Using Compassion Focused Therapy in Groups

When: Thursday 28th May to Friday 29th May 2020, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Where: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus (postcode B15 2TT)
Cost: £280 (University of Birmingham alumni are entitled to a 50% discount)
Speaker: Kate Lucre


Compassion Focused Therapy was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert to address difficulties associated with shame and self-criticism, manifesting in a broad range of psychological and emotional difficulty. As a model of human suffering and wellbeing, CFT is now being used not only in a wide range of clinical settings, from primary care to secure forensic services, but also in educational and organisational settings.

This workshop will offer an overview of the CFT framework with a specific focus on the application of Compassion Focused Therapy to a group-based context. This workshop will combine a theoretical overview of Compassion Focused Therapy with practical suggestions for developing and managing the dynamics of all aspects of therapy. We will cover groups across the spectrum of complexity and duration, from short term psycho-educative programmes aimed at primary care through to long term trauma-focused psychotherapy with hard to reach clients.

The focus of these two days will however be on supporting staff who are interested in developing shorter term Compassion Focused Therapy groups, or the early stages of establishing safeness in a more exploratory programme. There will be a range of experiential exercises, focusing on developing personal practice in self-compassion and delivering psychotherapeutic interventions.

Role play practice opportunities will be offered with small group discussions regarding referral criteria, managing safety and using an evolutionary psychology model to cultivate compassion as the basis for inner growth and change.This workshop has been designed for practitioners, therapists and clinicians who wish to develop their knowledge and practice of exploratory psychotherapy with structured components to provide a more accessible pathway.

This workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of the evolutionarypsychology model of CFT as it relates to group work. It is expected thatparticipants in this workshop will gain theoretical and practice-based knowledge about the application of the CFT to group work and group dynamics,and have the basis upon which to develop shorter term group work.

About the presenter

Kate Lucre is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist,supervisor and trainer, an accredited EMDR practitioner and has completed a Certificate in Action Methods. She also has a Strategic Leadership role for Compassion Focused Therapy in Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. She trained as a social worker in 1998 and worked overseas for a number of years in Australia and New Zealand, before returning to the UK and training in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

She has been developing CFT for people with personality disorder and complex trauma for over 12 yearsand has published pilot data on a group work model. She delivers training in CFT and personality disorder within health, education and social care settings and is currently involved in a number of research projects evaluating CFT interventions and Compassion Focused staff support initiatives. She is the Supervision Coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation.

Suggested pre-course reading

  • Gilbert, P. (2009). The Compassionate Mind. A New Approach to the Challenges of Life. London: Constable & Robinson.
  • Gilbert, P. (2010). Compassion Focused Therapy. Distinctive Features. London: Routledge.
  • Gilbert, P. (ed.). (2010). Compassion Focused Therapy: Special Issue. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. 3, 97-201