Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) – Deepening Knowledge and Skills with Chris Irons – Day 2

Course Description

Recorded Workshop
Presenter: Dr. Chris Irons
Please note: you will have access to this recording until Monday 7th June

This two day workshop has been developed to help practitioners develop their clinical skills in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to work with people who struggle with shame and self -loathing.  The workshop will not be problem specific but look at the transdiagnostic ways to  work with and develop  self-compassion.

As the emphasis will be on clinical skills and role play, it would be helpful if you have attended introductory workshops on CFT, know the theory and are comfortable with social mentality theory, shame, attachment, CFT formulation concepts such as tricky brain, three circles and compassionate mind training.

 You will have an opportunity to learn more about the CFT model, and how you can use this as a powerful transdiagnositc approach to your work.

In the workshop you’ll learn to deepen your understanding of:

  • Some of the biopsychosocial theory that sits underneath CFT
  • How to use the three system model of emotion in a practical and helpful way in therapy
  • How to formulate in different ways using CFT
  • Examples how to explain and share the concept of compassion
  • How do explore parts work in CFT
  • How to use and engage in various CFT interventions to cultivate greater self-compassion
About the Presenter

Dr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, researcher, writer and trainer specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (, a London based organisation providing compassion-focused psychological interventions for individuals and organisations. He also works for the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and as a Visiting Lecturer at University College London (UCL).

For 20 years, Chris has worked with Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues on research and clinical developments linked to CFT. He was involved in some of the initial research papers and book chapters on CFT (Gilbert & Irons, 2004, 2005), and has published many articles and book chapters on compassion, attachment, shame and self-criticism. He has authored five books, including ‘The Compassionate Mind Workbook’ (with Dr Elaine Beaumont) and ‘CFT from the Inside Out’ (with Russell Kolts, James Bennett-Levy and Tobyn Bell), and ‘The Compassionate Mind Approach for Difficult Emotions’.

Chris regularly provides CFT teaching, training, workshops and retreats across the world. He has run trainings, workshops and talks in 20 countries, to over 10,000 attendees. Chris is an experienced clinician, having worked in the NHS and in independent practice for many years. He has recently been leading on the development of compassion based approaches for the general public to help people develop a more compassionate way of relating to themselves and others.


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Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) – Deepening Knowledge and Skills with Chris Irons – Day 2

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