Foundations of Compassion-Focused Therapy
An Introduction to Theory and Practice
About This Course
Many mental health practitioners have seen how mindfulness and self-compassion training can change people's lives.
But bringing the power of mindful compassion directly into your daily practice presents a real challenge.
How can you translate compassion-focused meditation and guided imagery methods into effective psychotherapy techniques, tailored to the individual client, moment by moment?
Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) puts that process in your hands, drawing on rigorous behavioral psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary theory. Developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert, CFT is a cutting-edge, evidence-based psychotherapy that takes the "third wave" of psychotherapy further, expanding the frontiers of contemplative psychotherapy through the deliberate awakening of our compassionate minds.
This online course will take you on an experiential journey into the foundations of CFT.
Through a structured program, participants will engage in the core Compassionate Mind Training practices found in CFT and learn how to move beyond basic theory, to implement CFT interventions for a range of problems.
You will engage in readings, experiential self-practice, and learn how to apply the science of compassion in and out of the therapy room.
Over the course of eight interactive, webinar-style sessions, you'll learn:
- The role of mindfulness, compassion and acceptance in effective psychotherapy
- How to use mindfulness and compassion techniques to strengthen the therapeutic relationship
- Techniques for using compassion training to enhance treatment of anxiety and mood disorders
- How to integrate CFT with other evidence-based therapy methods like ACT, CBT & DBT
- How to run Compassionate Mind Training groups
- Tools to apply CFT to work with chronic shame and self-criticism
You’ll also have the opportunity to bring your questions to top trainers in compassion-focused therapy, including the form's originator, Dr. Paul Gilbert, who will be joining as a special guest for one of the sessions in this training.
Join this in-depth online course and build the foundation you need to advance your CFT skill base and grow as a clinician.
This 8-week course is Part I of a redesigned and reimagined 16-week immersive, online learning experience in CFT.
Attendees must complete the course in full and attend all sessions in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given.
Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.
Session 1 | February 28, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EST
From Theory to Practice in CFT – Introducing the CFT Model and How to Move from Concept to Application in CFT
Session 2 | March 7, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EST
The Evolutionary Model of Compassion and Social Mentality Theory – Experiential Exercises, Discussion and Assignments
Session 3 | March 14, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
The Reality Check, The Nature of Mind, and Nature’s Mind – Why our Suffering is Not Our Fault – Experiential Practice, Discussion and Assignments
Session 4 | March 21, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
The Three Circle Model of Emotions in CFT in Theory and Application – Introductory Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) Experiential Practice, Discussion and Assignments
Session 5 | March 28, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
The Twelve Competencies of Compassion in Theory and Application – CMT Experiential Practice, Discussion and Assignments
Session 6 | April 4, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
Case Conceptualization in CFT in Theory and Application – Fears, Blocks, and Resistances – CMT Experiential Practice, Discussion and Assignments
Session 7 | April 11, 2021, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
Working with Shame and Self-Criticism in CFT – CMT Experiential Practice, Discussion and Assignments
Session 8 | April 18, 2021, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
Multiple Self Work and Multiple Chair Work in CFT – CMT Experiential Practice, Discussion and Assignments
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the foundational evolutionary model of compassion, mindfulness and emotion used in CFT.
- Use the CFT “Three Circle Model” of emotion regulation in clinical contexts.
- Discuss and utilize Social Mentality Theory in psychotherapy and in scalable interventions.
- Utilize 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.
- Discuss multiple-self dialogue work in CFT.
- Identify and embody the 12 competencies of compassion, experientially training patients in using these elements.
- Describe specific therapist micro-skills and active therapy processes that can lead to greater flexibility and adaptive responding in the moment.
- Develop fluency in collaborative case conceptualization based upon the attributes of the compassionate mind.
- Deploy a range of specific techniques that are focused on cultivating the competencies of compassion in the therapy relationship.
- Discuss ways to implement compassionate mind training, in the service of cultivating the competencies of compassion.
- Utilize the “compassionate self” imagery practice in helping clients develop compassionate strengths.
- Describe the range of CFT imagery practices.
- Use CFT experiential methods in individual or group contexts.
Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and is approved for 16 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:
Joint Accreditation: In support of improving patient care, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
- Nursing: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this activity for a maximum of 16 ANCC contact hours.
- Physicians: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychologists: Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs.
- Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 16 clinical continuing education credits.
- Drug and Alcohol Counselors:This course has been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 16 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
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This training is worth 16 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.
This is an online learning event. Access to a computer and high-speed internet is required. Refer to our FAQ page for further information on technical requirements for this training.
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Refund and Cancellation Policy
We understand, sometimes things come up!
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