Why Wait Til Adulthood? A Compassion Focused Approach to Working with Young People

When: Friday 24th January 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)
Speaker: Dr Mary Welford


This workshop will introduce delegates to the key ways CFT can adapted to assist children & their families. Five key aspects of CFT will be focused on and tangible exercises will be practiced to ensure delegates leave with five ways in which CFT can influence their practice and, maybe, their own lives too.

Compassion Focused Therapy was developed by Paul Gilbert as a means of addressing psychological difficulties underpinned by shame and self-criticism. The model draws on an array of important research fields such as social, neurophysiological and evolutionary theory, attachment and developmental psychology to seek to understand ourselves and others.

It then assists individuals to mindfully tune into & develop compassion, thus activating our ‘affiliative/soothing system’ and balancing our affect regulating systems, particularly in response to threat.

In recent years there has been a growing evidence base for the approach. It has been adapted & tailored for those experiencing trauma, eating related difficulties, psychosis, physical health conditions & work related stress.So why wait til adulthood? Why not use CFT with children & young people to prevent & alleviate problems sooner?

About the presenter

Dr Mary Welford is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She was Chair of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and author of ‘The Compassionate Mind Guide to Building Self-Confidence’ and ‘Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies’. Mary has been developed a compassion in schools program and trains a range of individuals in Compassion Focused Therapy both in the UK and overseas.