Advancing Clinical Skills and Practice Workshop in Compassion Focused Therapy

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Two  Day Workshop – Online

This two day workshop has been developed to help practitioners develop their clinical skills in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to work with people who struggle with shame and self -loathing.  The workshop will not be diagnosis specific but look at the transdiagnostic ways to understand and work with shame and self- criticism by developing self-compassion

As the emphasis will be on clinical skills and role play, it would be helpful if you have attended introductory workshops on CFT, know the theory and are comfortable with social mentality theory, shame, attachment, CFT formulation concepts such as tricky brain, three circles and compassionate mind training.

The workshop will cover the following:

  • A brief review of key theory, concept and the nature of compassion
  • A detailed look at the 4 key processes in CFT in terms of skills development and techniques used to develop skills of differentiation, new emotional contexts, psychological flexibility, transformation
  • These include  
    • Formulation, Functional Analysis of self-criticism, shame and behavioural consequences.
    • Attributes of compassion in the therapeutic relationship
    • Ways of working with the fear and resistance to compassion.
    • Using chair work to work with the self-critic.
    • Using chair work to, engage with different threat -based emotions and integrate different aspects of the self using the compassionate self
    • Skills to develop the compassionate inner dialogue, and compassionate version of self to enhance intrapersonal functioning and well being
    • Skills to develop compassion informed values and problem solving to enhance interpersonal relationships and engagement with life.

There will be plenty of opportunity to work in small groups  in order to increase the experiential nature of the workshop, and also to take part in therapist- client role to help develop  some of the key techniques and skills needed to help our clients develop self- compassion.  So please bring along case material to use in the workshop.

Compassion focused therapy was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert (2005,2009). The explicit goal is to develop, access and stimulate positive affect associated with self-soothing in the mind and body of the patient in order to promote an inner sense of psychological safeness (Gilbert, 2005).

Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Deborah Lee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service & South Central Complex Treatment Service for Veterans.

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Psychology, University College London

Level: Intermediate- advanced

Teaching methods: Didactic, video, roleplay

Brief Biography

Dr. Deborah Lee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service and South Central Complex Treatment Service for Veterans. She is also an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London.  She is author of the Compassionate-Mind Guide to Recovering from Trauma and PTSD: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Flashbacks, Shame, Guilt, and Fear (2013), New Harbinger, New York.  She has pioneered to development of Compassion Focused therapy for PTSD and has collaborated with Professor Gilbert and colleagues at the Compassionate Mind Foundation for over 20 years developing the clinical application of CFT in clinical and leadership settings.

As well as clinical work, she runs personal practice retreats for therapists in the UK and Europe. She has widely contributed to the dissemination of her clinical knowledge through writing and delivering over 150 clinical workshops and talks in UK, Europe, North America and Australia.

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Terms and Conditions:

 There will be a £50 cancellation fee up to 14 days before the workshop, £100 cancellation fee within 14 days of the workshop date. No refunds can be given to cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the workshop date. We regret refunds for failure to attend cannot be made, but you can transfer your event fee to a future event within 12 months.

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Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation.

Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed. We will inform of you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email.

Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation.

We will confirm the final details of the event via email 7-10 days prior to the event date.

System opens for Welcome and Registration
9.45am - 10am
  • Deborah Lee
Session 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clinical Psychologist, Researcher & Speaker
Morning Break
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
  • Deborah Lee
Session 2
11.50 AM - 1.30 PM
Clinical Psychologist, Researcher & Speaker
1.30 PM - 2.15 PM
  • Deborah Lee
Session 3
2.15 PM - 3.15 PM
Clinical Psychologist, Researcher & Speaker
Afternoon Break
3.15 PM - 3.30 PM
  • Deborah Lee
Session 4
3.30 PM - 4.30PM
Clinical Psychologist, Researcher & Speaker
Deborah Lee

Deborah Lee

Clinical Psychologist, Researcher & Speaker

    Event Detail

    October 2, 2020 10:00 am
    October 3, 2020 4:30 pm


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