Compassion Focused Staff Support with Dr. Kate Lucre

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CFT Staff Support

1 – Day Workshop  

Date: March 4, 2022

Location: ONLINE

Teaching times:

Start: 9.30 a.m.

Finish: 4.30 p.m.

It is understood that staff stress and illness can compromise the effectiveness of teams and within organisations. Teams that are operating in conditions of threat can lead of staff having lower levels of compassion to self and others (Henshall et al 2015). Whereas there is growing evidence to show that explicit development and practice of compassion can provide a useful way of helping staff to manage their own distress, be less reactive to social threats and reduce experience of self-criticism , anxiety and depression (Allen & Leary, 2010; Arch et al, 2010; Breines et al, 2015; Gilbert, 2005; Lucre & Taylor, 2020; Neff et al, 2007).

It is already becoming clear that there will be an immeasurable human impact of this global pandemic on health care workers, service providers and on us all. Compassion and Compassion Focused Approaches have a uniquely helpful and hopeful offering in this context of understanding our shared common humanity and propensity for threat focused emotional processing and the understandable survival strategies which emerge in this context. As we are encouraged to keep a social distance from others, CFA offers an alternative way of formulating this as ‘safe relating’ which encourages us to consider how we remain connected to others in conditions of safeness (Gilbert, 2020).

This online training offers an introduction to Compassion Focused Staff Support (CFSS) through compassionate mind training from a personal perspective, coupled with experiential group work and small group work.

The key elements of this training are:

  • develop understanding of and practice in self-compassion. 
  • to explore, understand and bring compassion to the personal impact of their work.
  • To learn how, by understanding our own minds (i.e. our emotions, behaviours, thinking styles), we may be better placed to offer compassionate, supportive care to others in need.

This will include practical resources and ideas for establishing this framework within clinical and supervisory practice and working with the blocks to compassion in these settings. This initiative will be utilising theory and practice from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009).

Kate Lucre is a Birmingham based Compassion Focused Therapist and Supervisor specialising in the use of CFT for complex trauma, personality and relational difficulties for groups and individual. She is the regional supervision coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and also runs workshops for the Foundation and across the UK on CFT for Groups and Compassion Focused Staff Support and Supervision. Kate offers CFT supervision in groups and individually, including a monthly international  Supervision Group for therapists involved in the provision of CFT groups. She has published data on Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy and is currently completing a PhD in CFT at Birmingham University evaluating a 12 month CFGP programme for people with severe personality disorder. Kate is also involved in a number of UK wide research projects developing and evaluating Compassion Focused Staff Support Initiatives. You can see some of her past presentations at You can see an interview with Kate Lucre here.

Suggested Reading

Lucre K., Taylor J. (2020) Compati | To Suffer with: Compassion Focused Staff Support as an Antidote to the Cost of Caring in Forensic Services. In: Swaby H., Winder B., Lievesley R., Hocken K., Blagden N., Banyard P. (eds) Sexual Crime and Trauma. Sexual Crime. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Lucre, K., & Clapton, N. (n.d.). The Compassionate Kitbag: A creative and integrative approach to compassion-focused therapy. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, e12291.

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    Event Detail

    March 4, 2022 9:30 am
    March 4, 2022 4:30 pm


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