Advanced Clinical Skills in CFT with Dr. Andrew Rayner

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3 – Day Workshop

Date: 26 – 28 April, 2023

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo

Teaching times:

Registration: 9.30am – 10am

Start: 10.00 a.m.

Finish: 4.30 p.m.

Coffee/Tea, Refreshments and Lunch will be provided on all three days.


Earlybird Ticket *extended  until 17 March 2023*£440

Standard Ticket – £475


This three day workshop is designed for people who have some training and experience in using Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT); ideally having attended a 2 or 3-day introductory course.  We assume that delegates will therefore familiar with the basic evolutionary model; the role of affiliative emotion in threat regulation, distinctions between shame and guilt and competitive versus caring motivational systems and the dimensional nature of our minds.

This is an opportunity to practice some of the core therapeutic skills and interventions and therefore there is a strong emphasis on therapist-client role play in pairs, demonstration of skills both live and using video and experiential exercises.

‍Main features:

  • Working within the therapeutic relationship: including working with projections
  • ‘Mind Mapping’ the core domains of functioning
  • Ways of deepening the concepts of the compassionate self and compassionate image
  • Motive switching – from competitiveness to caring
  • ‘Multiple selves’: using compassion to integrate threat-based emotions such as anger, anxiety and sadness
  • Using functional analysis to work with self-criticism and shame
  • Using Chair work to work with the self-attacking process
  •  Working with the fear and resistance to compassion

Recommended reading

Gilbert, P. and Simos, G. (Eds.)(2022). Compassion focused therapy: clinical practice and applications . Abingdon: Routledge.

Gilbert, P. (2020) Compassion: From its evolution to a psychotherapyFrontiers in Psychology, 9th December 2020

Gilbert, P. (ed) (2017) Compassion: Concepts, Research and Application. Routledge

Gilbert, P. (2010) Compassion Focused Therapy Distinctive Features Series. London: Routledge

Gilbert. P. (2009). The Compassionate Mind. Robinson

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

Irons, C. & Beaumont, E. (2017) The Compassionate Mind Workbook. Robinson

The Presenter:

Dr. Andrew Rayner is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with specialist expertise in Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders.

Since qualifying in 2005, Andrew spent over 12 years working in adult mental health settings within the NHS in England.  He has also provided specialist psychological support to people who were affected by a large-scale historical abuse investigation in Derbyshire, England (The Aston Hall investigation).

At present, he has his own private practice (Secure Base Psychological Services Ltd), is also employed by Aspire Mental Health and Care Ltd; who provide supported living placements for people with severe and complex mental health difficulties; and is an associate clinician working within the Complex Trauma and Dissociation (CTAD) Clinic, which is one of only 3 specialist Dissociative Disorder clinics in England. 

Andrew is a Clinical Supervisor on the Diploma in CFT at the Compassionate Mind Foundation (CMF) and is also trainer for the CMF, running many workshops in CFT.  He was the lead CFT therapist in a successful pilot study of a 24 week CFT group for people with Bipolar Disorder (see Gilbert, et al., 2022, below).

Gilbert P, Basran JK, Raven J, Gilbert H, Petrocchi N, Cheli S, Rayner A, Hayes A, Lucre K, Minou P, Giles D, Byrne F, Newton E and McEwan K (2022) Compassion Focused Group Therapy for People With a Diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder: A Feasibility StudyFront. Psychol. 13:841932. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.841932

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Terms and Conditions: 

There will be a £50 admin fee for any cancellation after booking and £100 cancellation fee within 14 days of the workshop date. No refunds can be given to cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop date. 

Registration and Invoicing

To register for this event and/or request an invoice please contact us.

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, 7-10 days before the start date.

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    April 26, 2023 9:30 am
    April 28, 2023 4:30 pm

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