Compassionate Leadership Workshop

When: Friday 19th June 2020, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Where: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus (postcode B15 2TT)
Cost: £140 (University of Birmingham alumni are entitled to a 50% discount)
Workshop Facilitator: Professor Deborah Lee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service & South Central Complex Treatment Service for Veterans. Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Psychology, University College London


Recently there has been a rise of interest in bringing compassion focused practices to the workplace in order to improve team functioning and wellbeing. The concept of compassionate leadership brings leadership into every grade and domain in the workplace so that regardless of grade or seniority, compassionate leadership is everyone’s business. Over the last three years, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust has developed and rolled out a compassionate leadership programme and has trained over 1300 of its staff.

The programme, and evaluation of its outcomes, will presented during the workshop. The workshop will use the underlying theoretical principles of Compassionate Mind Training as a framework to explore self-compassion and team compassion.

The workshop explores ways to identify inhibitors and facilitators to compassionate practice in the work place, address threat-focused team functioning and explore how to bring about commitment and practice of compassionate team cohesion and team working.

About the presenter

Professor Deborah Lee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service and South Central Veterans Service. She is also an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. She is author of the Compassionate-Mind Guide to Recovering from Trauma and PTSD: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Flashbacks, Shame, Guilt, and Fear (2013). New Harbinger, New York.

She has recently been developing, delivering and evaluating a Compassion Focused Approach to Leadership program to over 800 staff in the NHS. She has worked in the field of trauma for 25 years and specialises in the treatment of complex PTSD. Her particular area of clinical and research interest is in shame based PTSD and self-criticism. She has pioneered the use of developing compassionate resilience as part of a phased based treatmentapproach to complex PTSD.

She has widely contributed to the dissemination ofher clinical knowledge through writing and delivering over 150 clinical workshops and talks in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Suggested pre-course reading

  • Christiansen, A., O'Brien, M. R., Kirton, J. A., Zubairu, K., & Bray, L. (2015). Delivering compassionate care: the enablers and barriers. British Journal of Nursing, 24(16), 833-837.
  • Crawford, P., Brown, B., Kvangarsnes, M., & Gilbert, P. (2014). The design of compassionate care. Journal of clinical nursing, 23(23-24), 3589-3599.
  • Gilbert, P., (2009). Introducing Compassion Focused Therapy. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 15 199-208. Doi:10.1192/apt.bp.107.005264
  • Li, A., Early, S. F., Mahrer, N. E., Klaristenfeld, J. L., & Gold, J. I. (2014). Group cohesion and organizational commitment: protective factors for nurse residents' job satisfaction, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and burnout. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(1), 89-99.
  • Pawson, R., & Tilley, N. (1997). Realistic evaluation. Sage.