An introduction to compassion focused therapy (CFT)- Gilbert, Tirch, Silberstein (Clinical; Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
An introduction to compassion focused therapy (CFT)
Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., University of Derby
Dennis Tirch, Ph.D., The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy
Laura Silberstein, Psy.D., The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy
09:30-17:45 on Tuesday,20 June, 2017
2. the importance of recognising our multiple motivational and emotional systems that can be in conflict with each other and are context sensitive;
3. the three systems of affect regulation, with a specific focus on creating a sense of safeness and how that links to attachment theory, our evolved nature and function of social relationships, and the relationship between sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous system.
1. What Compassion is (and is not) from an evolutionary model;
2. how it relates to affiliative processing and can organise the mind in particular ways;
3. some of the practices that are used to cultivate compassion. These will include attention training, soothing rhythm breathing, safe placed imagery, compassionate self-cultivation, compassionate-self focusing and compassion image focusing;
4. how to use a compassionate-self focusing to address various emotional difficulties 5. Participants will be engaged in personal practice and trying out these practices.
Part 1 will introduce concepts of:
1. gaining deeper insight into the multiple and conflicting nature of emotions
2. discussion of the classical conditioning model of the emotion and body memory
3. group exercise on multiple selves and using compassionate self as an integrating process
1. introduction to working with self-criticism
2. functional analysis of self-criticism
3. using compassion itself to address self-criticism
The attendee will be able to:
2. Explain the process of compassion as flow: the compassion we feel for others; the compassion we are open to from others; and self-compassion;
3. Analyze how different practices focus on different elements of this “flow” and be able to recognise which practices go with which focus for compassion;
4. Demonstrate how to use imagery for compassion practice.
5. Help clients to better accept and effectively respond to anxiety and other difficult emotions; through the activation of their evolved capacity for mindful compassion.
6. Explain and apply the fundamentals of compassionate flexibility, including a contextual and evolutionary theory of emotion regulation, attachment, and cognition.
7. Integrate compassion focused methods into their existing psychotherapy practice
8. Practice compassion focused imagery methods and guided meditations 5) Develop and use of the concept of The Compassionate Self Imagery practice in the treatment of anxiety and depression
9. Adapt a compassion focused approach to evidence based techniques such as exposure and response prevention, defusion, and behavioral activation
10. Create and implement compassion focused interventions implementing self-as-process role plays and multiple chair work.
Target Audience: Clinical, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced