A Compassionate Approach to Recovering from Shame-Based Trauma & PTSD (July 2019)

This is a three days workshop in OXFORD on 1-3 July 2019

Conference Details

Presented By: Prof Deborah Lee

Date/Time: 1st July 2019 at 9:30am until 3rd July 2019 at 5:00pm

Venue: Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD (Leonard Wolfson tiered room)

Location: Oxford

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Student Rate

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Event Description

Registration is from 9.00am on Day 1 and 9.15am on Day 2 and 3. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, as will a CPD certificate.

Shame-based trauma memories are highly distressing and disturbing for most people. High levels of self-criticism appear to maintain the sense of current psychological threat. The personal meaning conveyed in the fragmented images and flashbacks is often painful, condemning and shaming. This 3-day workshop will introduce the use of Compassion Focused Therapy as a way to work with the effect of shame especially in the context of shame based flashbacks and trauma experiences.

This workshop will explore the theoretical and practical understanding of using compassionate images to work with these flashbacks in order to enhance feelings of self-soothing, safeness in the memories and reduce self-critical maintenance cycles. In particular, it will explore the importance of teaching techniques such as using compassionate imagery within reliving of the trauma memories, and development of the capacity to self soothe to those who feel deeply shamed about who they are and what they have been through.


Background Reading

Lee, D.A.( 2012). The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma.: using compassion focused therapy. Constable Robinson, London.

Gilbert, P. (2009). The compassionate Mind. Constable Robinson, London Gilbert, P (2005) Compassion: Conceptualisations, Research and Use in Psychotherapy. London Brunner-Routledge.

Lee, D.A (2009). Compassion Focused Cognitive Therapy For Shame-based Trauma Memories and Flashbacks in PTSD. In Grey, N. (Eds.) A Casebook of Cognitive Therapy for Traumatic Stress Reactions. Chapter 15. London: Brunner-Routledge.

Lee, D.A. (2005) The perfect Nurturer: Using imagery to develop compassion within the context of cognitive therapy. In Gilbert (Ed.) Compassion: Conceptualisations, Research and Use in Psychotherapy. London Brunner-Routledge.

Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD (Leonard Wolfson tiered room), Oxford

Additional Information


Suggested Reading


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

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

Lawrence, V.A. & Lee, D. (2014) An Exploration of People's Experiences of Compassion‚Äźfocused Therapy for Trauma, Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Clincal Psychology & Psychotherapy, 21 (6): 495-507

Lee, D.A. (2009) Compassion-focused cognitive therapy for shame-based trauma memories and flashbacks in post-traumatic stress disorder In N. Grey (ed) A Casebook of Cognitive Therapy for Traumatic Stress Reactions. Routledge, pp. 230-246 

Lee, D. A. & James, S. (2012) The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma. Robinson.


Workshop Leader 

Prof Deborah Lee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service and South Central Veterans Service, and an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. She has worked in the field of trauma for 20 years, specialising in the treatment of PTSD and Complex Trauma, and is one of the leading compassion focused therapist and researchers. Her particular area of clinical and research interest is in shame based PTSD and self-criticism. She has developed the use of compassion based treatments including the use of compassionate imagery in shame based flashbacks to enhance clinical practice in this field. She has widely contributed to the dissemination of her clinical knowledge through writing and delivering over 150 clinical workshops and talks in north America and Europe, and is the author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma.

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