CFT was developed for mental-health issues linked to shame and self-criticism, and for work with those who often come from difficult (eg. neglectful or abusive) backgrounds (Gilbert). The focus is not the content of the client’s problems but the affect and attitude the client takes towards themselves in their suffering. The absence or presence of self-compassion has potential to amplify pain or soothe emotional pain, respectively. Kindly & non-judgmentally relating to oneself & one’s emotional experiences is a worthwhile therapeutic target (Germer & Neff, 2013).
CFT integrates concepts from evolutionary, social, developmental and Buddhist psychologies with modern neuroscience to artfully show that feeling cared for, accepted, soothed, and having a sense of belonging, and affiliation with self and others, is fundamental to our physiological and psychological well-being. The workshop draws from the work of Prof Paul Gilbert (creator of CFT), and Dennis Tirch (founder of The Centre of Compassion Focused Therapy).
The aim of the workshop is to help participants explore how imbalanced use of the three main human emotion-regulation systems described by CFT can underlie many mental health presentations. Fostering an internal compassionate relationship with one’s self can alleviate some of these experiences and encourage continued growth and movement toward wellness, in our own lives, and those of our clients.
Shame and self-criticism are trans-diagnostic issues and the CFT approach understands that in the presence of these issues, individuals may find it difficult to generate feelings of contentment, warmth or safeness in their own skin but also in relationship to others. CFT will be demonstrated as a therapeutic approach to address this common hindrance to treatment and recovery.
|Handout 1 - CFT Workbook (17.84 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Handout 2 - Presenter slides (0.64 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Handout 3: Video Link (0.01 MB)||Available after Purchase|
Kate Mutimer is a psychologist with 20 years experience working with individuals and groups in community health and organisational settings. Kate is a meditation and compassion teacher and a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher. She has specialist knowledge and extensive experience in practicing psychotherapy and facilitating change. Kate’s clinical background includes clinical assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety and personality disorders, adolescent and family counseling, working with issues of sexuality, relationships and identity. Kate has also spent time lecturing at QUT and Griffith University in Change Management, group facilitation, applied counseling psychology and family studies. Currently, Kate Works in private practice and within workplace wellbeing initiatives, providing a broad range of mental health, stress management and other lifestyle solutions. Kate is registered as a generalist Psychologist with AHPRA. She is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Registration fee: $199
Lifetime access to the video and the resources
Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.
This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points.
You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.
Learning objectives of this training:
“Compassion is the acknowledgement that not all pain can be “fixed’ or ‘solved’ but all suffering is made more approachable in a landscape of compassion…Compassion is a multi-textured response to pain, sorrow and anguish. It includes kindness, empathy, generosity and acceptance. The strands of courage, tolerance, and equanimity are equally woven into the cloth of compassion. Above all compassion is the capacity to open to the reality of suffering and to aspire to healing. (Feldman & Kuyken, 2011)”.
How will you benefit from attending this training?
Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at pdp-catalogue.com.au and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.
This practical training is suitable for all clinicians working in any healthcare setting in direct patient contact, especially psychologists, counsellors, school counsellors, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, GPs, GP registrars, practice nurses, and other allied health practitioners.
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