Kyoto Hall - Marinela

An introduction to compassion focused therapy (CFT) - Part I

Part 1 of this workshop introduces participants to the origins and nature of the CFT model with a focus on:

  1. the serious problems for humanity due to the nature of our evolved minds
  2. The importance of recognising our multiple motivational and emotional systems that can be in conflict with each other and are context sensitive
  3. The three systems of affect regulation, with a specific focus on creating a sense of safeness and how that links to attachment theory, evolve nature and function of social relationships, and the relationship between sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous system.

Part 2 will introduce concepts of: 

  1. What compassion actually is (and is not) from an evolutionary model
  2. how it relates to affiliative processing and can organise the mind in particular ways
  3. Some of the practices that are used to cultivate compassion. These will include attention training, soothing rhythm breathing, safe placed imagery, perspective taking, compassionate self-cultivation, compassionate-self focusing and compassion image focusing.

Introduction to how to use a compassionate-self focusing to address various emotional difficulties including self-criticism. Participants will be engaged in personal practice and trying out these practices and group reflections.

Learning objectives

Participants will

  1. Learn about the origins of CFT and how it was developed for people with high shame and self-criticism – and the different types of shame and self-criticism.
  2. understand the process of compassion as flow: the compassion we feel for others; the compassion we are open to from others; and self-compassion
  3. recognise how different practices focus on different elements of this “flow” and be able to recognise which practices go with which focus for compassion.
  4. Participants will learn how to use imagery for compassion practice

Training Modalities:

PowerPoint case discussions video clips and personal practices