Compassion Focused Therapy – Working with Groups Online

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Date: May 17 & 18, 2021

Location: ONLINE

Teaching times:

Start: 9.30 a.m.

Finish: 4.30 p.m.

Compassion Focused Therapy was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert to address difficulties associated with shame and self-criticism, manifesting in a broad range of psychological and emotional difficulty. As a model of human suffering and well-being, CFT is now being used not only in a wide range of clinical settings, from primary care to secure forensic services, but also in educational and organisational settings.

This workshop will offer an overview of the CFT framework with a specific focus on the application of Compassion Focused Therapy to a group-based context. This workshop will combine a theoretical overview of Compassion Focused Therapy with practical suggestions for developing and managing the dynamics of all aspects of therapy. We will cover groups across the spectrum of complexity and duration, from short term psycho-educative programmes aimed at primary care through to long term trauma-focused psychotherapy with hard to reach clients.

Additional Information

The focus of these two days will however be on supporting staff who are interested in developing shorter term Compassion Focused Therapy groups, or the early stages of establishing safeness in a more exploratory programme. There will be a range of experiential exercises, focusing on developing personal practice in self-compassion and delivering psychotherapeutic interventions. We will cover as aspects of setting up and delivering groups online and face to face.  

Role play practice opportunities will be offered with small group discussions regarding referral criteria, managing safety and using an evolutionary psychology model to cultivate compassion as the basis for inner growth and change. This workshop has been designed for practitioners, therapists and clinicians who wish to develop their knowledge and practice of exploratory psychotherapy with structured components to provide a more accessible pathway.

This workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of the evolutionary psychology model of CFT as it relates to group work. It is expected that participants in this workshop will gain theoretical and practice-based knowledge about the application of the CFT to group work and group dynamics, and have the basis upon which to develop shorter term group work.

Workshop Leader

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 individuals. She is the regional supervision coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and also runs workshop 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 evaluation Compassion Focused Staff Support Initiatives.


Earlybird Price: £255 (ends 31 March, 2021)

Standard Price: £285

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Terms and Conditions

Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. In the unlikely event that a workshop may have to be cancelled or postponed, we will inform you directly via email as soon as possible via email. We cannot be held responsible for any resulting costs you many incur for travel, accommodation or any other related goods or services.

We will contact you via email prior to the event with any handouts/materials you may need for the workshop.

    Event Detail

    May 17, 2021 9:30 am
    May 18, 2021 4:30 pm


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