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COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY (CFT): ENHANCING YOUR CLINICAL APPROACH - Learning and helping to replace blame, condemnation and self-criticism

Event Details
Date: 19 Mar 2020
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

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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). • Emotions of contentment and safeness are more strongly associated with lower depression, anxiety and stress, than are positive emotions of excitement or feeling energized (Gilbert, 2008). Therefore, the caregiver’s ability to foster feelings of affiliation for a client and for the client toward themselves is likely to result in greater symptom relief than mere goal achievement. • The therapist embodying mindfulness and selfcompassion practices and whilst simultaneously working with the client on these practices encapsulates the effectiveness of CFT. 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.

Learning objectives

  • Use the three major human emotion-regulation systems to formulate and understand patient difficulties
  • Activate the affiliate focused, soothing/safeness/wellbeing system to develop self-compassion
  • Learn and practice methods to foster a real time felt experience of self-compassion
  • Use experiential exercises of mindfulness and self compassion to address issues of shame and disconnection
  • Learn how to develop an observing witness level of awareness to release the threat response system
  • Reconceptualise treatment resistance and develop ways to help clients engage more fully with positive therapeutic interventions

Presenter details

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 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

Mantra on Russell
222 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

19 March 2020

9:15am - 4:30pm

* Also available as a live webcast on the 28th October 2020 click here


Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

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