Foundations of Compassion-Focused Therapy
An Introduction to Theory and Practice
About This Course
- The role of mindfulness, compassion and acceptance in effective psychotherapy
- How to use mindfulness and compassion techniques in the therapy relationship.
- Techniques for using compassion training to enhance treatment of anxiety and mood disorders
- Using CFT with other evidence-based therapy methods like ACT, CBT & DBT
- Running Compassionate Mind Training groups
- Using CFT to work with chronic shame and self-criticism
Session 1 | March 1, 2021, 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 8, 2021, 1 PM—3 PM EST
The Evolutionary Model of Compassion and Social Mentality Theory – Experiential Exercises, Discussion and Assignments
Session 3 | March 15, 2021, 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 22, 2021, 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 29, 2021, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
The Twelve Competencies of Compassion in Theory and Application – CMT Experiential Practice, Discussion and Assignments
Session 6 | April 5, 2021, 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 12, 2021, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
Working with Shame and Self-Criticism in CFT – CMT Experiential Practice, Discussion and Assignments
Session 8 | April 19, 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 course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 16 CE Hours by the following:
- NBCC – National Counselors
- NAADAC – Drug & Alcohol Counselors
- WESPSB – Educators
- ACCME – Physicians
- ANCC – Nurses
- NASW - This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886825109-7467) for 16 continuing education contact hours.
- APA - Psychologist: Institute for Better Health, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health, Inc maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
- NY State: Social Worker, Counselor, & Psychologists
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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.
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