09.30 - 16:30

About this course

Having a baby can be a time of great joy, but also potentially a time of mixed emotions and difficult experiences. Changes occur within our body, brain, and of course in our lives too. These can be helpful and wonderful but can also make us feel unsteady, sometimes deeply so. The mind we, and others relate to us with, at this time can be particularly important and powerful, both in terms of ourselves as parents, but also for our baby too.

This workshop will look at the complexity of changes that occur when we become pregnant and have a baby and the particular impact of developing our compassionate mind during this important time.

It will give practical experience of how we develop the compassionate mind during the perinatal period with particular reference to some of the most common and challenging experiences. Knowledge of the basics of Compassion Focused Therapy would be useful.

Following this workshop participants are entitled to apply to join the compassion discussion list which is an international list for individuals who are committed to compassion focused therapy. It is not a general list of compassion interests.

Learning Objectives

To come away with some knowledge of:

1. The evolved motivations connecting the parent and child.

2. The changes that occur during the process of pregnancy and parenting

3. Working from a CFT perspective with some of the challenges people may experience in the perinatal period.

4. Practices that can help both the practitioner and their client manage what can be deeply challenging work.

Online over Zoom

Further Reading

The Compassionate Mind Approach To Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding by Michelle Cree

The default response to uncertainty and the importance of perceived safety in anxiety and stress: An evolution-theoretical perspective. -https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27259803/

Brosschot JF, Verkuil B, Thayer JF.J Anxiety Disord. 2016 Jun;41:22-34. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2016.04.012. Epub 2016 May 7.

Hoekzema, E., Barba-Müller, E., Pozzobon, C. et al. Pregnancy leads to long-lasting changes in human brain structure. Nat Neurosci 20, 287–296 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.4458

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

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Ashleigh McLellan

Dr Ashleigh McLellan

Clinical Psychologist
Dr Katie Splevins

Dr Katie Splevins

Clinical Psychologist


Do I need any prior knowledge of CFT?

This workshop does cover some of the basics of the CFT model so this has been advertised as a beginner level workshop, however we do recommend some prior training or experience of CFT as the trainers will not have time to address this in depth.

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.

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

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.


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.