Compassion Focused Therapy for Loss and Bereavement

This is a one day workshop in DERBY on 10th May 2019

Conference Details

Presented By: Martin Brock

Date/Time: 10th May 2019 at 9:00am until 10th May 2019 at 5:00pm

Venue: Riverside Chambers, Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF

Location: Derby

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Event Description

The author Annie Dillard once wrote: “Write as if you are dying, or as if you are writing for an audience consisting solely of dying people.  That is, after all, the case”.  This is also the context for psychotherapy, both for the therapist and patient. Death is not waiting for us, it is always with us and it helps us discover what matters the most. Harnessing the power of that and learning to practice with the fear and clarity it brings is the focus of this workshop.

Within the Compassion Focused Therapy approach , the context for change is underpinned by a focus on the processes of motivation and intentionality, that is, defining and pursuing the path that makes one’s life rich and meaningful.  Choosing to live a vital life enriched with deep and meaningful connections and relationships invariably leads to experiences of deep pain when confronted with loss and bereavement - Two sides of the same coin. Loss and bereavement presents a stark perspective to view these processes, provides unique opportunities and challenges for both clients and therapists, and indeed end of life is the one event that will happen in all our lives. One may feel destabilised and disorientated and experience life as being turned upside-down, in part mirroring the human experience of trauma.

In this workshop we will explore the ‘sticky’ nature of death, loss and bereavement from a variety of perspectives, and how to continue to practice mindfully and aware in the face of these eventualities. The many faces of loss that can show up in human experience will be explored and traditional and contemporary theory and clinical approaches will be outlined including complicated grief, traumatic grief and meaning making. Influences from Eastern traditions will be considered and compassionate perspectives on end-of-life and bereavement will be explored and practiced, with targeted application to the issues faced by clients, students, therapists, and ourselves emphasized.  

Whether or not clinicians specifically work with clients at end of life, these issues will face all clients from time to time, or their family members and indeed therapists themselves – thus affecting the work of therapy. Tools for deepening our ongoing awareness of the inevitability of end of life to energize both day to day living, and the clinical setting will be practiced.

Riverside Chambers, Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF, Derby

Additional Information

Educational Objectives:

Describe the challenges presented by the human experience of loss and bereavement
Outline traditional and contemporary theory and clinical approaches to End of Life & Bereavement
Outline compassionate focused perspectives to End of Life & Bereavement informed by Eastern traditions
Develop self-compassionate strategies in the context of Loss, End of Life & Bereavement
Demonstrate understanding of the therapist role in end of life issues and the impact on self.


Useful Reading

Cacciatone, J. & Flint, M. (2012) ATTEND: Toward a Mindfulness-Based bereavement care model, Death Studies, 36: 61-82

Humphrey, G. & Zimpfer, D. (2007) Counselling for Grief and Bereavement. Second Edition. Sage.

Worden, J.W. (2009) Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy: Fourth Edition. Routledge 


Workshop Leader 

Martin Brock initially trained as a psychiatric nurse in 1978, and then commenced a 34 year career in the National Health Service gaining a wide range of clinical and managerial experience before specialising as a Principal Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist following accreditation in 1997.

Martin has delivered specialist CBT practice and supervision in a wide variety of NHS settings including IAPT services, GP practices, outpatient clinics and specialist psychotherapy centres, and is CBP, MBCBT, CFT and ACT. He obtained and MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2006 and an MA in Education in 2016. Martin has developed and regularly delivered compassionate based workshops both internationally and within the UK since 2006. This workshop represents a culmination of Martin’s knowledge and practice to date and is specifically influenced by the ongoing development of end of life/bereavement training with staff who work within the area of cancer care.

Martin delivered CBT Modules in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University before joining the University of Derby as a Senior Lecturer in 2012, with the lead role of embedding compassionate processes within Pre and Post Registration Nursing and Healthcare programmes. He transitioned to the Department of Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2016 and is the current programme leader for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy and also delivers teaching on the BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

His current research interests are Compassionate Practice and Psychological Flexibility in Healthcare Settings and Education, long-term conditions and developing integrated care pathways for End of Life and Bereavement.

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Lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish. However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will try to accommodate your request.