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Compassion-Focused Therapy - Online

Event Details
Date: 5 August - 9 September 2021
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 12

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Organiser: Marie Bloomfield and John Julian

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COMPASSION-FOCUSED THERAPY (CFT) pioneered by Paul Gilbert, is a compelling clinical intervention in assisting clients dealing with a wide range of mental health problems.

Compassion-Focused Therapy is empirically validated as an effective therapeutic interventions to treat a variety of psychological disorders. It is especially helpful for clients who are experiencing a high level of self-criticism and shame, which have been found to exacerbate and maintain depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Cultivating compassion and self-compassion increase the capacities to engage in a supportive relationship and to foster emotions of safeness, contentment, belonging and connection which are core to psychological healing. Many therapists from a variety of training and approaches such as CBT, ACT, EMDR as well as many others, have added Compassion-Focused Therapy to their clinical repertoire to facilitate greater transformation in themselves and their clients.

Learning objectives

  • Bring into balance the three emotional systems including the threat system.
  • Understand and make peace with the inner critic and ease shame
  • Cultivate a compassionate voice to gain better motivation, courage and resilience
  • Work with the multiple selves for more understanding, acceptance and integration
  • Understand and practice the three flows of compassion including self-compassion
  • Activate the care-giving affiliative system to develop self-compassionate responses to soothe, to ease difficult emotions
  • Increase capacity to engage with distress to help clients more effectively.
  • Understand case formulation and use worksheets
  • Teach self-reflective exercises, meditations and visualisations to cultivate compassion and self-compassion

Presenter details

John Julian, Social Worker, and Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist have each over 40 years of experience in working in a variety of mental health public, academic and private sectors. In the last 11 years, they have used compassion-focused mode of therapies, such as Compassion-Focused Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion. They are both leaders in teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for health professionals in Australia.

Method of delivery and dates

Date: 5 August - 9 September 2021

Time: Thursday Evening 7:00-9:00 pm AEST (UTC +10)

Location: Event Online - Webinar


Early bird (prior to 22 July): $290.00
Regular: $340.00


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To register:

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers