Compassion Focused Therapy - Advanced Skills

Facilitator: Paul Gilbert, James Bennett-Levy & James Kirby

Date/Time: 29 November - 1 December 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm.

Cost: $950 / $890 early bird (before 1st Oct)

Location: Victoria Park Golf Complex, Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane QLD.




This workshop is designed for practitioners who have already had some training in compassion focused therapy (CFT). They should:

- Have attended either a two or three day training course, or equivalent (e.g. CFT supervision group);

- Be familiar with the basic evolutionary model, the role of affiliative emotion in threat regulation and the multi-component dimensions of compassion. They will also have some therapeutic experience with CFT.

If you are new to CFT, you are welcome to come to this workshop, but should do Paul’s Melbourne Introductory workshop first as a preparation for this Advanced Workshop.

The workshop provides learning opportunities to explore some of the following:

1. The role of guided discovery in CFT

2. Developing an insight into different forms of formulation especially those rooted in safety strategies and behaviours

3. Building compassion competencies including the Compassionate Self

4. Explaining and exploring multi-self in relation to emotion and emotional conflict such as the interaction between threat-based emotions such as anger, anxiety and sadness.

4. Compassion and difficult emotions

5. Functional analysis and engagement with self-criticism

6. Compassion and the Critic

7. Using method acting techniques

8. Using chair-work techniques

9. Engaging with shame material

Learning is via a mixture of teaching, video demonstrations and role-plays, and handouts. In this workshop emphasis is put on practising in pairs and small groups. Participants should be prepared to:

- engage in role-play where they will practice clinical skills

- bring clinical material for discussion

- engage in reflective processes with each other and with the group.

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To enable participants to practice:

- CFT forms of guided discovery

- The different types of Formulation i) motivation based ii) functional emotions based iii) safety strategies

- Working with emotional conflicts in relation to compassion

- Working with self-criticism in a number of different ways

- Working with shame and resistances

- Personal practices

Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties, for which compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed. He has written and edited 20 books and established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006. He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.


James Bennett-Levy

James’ self-experiential approach to the training of therapists and to working with clients has created two classic CBT texts, the Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy (2004) and Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy (2011). The same self-experiential learning principles have been applied to therapist training in his latest book Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection (SP/SR) Workbook for Therapists (2015) and the forthcoming Experiencing Compassion-focused Therapy from

the Inside Out.

James Kirby

James is a Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist. He graduated with his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Queensland in 2013. His focus of research is on compassion. He has a broad research interests in compassion, however, specific research areas include: a) examining compassion focused therapy b) measuring compassion b) examining compassion with children c) what fears, blocks, & resistances people have towards compassion d) developing and evaluating compassion interventions James also holds an Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.