Digital workshop: Introduction to compassion focused therapy (CFT)

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE., University of Derby, UK
EABCT’s First Global Ambassador
will be presenting a virtual interactive workshop
“Introduction to compassion focused therapy (CFT)”


Who is the workshop aimed at:
This workshop is for people who are interested in learning about the origins and nature of CFT and how it might be applied to mental health

Scientific background:
CFT is rooted in an evolution informed, biopsychosocial approach to understanding basic mental functions of: motives, emotions,
competencies, and behaviours. For example, competitive self-focused motives can underpin a variety of mental health difficulties, including
harsh self-criticism, shame, loneliness, social anxiety depression and narcissism. In addition, low or poor caring and compassion motives can
undermine mental health and moral behaviour while their development tend to facilitate prosocial behaviour and well-being. CFT helps clients
to harness the psychophysiological processes of the care motivational system as a framework for the therapeutic processes. CFT utilises
interventions from all the major schools of psychotherapy Hence, this workshop introduces participants to some of the basic processes of
compassion and how to use them therapeutically.

We will explore:
The basic conceptual framework of CFT in terms of basic motives, emotional regulation systems cognitive competencies and behaviours
The link between the evolution of caring behaviour particularly but not only via attachment and the cultivation of a compassionate mind
Some practises for the development of a compassionate mind and self-identity
Applying CFT principles to mental health difficulties.

Leaning Outcome
Insight into the nature of compassion focused therapy
Awareness of the value of an evolution and biopsychosocial based models
The link between compassion and the evolution of attachment
The distinction between compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training
Basic compassionate mind training exercises

Registration covers attendance at the live workshop, access to the recording,
supporting resources and a CPD certificate (3 hours).
The recording is available for a minimum of 3 months; perfect if you are not able to attend
the whole workshop, if you miss a bit, or if you enjoyed it so much you just want to do it all over again!




Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and honorary visiting Prof at the University of
Queensland. Until his retirement from the NHS in 2016 he was Consultant Clinical Psychologist for over 40 years. He has researched evolutionary
approaches to psychopathology with a special focus on mood, shame, and self-criticism in various mental health difficulties for which
Compassion Focused Therapy was developed. He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993, president of the BABCP
2002-2004, and was a member of the first British Governments’ NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 23 books and over 300
papers and book chapters. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation as an international charity with the mission statement
to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for his services to
mental health

Gilbert, P & Simos ,G.. (2022 eds). Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical practice and applications (chap 6). London. Routledge.
Gilbert, P. (2019). Psychotherapy for the 21st century: An integrative, evolutionary, contextual, biopsychosocial approach. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory,
Research and Practice. 92, 164-189. DOI: 10.1111/papt.12226
Gilbert, P. (2020). Compassion: From its evolution to a psychotherapy. Frontiers in psychology 11, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.58616

5. februar 2024, 10:00 - 5. februar 2024, 13:15
EABCT/WCCBT Association Member 45€/£40
Reduced Rate/EABCT Emerging Country 30€/£25
Non-Member 60€/£55

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