Introduction to Theory & Practice of CFT - SOLD OUT

3 day Workshop: Thursday 6th: 9:30am - 5pm: Friday 7th 9.30am - 5pm: Saturday 8th 9.30am - 4.30pm

Presented By: Dr Chris Irons and Tobyn Bell

Date/Time: 6th April 2017 at 9:30am until 8th April 2017 at 4:30pm

Venue: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Location: Manchester

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Event Description

Registration is from 9am each morning. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, as will a workbook and CPD certificate.

Compassion focused therapy is rooted in an evolutionary model of human psychology. Participants on the course will be introduced to the difficulties that the human brain encounters because of its evolutionary history and the way in which old motivation and emotional systems interact with newly evolved cognitive competencies and intelligences. For example, humans are the only species that self-monitor in a particular way and while this has advantages, it is also is a source for a lot of shame, anxiety and depression. Participants will also be introduced to the three affect regulation systems linked to threat awareness and coping, reward and resource seeking, and contentment and soothing -- and how they form complex patterns within the mind. Participants will learn how early life experiences can shape the organisation of our emotions increasing our dispositions towards threat based emotions that underpin a lot of mental health difficulties.

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester

Additional Information

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

Background Reading

Cozolino, L. (2007). The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Brain. New York: Norton

Dalai Lama. (1995). The Power of Compassion. India: HarperCollins.

Fredrickson, B,L., Cohn, M,A., Coffey, K,A,  Pek, J., & Finkel. S,A.  (2008). Open hearts build lives: positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness mediation, build consequential personal resources.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1045-62.

Gerhardt, S. (2004). Why Love Matters. How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain.  London: Bruner-Routledge.

Germer, C. (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing your self from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. New York: Guilford.

Gilbert, P. (in press April 2010) Compassion Focused Therapy: The Distinctive Features: London: Routledge

Gilbert. P. (2009). The Compassionate Mind. London: Constable-Robinson. Oaklands CA.: New Harbinger.

Gilbert P. (2007). Psychotherapy and Counselling for Depression (3rd edition): London. Sage.

Gilbert, P. (2000)  Social mentalities:  internal ‘social’ conflicts & the role of inner-warmth & compassion in cognitive therapy.  In P.Gilbert & K.G. Bailey (Eds).  Genes on the Couch:  explorations in evolutionary psychotherapy.  London:  Brunner-Routledge.

Gilbert, P. & Irons, C. (2005).  Therapies for shame and self-attacking, using cognitive, behavioural, emotional imagery, and compassionate mind training.  In P.Gilbert (Ed) Compassion:  Conceptualisations research and use in psychotherapy.  London:  Brunner-Routledge.

Glasser, A. (2005). A Call to Compassion: Bringing Buddhist Practices of the Heart into the Soul of Psychotherapy. Berwick Maine: Nicolas-Hays.

Leary, M.R., Tate, E.B., Adams, C.E.,  Allen, A.B. & Hancock, J. (2007). Self-Compassion and reactions to unpleasant self-relevant events: The implications of treating oneself kindly. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 887-904

Lee, D. (2005) The perfect nurturer.  A model to develop a compassionate mind within the context of cognitive therapy.  In P.Gilbert (Ed) Compassion:  Conceptualisations research and use in psychotherapy.  London:  Brunner-Routledge

Mikulincer, M. & Shaver, P.R. (2007). Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change. New York: Guilford.

Dr Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist working in the National Health Service (NHS), in London, UK. He has been working alongside Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues in the theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of CFT (CFT; Gilbert, 2009; Gilbert & Irons, 2005; Gilbert & Irons, 2014) as a science based psychotherapeutic approach. In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy in working with people suffering form a variety of mental health problems, including persistent depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia, along with a variety of personality disorders.

Chris is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. He regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion. He is interested in how compassion may improve individual well being, relationship satisfaction, and facilitate positive group and organisational change. Amongst other things, he is currently researching the role of compassion and rumination in depression; the role of compassion and shame in psychosis; and the role of self and other compassion in relationship quality.  He recently published a book on depression, and is currently writing two books on CFT.

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