Workshops and Conferences

We run a variety of workshops for practitioners covering the theory and practice of Compassion Focused Therapy. We deliver an annual International Conference and you can find out more about our 2016 conference here.

Introductory Workshop

Compassion Focused Therapy is rooted in an evolutionary model of human psychology. Participants on this course will be introduced to the difficulties that the human brain encounters as a result of its evolutionary history. We explore the way in which old motivation and emotional systems interact with newly evolved cognitive competencies and intelligences, causing difficulty and complexity in the mind.

This workshop enables participants to bring an evolutionary framework to the conceptualisation of mental health problems and their alleviation. Participants will learn:

  • How the human ability to self-monitor can be a source of shame, anxiety and depression
  • How the three-affect regulation system (threat awareness & coping, reward & resource seeking, and contentment & soothing) forms complex patterns within the mind
  • How early life experiences can shape the organisation of our emotions and underpin mental health difficulties

We then explore the components of self-compassion and how its application can facilitate and promote wellbeing. The fears, blocks and resistances to self-compassion are also studied.

Participants complete the workshop with an understanding of compassion as flow: compassion to others, being open to compassion from others, and compassion towards oneself. The course is designed to encourage the use of practices that stimulate compassionate mental states and those that build a sense of the compassionate-self identity.

Advanced Clinical Skills Workshop

This three-day workshop is designed for practitioners who have some training and experience in using Compassion Focused Therapy. We suggest leaving approximately six months after completing the introductory workshop to allow for time to practice what was learnt before progressing to this course.

Throughout the workshop participants will develop:

  • A deeper understanding of the nature of compassion
  • The tools to work compassion into the therapeutic relationship
  • The ability to use functional analysis to work with self-criticism and shame
  • Methods to explain and explore the interaction between threat-based emotions such as anger, anxiety and sadness
  • The skills to use chair work to engage in different aspects of the self
  • Ways of deepening the concepts of the compassionate self and compassionate image
  • Ways of working with the fear and resistance to compassion.

This workshop is experiential and practice-based, allowing for in-depth learning and immersion in the compassionate therapeutic relationship. Participants engage in therapist-client role-plays where they practice the specific skills required for particular interventions.

N.B. Bookings require some proof of prior compassion focused training and / or practice.

Other opportunities to learn

We currently have two Compassion Focused Therapy courses running through two UK universities, Derby University and Birmingham University.

We are developing an International Training Programme to expand the reach of Compassion Focused Therapy globally. More information will follow shortly.

We also hold an Annual International Conference where people with an interest in CFT from across the world come together to share ideas and research.

Our current programme of workshops is predominantly aimed at existing practitioners, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, registered nurses, occupational therapists, counsellors & psychotherapists and social workers.

If you are not a trained clinician and would like to gain more insight into compassion-focused approaches, please see our page for individuals.

Advertise Your Workshop

If you would like to advertise your organisation's workshop on our website, our through our mailing lst, please contact us for further information and pricing.