STARTTS – Compassion Focused Therapy (Non-AACBT event)

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13 Feb 2019
09:00 am
- 05:00 pm
NSW Teacher’s Federation Conference Centre
37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
  • Paul Gilbert
  • James Kirby
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Compassion Focused Therapy

13-15 February 2019 @ 9.30am-5pm


NSW Teacher’s Federation Conference Centre

37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Registrations essential


$745 full | $645 concession | $715 groups 5+

CPD Points: 16.5 hours


Compassion Focused Therapy

This workshop will enable participants to bring an evolutionary framework to the conceptualisation of mental health problems and their alleviation. Participants will learn about how the human ability to have objective self-awareness and self-monitor can be a source of shame, anxiety and depression; how the three-affect regulation system (threat awareness and coping, reward and resource seeking, and contentment and soothing) forms complex patterns within the mind; and how early life experiences can shape the organisation of our emotions and underpin mental health difficulties. We will then explore the two basic psychologies of compassion (engagement and action); the various competencies that support them such as distress tolerance empathy and cultivating compassionate intention for self and others; and how these competencies are used to address mental health difficulties, particularly shame and self-criticism, and to recognise and explore ways of dealing with our fears, blocks and resistances to compassion. Participants will complete the workshop with an understanding of compassion as flow, compassion to others, being open to compassion from others, and compassion towards oneself. The course is designed to encourage the use of practices that stimulate compassionate mental states and those that build a sense of the compassionate self-identity.


Workshop Objectives

Over the three days, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how evolutionary functional analysis advances our understanding of mental health difficulties and in particular the importance of the evolution of attachment, caring and affiliation as part of the human affect motivation and regulation systems
  • Gain an understanding of the 3 system affect regulation model (threat, drive and affiliative-soothing), which informs compassion-focused interventions
  • Be exposed to key compassion-focused skills including the use of the breath and body postures, the practice of compassion focused imagery, the use of compassionate mind training to build the “compassionate self”, employing the “compassionate self” to engage with areas of personal difficulty ,and building supportive social relationships.
  • Gain an understanding of how CFT may be applied to clients with different problems in which there is a non-affiliative relationship with self and/or others (e.g. eating disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, shame, psychosis etc).


Target audience

Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, social workers, and any other professionals interested in a compassion focused approach to the clinical treatment of mental health issues.