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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: 18th Oct 2019
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
CPD hrs: 7


Student and new graduate rates available

Organiser: The Professional Development People
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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

Kate Mutimer is a psychologist with 20 years’ experience working with individuals and groups in community health and organisational settings. 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 counselling, working with body issues and eating disorders. Kate has also spent time lecturing at QUT and Griffith University in Change Management, group facilitation, applied counselling 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.

Location and date

Park Regis
293 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000

18 October 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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