Action Methods for Compassion Focused Therapists: An Experiential Workshop for Mobilising Compassion

When: Friday 6th March 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: Kate Lucre


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a motivational and integrative approach to working with shame and self-criticism, manifesting in a broad range of psychological and emotional difficulties. As such, this evolutionary psychology based neuroscientific model of the mind is highly relevant and applicable to working with embodied action. Action Methods include a rich variety of structured experiential methods used in organisational, educational, community and therapeutic settings. This may include group building exercises and other activities such as group problem solving, developing and rehearsing new skills, interactive drama techniques, values clarification exercises and activities aimed at promoting new decisions and personal change.

The methods are intended to engage the whole person in mind, emotions, body and action. This workshop will introduce Action Methods and the ways in which this model has been adapted to meet the fundamental aims of CFT, the cultivation of compassion across the three flows, to the self, from others and to others. This day will give participants the opportunity to explore

Action Methods and the application within Compassion Focused Therapy. An overview of CFT and the rationale for working with embodied action will provide a basis for experiential exercises to deepen understanding and practice therapeutic integration. A focus on personal practice, experiential learning and self-discovery will inform the teaching over the course of the day. There will be an opportunity for discussion around the appropriate use of CFT adapted action methods technique with different client groups.

This workshop has been designed for CFT practitioners, therapists and clinicians who wish to deepen their practice by developing knowledge and skills inembodied, action based exploratory pathways, which they can apply in CFT practice with clients. Some prior knowledge and application of CFT will be advantageous to thosewishing to attend this workshop as we will not covering the basis model indetail. However prior training in CFT is not required.

About the presenter

Kate Lucre is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist,supervisor and trainer, an accredited EMDR practitioner and has completed aCertificate in Action Methods. She also has a Strategic Leadership role forCompassion Focused Therapy in Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. She trained as a social worker in 1998 and worked overseasfor 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.