Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) with Adolescents in a Pandemic Era

A Call for Compassion

12
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Chris Fraser, MSW, LISW Author and educator

About This Course

Adolescence is a vital developmental period for self-discovery and personal exploration.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted this development.

While self-isolation has been hard on people of all ages, it has been especially difficult for adolescents who lack the coping mechanisms for handling this distress. It can leave them stuck in their heads with punishing self-critical thoughts and crippled by a sense of hopelessness.

During the pandemic, adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicide rates have skyrocketed.

Adolescents need the tools and support to build emotional resources, resiliency, and the capacity to encounter their struggles with an open heart.

And in so doing, learn that their suffering is not their fault.

In CFT for Adolescents, you’ll learn how to introduce teens to compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and how to help them apply compassionate mind skills in their daily lives.

CFT helps adolescents free themselves from the experiential avoidance traps that are part of being human — and are especially tricky during adolescence.

Led by Chris Fraser, a social worker, author, and expert in the authentic pairing of CFT with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this course will provide you the tools and insight to help teens cultivate the compassionate wisdom, courage, and strength to be the best versions of themselves.

You’ll learn how to help your young clients use these compassionate mind skills to tolerate the distress that naturally occurs along their path to adulthood, and you’ll come away with a set of techniques that can help them identify and align their choices with what is most important in their lives.

Through in-depth instruction and experiential exercises, you’ll learn…

  • Tools for cultivating self-compassion, defusion, and perspective-taking
  • How to use CFT chair work to help clients compassionately deal with difficult parts of themselves
  • Ways to utilize CFT with adolescents in one-on-one, group, and virtual sessions
  • How to enhance compassionate mind skills through embodiment practices, music, and movement
  • Compassionate self-imagery and how to utilize this imagery in daily life
  • How CFT can integrate with other therapeutic modalities
You’ll leave this course with a deep understanding of the principles of CFT, and a set of practical interventions for applying them with your adolescent clients both virtually and in person.

Join us inside and learn how compassion-focused therapy can change the course of your young clients’ lives, and give them powerful ways to navigate challenging times.

This training is worth 12 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e. logged in – for live presentation(s), all Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may then access these recordings at any time for up to six months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.

Schedule

Session 1 | January 12, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Hour 1: So why compassion?
Hour 2: The Untold Story

Session 2 | January 19, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Hour 1: So what can we do with this evolved mind of our? Mindfulness and building the Compassionate team
Hour 2: Taking Compassionate Mind skills into daily life!

Session 3 | January 26, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Hour 1: CFT chair work
Hour 2: Multiple selves work in and out of session

Session 4 | February 2, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Hour 1: CFT Functional Analysis of the inner critic and compassionate self
Hour 2: Taking back the wheel of the ship.

Session 5 | February 9, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Hour 1: Enhancing Compassionate mind skills through embodiment practices, music, and movement.
Hour 2: Fostering psychological flexibility in the present moment using CFT’s wisdom.

Session 6 | February 16, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Hour 1: CFT with adolescent groups.
Hour 2: Bringing it all together. CFT clinician self practice tools and suggestions on how to integrate CFT with other therapeutic approaches

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Explain how the brain has evolved and how it can be “tricky.”
  2. Describe why new brain and old brain loops can be problematic for adolescents.
  3. Utilize CFT chair work with adolescents.
  4. Describe how teaching adolescents the three flows of compassion helps build resilience.
  5. Describe how to instruct adolescents on how to cultivate compassionate other and compassionate self imagery and how to utilize this imagery in daily life.
  6. Discuss how to utilize CFT interventions with adolescents related to presenting concerns of anxiety, depression, and problem anger.
  7. Illustrate how to perform a functional analysis of the inner critic and the compassionate self with adolescents.
  8. Explain how the body can be used in CFT to regulate emotion and foster distress tolerance in the service of adolescents’ chosen values.
  9. Discuss why and how their own self-compassionate personal practice impacts their work with adolescent clients.
  10. Discuss the importance of adopting a parent-child approach in CFT.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 12 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors:Indicated courses have been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • National Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • NY Social Workers:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467
  • NY Counselors:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.
  • NY Psychologists:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.
Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Physicians:This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Psychologists:Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
  • Nurses:Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Institute for Better Health is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN (Provider CEP#2672).
  • Educators:Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
  • Social Workers please note:In many states, you may be able to self-submit this course to your board. Many states have reciprocity with other approvals offered for this course such as APA, NBCC, or NY State Social Work. Please check with your individual board for further information on what is acceptable.

Prerequisites

None

Audience

All mental health therapists that work with adolescents. Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Life Coaches, School Psychologists, Nurses, Physicians, Educators (Beginner-Advanced Level)

Recommended Reading

Kolts, R. (2016). CFT Made Simple: A Clinician’s Guide to Practicing Compassion Focused Therapy. California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Fraser, C.; Fraser, H.D. (2019). Freedom: How Teens Can Use Mindful Compassion to Thrive in a Chaotic World and Grow a Purpose-driven Life. Calliope House Press, Dublin, OH.

Gilbert, P.; Choden. (2014). Mindful Compassion: How the Science of Compassion Can Help You Understand Your Emotions, Live in the Present, and Connect Deeply with Others. California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Tirch, D.; Schoendorff, B.; Silberstein, L. (2014). The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Compassion: Tools for Fostering Psychological Flexibility. California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

References

Kolts, R. (2016). CFT Made Simple: A Clinician’s Guide to Practicing Compassion Focused Therapy. California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Irons, C. (2018). The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A Step-by-step Guide to Developing Your Compassionate Self. London, United Kingdom: Constable & Robinson.

Fraser, C.; Fraser, H.D. (2019). Freedom: How Teens Can Use Mindful Compassion to Thrive in a Chaotic World and Grow a Purpose-driven Life. Calliope House Press, Dublin, OH.

Gilbert, P.; Choden. (2014). Mindful Compassion: How the Science of Compassion Can Help You Understand Your Emotions, Live in the Present, and Connect Deeply with Others. California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Gilbert, P. (2009). The Compassionate Mind. London, United Kingdom: Constable & Robinson; Oakland, California: New Harbinger.

Gilbert, P. (2010). Compassion Focused Therapy: The CBT Distinctive Features Series. London: Routledge.

Marsh, I.C., Chan, S.W.Y. & MacBeth, A. Mindfulness (2018) 9: 1011. “Self-Compassion and Psychological Distress in Adolescents— a Meta-Analysis” https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12671-017-0850-7

Tirch, D.; Schoendorff, B.; Silberstein, L. (2014). The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Compassion: Tools for Fostering Psychological Flexibility. California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Beaumont, E.; Welford, M. (2020). The Kindness Workbook: Creative and Compassionate Ways to Boost Your Wellbeing

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please contact us at events@praxiscet.com to cancel a registration.