Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert, is an evidence-based psychotherapy that takes the "third wave" of psychotherapy further by tapping into our capacity for compassion. Self-compassion helps us generate kindness towards ourselves, and be present with our imperfect humanity. It is a powerful human capacity that helps motivate us to make changes -- in our lives not out of a sense of inadequacy, but rather out of a sense of caring for ourselves and an acknowledgment of our suffering. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn simple tools for helping patients respond to their suffering in kind and compassionate ways. The workshop will utilize meditation, role plays, and group exercises to demonstrate the foundations of Compassion Focused Therapy and provide clinicians with tools that can fit well with any modality they practice, whether it be CBT, DBT, ACT, traditional psychoanalysis, or other modalities.
By attending this workshop, participants will be able to better:
Identify the three components of self-compassion
Understand the research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
Utilize interventions to help patients increase self-compassion
Utilize mindfulness and compassion techniques in the therapy relationship