This is a three day workshop in LONDON: 18-20 July 2019
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 using 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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To see the full range of Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind related books, please click here.
Dr Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist, who is one of the founders and directors of Balanced Minds, providing compassion focused therapy and training's in London and Edinburgh. Along with colleague Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, he has developed an eight week Compassionate Mind Training programme for the general public. He has published in many areas of psychology and Compassion Focused Therapy, including a textbook on Depression for the Palgrave Insights series, and has recently co-authored The Compassionate Mind Workbook and Experiencing Compassion-Focused Therapy from the Inside Out. Chris is one of the Compassionate Mind Foundation's international trainers and training advisers. He has many years of clinical experience, using Compassion Focused Therapy, and regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion. He is currently researching the role of compassion and rumination in depression; the role of compassion and shame in psychosis; and the role of compassion in relationship quality.
Dr Shelley Kerr is a Clinical Psychologist working both for the NHS and in private practice in London where is an associate with Balanced Minds. She gained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) in 2008 where 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 CFT therapist, an accredited DBT therapist and has extensive 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.
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