An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy with Paul Gilbert

12th, 13th & 14th November, 2018


Monday 12th  – Wednesday 14th November
9.30am – 4.30pm each day
 Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY
Presenter: Professor Paul Gilbert OBE

Compassion focused therapy is one the most exciting and fastest growing modern therapeutic approaches. Its application is wide and far reaching as a method to promote deep healing for clients struggling with a variety of issues.

Paul_G PicJoin the originator of Compassion Focused Therapy, Professor Paul Gilbert, as he takes you through an extensive introduction to the approach. Learn the cutting edge innovations in CFT that you will be able to implement in your practice immediately. If you’re looking to widen and strengthen your ability to help clients and make real and substantial differences in their lives, then this workshop is for you.

Paul is  a master trainer whose international reputation is well deserved. Don’t miss out on this chance to see him in action!

Compassion focused therapy is rooted in an evolutionary model of human psychology. You’ll be introduced to the difficulties that the human brain encounters because of its evolutionary history and the way in which old motivation and emotional systems interact with newly evolved cognitive skills. For example, humans are the only species that self-monitor and while this has plus, it also comes with a lot of shame, anxiety and depression.

You’ll also be introduced to the three affect regulation systems linked to threat, reward  and soothing — and how they form complex patterns in the mind. You’ll learn how early life experiences can shape our emotions increasing our dispositions towards threat based emotions that underpin a lot of mental health difficulties.

In the introduction a particular focus will be on a trans-diagnostic problem that sits underneath many mental health problems which is shame and high levels of self-criticism. Shame and self-criticism can accentuate and maintain difficulties and can complicate and undermine therapeutic efforts. These individuals often come from abusive/bullying, neglectful and/or demanding/critical backgrounds, and have difficulties in regulating emotions through affiliative and soothing systems. Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training were developed with, and for, people from such backgrounds to address chronic problems associated with shame and self-criticism.

This workshop will help participants bring an evolutionary framework to the conceptualisation of mental health problems and their alleviation. This workshop draws on new research on the nature of different types of positive affect (activating verses soothing). Using these insights with an evolutionary and attachment focus the workshop explores the components of self-compassion and how the application for self-compassion can facilitate and promote well-being. The fears, blocks and resistances to self-compassion will be explored.

The workshop covers the following materials:

Learning objectives

  • Participants will learn about the origins of CFT and how it has developed for people with high shame and self-criticism –and the different types of shame and self-criticism
  • Participants are introduced to evolutionary functional analysis as a way of understanding mental health difficulties
  • Participants with learn the attributes and skills of the two dimensions of compassion – engagement and action
  • Participants will understand the process of compassion as flow: the compassion we feel for others; the compassion we are open to from others; and self-compassion
  • Participants will recognise how different practices focus on different elements of this “flow” and be able to recognise which practices go with which focus for compassion.
  • Participants will learn how to use imagery, cognitive and behavioural practices for  cultivating compassion intentionality and putting into practice
  • Participants will learn the importance of considering change processes in terms of harnessing motivation and identity formation.

Following this workshop participants are entitled to apply to join the compassion discussion list which is an international list for individuals who are committed to compassion focused therapy.

About The Presenter

Paul Gilbert FBPsS PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and was Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust until his retirement in 2016 after 38 years in the health service. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 40 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties – for which compassion focused therapy was developed. In 2003 he was president of the BABCP and a member of the first British Governments’ NICE depression guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 21 books and over 200 papers and book chapters. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation charity with the mission statement To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion (www.compassionatemind.co.uk). There are now international offices in a number of different countries.

He was made visiting Prof to the University of Queensland in May 2017. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in March 2011.


  • Early bird – £360 (plus VAT) – ends 12th October 2018
  • Standard rate £405 (plus VAT) – from 13th October, 2018

Light refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon tea. Lunch is not included in the registration fee but you will have the option to purchase lunch at one of the many catering outlets outside of the venue.