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Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) as a clinical approach. Learning and helping to replace blame and condemnation and self-criticism

Event Details
Date: 30th Nov 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7


Student and new graduate rates available

Organiser: The Professional Development People
Further information

Why is self-compassion so important?

  • Lack of self compassion has been regarded as particularly toxic and pathological (Hayes, 2008).
  • Kindly & non-judgmentally relating to oneself & one’s emotional experiences is a worthwhile therapeutic target (Germer & Neff, 2013).
  • Individuals with high levels of shame & selfcriticism have enormous difficulty being kind to themselves (Gilbert, 2009). “If you want to be happy-focus on compassion” (Dalai Lama 1995, 2001).

This workshop will draw from the work of Paul Gilbert, founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Dennis Tirch, founder of The Centre for Compassion Focused Therapy. The healing properties of compassion have been written about for centuries, including the Dali Lama who connects compassion with happiness. CFT is an integrated and multimodal approach that draws from evolutionary, social, developmental and Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience. The aim of the workshop is to help you develop an internal compassionate relationship with yourself to replace the blaming, condemning and self-critical one and be able to explore this further with your clients. Shame and self-criticism are trans-diagnostic problems. A key element of CFT is related to the observation of individuals prone to high levels of shame and self-criticism. These individuals can find it very difficult to generate feelings of contentment, safeness or warmth in their relationships with others and themselves

Learning objectives

  1. Understand the social creation of the selfevolutionary process.
  2. Review the threat response and the triggers to emotions
  3. Practice the art of self-compassion
  4. Use experiential exercises to get in touch with your compassionate self versus your critical self
  5. Learn how to step out of the threat response loop into awareness of awareness.

Learning outcomes

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Compassion is a powerful anti-dote to human suffering, it will assist you to bring together theory, science and application.
  • The workshop will assist you to weave together a deeper sense of connection with your clients, yourself and others.
  • You will learn that Compassion Focused Therapy means more than being kind and will assist you to better understand the essential experiential constructs, of mindfulness, self-kindness and a sense of common humanity

Presenter details

Mary Sawyer is a psychologist and one of the most experienced and foremost ACT therapist and trainer in Australia. She has engaged in over 100 hours of professional development with expert ACT clinicians around the wolrd and has trained with leading ACT researchers and clinicians. Mary has also trained with the founder of CFT, Paul Gilbert and his colleague Dennis Tirch. With such broad experience as an ACT and CFT therapist, Mary uses ACT and CFT working with a variety of psychological presentations such as; depression and anxiety, grief and loss, post traumatic stress disorder, all addictions, adult survivors of sexual abuse and relationship,separation and divorce issues. Mary regularly presents at national and international ACT conferences and provides clinical supervision for psychologists and other mental health care workers. She has been accepted by the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) as peer-reviewed ACT trainer and has facilitated ACT workshops around Australia. Mary is committed to enhancing ACT and CFT clinical skills and is based in Sydney Australia.

Location and date

UTS Short Course Rooms
Level 7, Building 10
235 Jones Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

30 November 2019



Standard fee: $288

The event is fully catered and all resourced are provided

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here


Register online by clicking here

Ph: 1300 887 622

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