Group Compassion Focused Therapy workshop

Facilitators: Prof Paul Gilbert and Dr James Kirby

This workshop will give a brief outline of delivering CFT in groups. The first part of the workshop will offer an overview of some of the important issues of working with groups, selection, and the way groups offer valuable opportunities for members to develop compassion for each other. Group Therapy facilitates many compassion competencies such as mentalisation and awareness of process of interaction. The workshop will reflect on the unfolding of a typical group, exploring issues of beginning, creating a secure base, psychoeducation, and building capacities with mindful compassion and applying them to core issues. Attention will be given to the complexities of working with the flows of compassion in the context where there are sources of compassion for each other. Groups facilitate different processes of change than individual therapy. Participants will work primarily in groups of 5 with participants taking turns in acting as the therapy guidance for the group.


  1. Explore the basic processes of group therapy
  2. The unique and specific issues for delivering CFT in groups
  3. How to enable the group to develop compassionate interactions between participants for mutual interest and encouragement
  4. How to develop and structure group process and interventions
  5. How to apply interventions in the group context

This workshop provides a great opportunity to learn from the founder Prof Paul Gilbert, who has travelled from the UK to provide this training opportunity in Brisbane with Dr James Kirby. CFT is an innovative therapy which has become increasingly popular amongst a range of health professionals. CFT was originally developed for clients with high-levels of self-criticism and shame and has a growing evidence-base for a variety of clinical disorders and presentations, including with depression, anxiety, as well as complex trauma, PTSD, and psychosis. Practicing compassion has been shown to have powerful effects on physiological, psychological and social processes.

This event counts as 12 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

For bookings and information: www.trybooking.com/BFKTI

12/03/2020 - 13/03/2020
9.00 am - 5.00 pm

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