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Compassion Focused Therapy (2 days)

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), is a research-based therapy founded on a combination of principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Evolutionary Psychology and Attachment Theory. It was developed to work specifically with clients who had high levels of shame and self-criticism and who had had early experiences of poor attachment, affiliation and affection. By developing care and affiliative focused motivation, attention, emotion, behaviour and thinking CFT begins to address these problems. Key skills with CFT include the use of compassion focused imagery, the development of a compassionate self and the use of a sense of a compassionate self to engage with areas of personal difficulty.

Can be taken as an individual two-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Third Wave CBT, Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

SDS Live Webcast:
Compassion Focused Therapy - 21-22 November 2019 

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5 Modules of the Certificate in Third Wave CBT:

Over the two days delegates will be introduced to the fundamental principles of CFT along with its research and theoretical base. Practical skills within CFT will also be demonstrated with associated practice opportunities for delegates and will be accompanied by filmed examples.

This two-day practical course covers:

  • The Origins of CFT
  • Psychoeducation – evolutionary psychology, the ‘tricky brain’, & the affect regulation model
  • Shame and self-criticism – how it’s understood and worked with from the CFT perspective
  • Compassion – definition, qualities & origin
  • Developing skills – attention, mindfulness, imagery, compassion
  • Putting compassion to work

The course includes live and video demonstrations, high quality course materials, worksheets.

Dr Chris Irons, is a Clinical Psychologist, and Deputy-Lead for Adult Mental Health in Tower Hamlets, London, UK. In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people suffering from a variety of mental health problems, including persistent depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia, along with a variety of personality disorders. Alongside Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues, Chris has been interested in the Theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of CFT as a science based psychotherapeutic approach.

Chris is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. He regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion. He is interested in how compassion may improve individual wellbeing, relationship satisfaction, and facilitate positive group and organisational change. Amongst other things, he is currently researching the role of compassion and rumination in depression; the role of compassion and shame in psychosis; and the role of self and other compassion in relationship quality.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Certificate in Third Wave CBT. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Certificate.

Early Bird Price: £275 + VAT (£330) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £290 + VAT (£348).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 14 CPD training hours for individual 2 days course course if you sign in on both days (attending in person) or have full attendance record (attending via webcast).

BPS Approved Certificate in Third Wave CBT requires attendance of all training modules in person or via webcast, plus completion of the online module and a separate online test (80% pass).

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LONDON or WEBCAST
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21-22 NOVEMBER 2019
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  • Opportunity to ask questions
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Course Leader:

Chris Irons
Clinical Psychologist

Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist working for the NHS in London, UK. He gained his Clinical Psychology doctorate at the University of Sheffield (UK). In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people suffering form a variety of mental health problems, including depression, PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. He also has an interest in working with relationship difficulties and with issues of shame and self-criticism.

Alongside Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues, Chris has been interested in the theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of CFT as a science based psychotherapeutic approach. Chris is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. He is an accredited trainer and supervisor of Compassion Focused Therapy, and regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion. Chris gained his research Ph.D from the University of Derby (UK) under the supervision of Professor Paul Gilbert. His Ph.D explored the relationship between attachment and social rank mechanisms in anxiety and depression symptomology. Amongst other things, he is currently researching the role of compassion and rumination in depression; the role of compassion and shame in psychosis; and the role of compassion in relationship quality.

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