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Compassion-Focused Skills For Therapists(6 weeks)

Short Live Online Course to introduce and use Compassion-Focused Skills


Compassion is the heart of healing. It is a powerful source of strength, coping and resilience.

COMPASSION-FOCUSED SKILLS FOR THERAPISTS integrates Compassion-Focused Therapy(CFT) pioneered by Paul Gilbert and  Mindful Self-Compassion(MSC) developed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, for more effective clinical intervention in assisting clients dealing with a wide range of mental health problems.

Compassion-focused therapy and Mindful Self Compassion are both evidence-based clinical therapeutic interventions that call on our more evolved mental capacity of empathy and compassion to ease the suffering in others as well as for ourselves.  

Compassion-Focused Skills can be used to treat a variety of psychological disorders. It is especially helpful for clients who are experiencing a high level of self-coldness, shame and self-criticism which have been found to exacerbate and maintain depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Cultivating compassion and self-compassion  increase the capacities to engage in a supportive relationship and to foster emotions of safeness, contentment, belonging and connection which are core to psychological healing. Many therapists have added CFT and MSC approaches to their clinical repertoire to facilitate greater transformation in themselves and their clients. Compassion-Focused Skills will assist therapists from a variety of training and approaches such as CBT, ACT, EMDR as well as many others.

Compassion benefits both the receiver and the giver.
Compassion is central to the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. To be effective in our clinical work we need to engage, to connect in an empathic way, to model to the client, the internal relationship with their own self that  we wish to promote that will heal and strengthen them at the core.  When we as a therapist, cultivate the three flows of compassion we find a new source of courage, vitality and resilience. 

Research shows that cultivating the three flows of compassion protects therapists from burnout as well as empathy distress, caregiver fatigue and vicarious trauma which arises as we resonate with the struggles of our clients.


Compassion-focused skills will present the essentials of Compassion-Focused Therapy such as how we can work with the evolution of the brain, the three circles of emotion, the multiple self and case formulations.  We will also present tools from the Mindful Self-Compassion program that aim to promote a sense of safeness, warmth and contentment to increase the regulation of emotions in the client as well as for the clinicians.

Compassion is defined in terms of two psychologies (Paul Gilbert). The first psychology, is the sensitivity to the suffering in the self and in others(empathy).  The second psychology is the commitment to try to alleviate and prevent suffering in self and others.

Compassion is often understood has “being with”, soft, comforting, validating and soothing. However, compassion can also be strong and fierce, about “acting in the world” intending to protect, provide, and motivate. The Mindful Self-Compassion program contains a wide range of meditation, and exercises helping to explore what is needed, to feel more connected, to build inner emotional resources, to promote increased resilience.


Research findings

An increasing body of research is showing that Mindful Self-Compassion fosters mental and physical health: reducing anxiety and depression while promoting emotional regulation, healthy lifestyle and resilience.  

Studies in clinical settings have showed that Compassion Focused Therapy can lead to significant psychological improvements in clients with diagnosis of anxiety, depression, trauma, brain injury, eating disorders, personality disorders, hoarding disorders, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and other chronic mental health problems and psychosis, both within groups and during one-to-one therapy.

What Compassion-Focused Skills For Therapist is not?
This program is not just about learning to being nice to our clients or for them to be nice to themselves! Compassion-Focused Therapies offers much more. In this workshop we aim to understand how our brain function, so we can cultivate a compassionate mind in order to feel connected, contented and safe. This would enable our client to better regulate emotions, to cultivate courage and inner resources to thrive and flourish as human beings.

Compassion can be learned
Some may engage in compassion more easily than others, but we also know that we can learn to become more compassionate. Compassion-Focused Skills give us the tools as therapists to be more compassionate towards our clients, as well as tools to teach our clients to be compassionate towards themselves, to let go of harsh self-coldness and shame which exacerbate or maintain their anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.


Compassion-Focused Therapy (Paul Gilbert) recognises that compassion flows in three directions:

  • Compassion we have towards others
  • Compassion we open to receive from others
  • Compassion we direct towards ourselves internally (self-compassion)

Compassion-Focused Therapy has a comprehensive framework of a compassion model which can be applied to therapy in clinical settings which involves a compassionate mind training program designed to develop compassionate attributes and skills for individuals or groups.


Compassion-Focused skills
In the program, we will elaborate on the conceptual framework of Compassion-Focused Therapy and as well include many Mindful Self-Compassion practices for enhanced emotion regulation.  The content of the program will be didactic as well as experiential.

What you will learn:
Compassion-Focused Skills for Therapists will provide a practical framework and application to:

1.    Explore the evolutionary model of the “tricky” brain and associated psychological processes.
2.    Ease misgivings, resistance and fear of compassion and self-compassion in ourselves and our clients
3.    Understand the three different emotional systems- threat system, drive system and care-giver-soothing system
4.    Develop the capacity for attention and emotion regulation via the affiliative-care-giver and the parasympathetic system
5.    Cultivate compassion-focused practices strengthening helpful motives, competencies and identities
6.    Developing a compassionate voice to ease self-coldness and self-criticism
7.    Cultivate practices to promoting a feeling of safeness, contentment, warmth and connection
8.    Enable our clients to shift from self-blame to promote acceptance and self-compassion.
9.    Call on a multiple-selves concept to help to bring balance and to regulate difficult emotions
10.    Cultivate a compassionate voice to ease self-coldness and self-criticism while cultivating courage and resilience.


At the end of the workshop you will be more able to:

  • Bring into balance the three emotional systems including the threat system.
  • Understand and make peace with the inner critic and ease shame
  • Cultivate a compassionate voice to gain better motivation, courage and resilience
  • Work with the multiple selves for more understanding, acceptance and integration
  • Understand and practice the three flows of compassion including self-compassion
  • Activate the care-giving affiliative system to develop self-compassionate responses to soothe, to ease difficult emotions
  •  Increase capacity to engage with distress to help clients more effectively.
  • Understand case formulation and use worksheets
  • Teach self-reflective exercises, meditations and visualisations to cultivate compassion and self-compassion

What to expect:
This program will provide you with practical applications and tools to assist you and your clients in easy difficult emotions. Each topic will be followed by an experiential exercise or practice. The program involves guided mindfulness and self-compassion meditations, visualisations, as well as writing and self-reflective exercises.

Who is it for:
This practical program is for Health professionals and therapists who see clients face to face or in group sessions such as psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, school counsellors, mental health/psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, coaches, counsellors and others working in a variety of settings in mental health, drug and alcohol, relationship counselling, genetic counselling and so on.


Continued Professional Development (CPD)
A Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Certificate of Attendance of 10 hours will be given to everyone. In addition, a Certificate for Active Learning will be available following additional participation and the completion of a questionnaire. This program is endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and promoted on the Australian Psychological Society (APS) on the calendar of events.


Presenters:  Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist and John Julian, Social Worker, have each over 40 years of experience in working in a variety of mental health public, academic and private sectors.  In the last 15 years, they have used compassion-focused mode of therapies, such as Compassion-Focused Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion. They are both leaders in teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for health professionals, in Australia. 


Online Compassion-Focused skills for Therapists (6 weeks - 10 hours)

Presenter: Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist and John Julian, Social Worker,

Date:  Aug 27, 2020 - Oct 1, 2020

Time: Thursday Evening 7:00-8:30pm AEST

Location: Event Online- Webinar

Price: Early bird (12 August) $240.00 Regular $290.00



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