Compassion-Focused Therapy in Practice

Thursday, May 14 – Friday, May 15, 2020

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a form of psychotherapy that draws upon evolution science, affective neuroscience, attachment theory and therapy, and behavioural psychology in assisting individuals who suffer with emotional difficulties. Utilizing mindfulness, the purposeful cultivation of compassion and a host of treatment strategies such as imagery, chair-work, breath-body work and behavioral and thought experiments, CFT can help clients who struggle with issues of shame and self-criticism.

Because its theoretical basis draws from multiple bodies of science, CFT can sometimes be challenging to grasp, initially. In this two-day training, participants will learn a way to organize CFT into a set of layered processes and practices that will allow them to systematically understand, train and begin to implement CFT.  In doing so, participants will learn how CFT therapists utilize the therapeutic relationship to set the stage for client self-compassion and employ Socratic dialogue and guided discovery to help clients shift from shame to being able to relate compassionately and effectively to difficult experiences.  Additionally, participants will learn about a number of core CFT techniques and will practise how to implement some of them through in-class exercises and group work.

You will learn

  • About the layered processes and practices targeted in CFT, and how they work together to set a context for the cultivation of self-compassion
  • About the roles of the therapist in CFT
  • About the role of compassionate realizations in helping clients work with shame and self-attacking
  • About the three-circles model of emotion
  • How to guide clients in examining the ways that different motives and emotions organize their mental experience
  • How to help clients identify and examine problematic old-brain/new-brain loops that maintain threat experiences
  • How to facilitate client examination of the social shaping of their challenging emotions and behaviours.
  • How to teach Soothing-Rhythm Breathing to help clients work with emotions
  • How compassion can be applied in working with challenging emotions
Russell Kolts, PhD  
Introduction; What is compassion and why is it important to psychotherapy?
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Break
10:30am—10:45am
Roles of the Therapist in CFT
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch (on your own)
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Compassionate Realizations: The Evolutionary Model
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Break
2:45 pm – 2:55 pm
Compassionate Realizations: The Social Shaping of the Self
2:55 pm – 4:40 pm
Compassionate Awareness - Mindfulness
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am – 10:45 am
The Compassionate Self
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch (on your own)
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Working with the Compassionate Self
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Break
2:45 pm – 2:55 pm
Multiple Selves work
2:55 pm – 4:40 pm

Event Detail

May 14, 2020 9:00 am
May 15, 2020 4:40 pm
Knox Church