Compassion-Focused Therapy: Foundations and Applications
About This Course
- The role of mindful compassion and functional analysis in the therapy relationship
- Techniques for using compassion training to enhance treatment of anxiety disorders
- Enhancing mindful compassion in psychological flexibility training
- Running Compassionate Mind Training groups
- Using CFT to work with chronic shame and self-criticism
Session 1 | October 14, 2019, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
Foundations and Applications of CFT – Introducing the CFT Model and Self-Practice/Self Reflection
Session 2 | October 21, 2019, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
The Evolutionary Model of Compassion and Social Mentality Theory – Experiential Self Practice/Self Reflection Review, Discussion and Assignments
Session 3 | October 28, 2019, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
The Reality Check, The Nature of Mind, and Nature’s Mind – Why our Suffering is Not Our Fault – Experiential Self Practice/Self Reflection Review, Discussion and Assignments
Session 4 | November 4, 2019, 1 PM—3 PM EST
The Three Circle Model of Emotions in CFT in Theory and Application – Experiential Self Practice/Self Reflection Review, Discussion and Assignments
Session 5 | November 18, 2019, 1 PM—3 PM EST
The Twelve Competencies of Compassion in Theory and Application – Experiential Self Practice/Self Reflection Review, Discussion and Assignments
Session 6 | December 2, 2019, 1 PM—3 PM EST
Case Conceptualization in CFT in Theory and Application – Experiential Self Practice/Self Reflection Review, Discussion and Assignments
Session 7 | December 9, 2019, 1 PM—3 PM EST
Working with Shame and Self-Criticism in CFT – Experiential Self Practice/Self Reflection Review, Discussion and Assignments
Session 8 | December 16, 2019, 1 PM—3 PM EST
Multiple Self Work and Multiple Chair Work in CFT – Experiential Self Practice/Self Reflection Review, Discussion and Assignments
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the foundational evolutionary model of compassion, mindfulness, and emotion used in CFT.
- Apply the CFT “Three Circle Model” of emotion regulation in clinical contexts.
- Discuss and utilize Social Mentality Theory in psychotherapy and in scalable interventions.
- Apply the therapeutic relationship to create a context of relational safeness in the therapy room as a part of CFT process.
- Outline and implement a CFT model of functional analysis of interpersonal exchanges in psychotherapy, using the therapist’s response to shape client behavior.
- Discuss the multiple self model and intervention set in CFT.
- Demonstrate multiple chair work in CFT.
- Identify and embody the 12 competencies of compassion, experientially training patients in using these elements.
- Apply a working knowledge of therapist micro-skills and active therapy processes that can lead to greater flexibility and adaptive responding in the moment.
- Demonstrate fluency in collaborative case conceptualization based upon the attributes of the compassionate mind.
- Demonstrate a range of techniques that are focused on cultivating the competencies of compassion in the therapy relationship.
- Implement compassionate mind training in the service of cultivating the competencies of compassion.
- Demonstrate the “compassionate self” imagery practice in helping clients develop compassionate strengths.
- Demonstrate a range of CFT imagery practices and introduce them in individual and group therapy contexts.
- Apply CFT self-practice and self-reflection methods in individual or group contexts.
- Formulate clients’ fears, blocks, and resistances in terms of CFT theory and practice.
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Kirby, J., Steindl, S. & Tellegen, C. (2017). A Meta-Analysis of Compassion-Based Interventions: Current State of Knowledge and Future Directions. Behavior Therapy. 48-6. 778-792.
Braehler, C., Harper, I., & Gilbert, P. (2012). Compassion focused group therapy for recovery after psychosis. In C. Steel (Ed.), CBT for schizophrenia: Evidence-based interventions and future directions (pp. 235–266). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley and Sons.
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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 prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.