Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was developed by Paul Gilbert, OBE, as a means of addressing psychological difficulties underpinned by shame and self-criticism. The model draws on social, evolutionary (especially attachment theory) and neurophysiological science to understand emotional regulation and our basic social motivational systems. Central to the model is recognition that our evolved brain’s new competencies, such as reasoning, reflection, mentallisation and ‘sense of self’, can prove to be problematic when influenced by our ‘old’ brain’s capacities. In addition our ‘old brain’ can recruit the capacities of our new brain and be potentially very destructive for both ourselves and others. CFT highlights the benefit of mindfully developing compassion, thus activating our affiliative/soothing system, to balance our affect regulating systems, particularly in response to threat.
The ‘transdiagnositic’ approach now has a growing evidence base. In recent years the application of compassion based approaches has been used with NHS staff teams, the armed forces, business settings and within education. This is partially due to recognition that such environments are often largely threat and target focused.
Following an overview of the model delegates will explore and practice a range of CFT techniques. Time will also be spent reflecting on factors that make the cultivation of compassion for ourselves and others more challenging.
Dr Mary Welford is a Clinical Psychologist who lives and works in the South West of England. She's a founding member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and now trains a range of individuals in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) both in the UK and overseas. She is author of The Compassionate Mind Guide to Building Self Confidence and has recently completed Compassion Focused Therapy For Dummies.
Target audience: The workshop is open to qualified and training medical practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and counsellors. The workshop will be of practical and theoretical interest regardless of therapeutic modality.
All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes