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Thursday, May 14th 2020 - Friday, May 15th 2020

Compassion-Focused Therapy in Practice *online*

Russell Kolts, PhD
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Thursday, May 14 – Friday, May 15, 2020, 9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a form of psychotherapy that draws upon evolution science, affective neuroscience, attachment theory and therapy, and behavioural psychology in assisting individuals who suffer with emotional difficulties. Utilizing mindfulness, the purposeful cultivation of compassion and a host of treatment strategies such as imagery, chair-work, breath-body work and behavioral and thought experiments, CFT can help clients who struggle with issues of shame and self-criticism.

Because its theoretical basis draws from multiple bodies of science, CFT can sometimes be challenging to grasp, initially. In this two-day training, participants will learn a way to organize CFT into a set of layered processes and practices that will allow them to systematically understand, train and begin to implement CFT. In doing so, participants will learn how CFT therapists utilize the therapeutic relationship to set the stage for client self-compassion and employ Socratic dialogue and guided discovery to help clients shift from shame to being able to relate compassionately and effectively to difficult experiences. Additionally, participants will learn about a number of core CFT techniques and will practise how to implement some of them through in-class exercises and group work.

You Will Learn:

• About the layered processes and practices targeted in CFT, and how they work together to set a context for the cultivation of self-compassion
• About the roles of the therapist in CFT
• About the role of compassionate realizations in helping clients work with shame and self-attacking
• About the three-circles model of emotion
• How to guide clients in examining the ways that different motives and emotions organize their mental experience
• How to help clients identify and examine problematic old-brain/new-brain loops that maintain threat experiences
• How to facilitate client examination of the social shaping of their challenging emotions and behaviours.
• How to teach Soothing-Rhythm Breathing to help clients work with emotions
• How compassion can be applied in working with challenging emotions

About the Speaker:

Russell Kolts, PhD, is an internationally recognized trainer in CFT and Director of the Inland Northwest Compassionate Mind Center in Spokane, Washington. He has published numerous articles and written several books about CFT, including CFT Made Simple, Experiencing Compassion-Focused Therapy from the Inside Out, The Compassionate Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger, and An Open-Hearted Life: Transformative Lessons on Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun (with Thubten Chodron), .
Professionals (IATP).


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