Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy

Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy with internationally renowned practitioner Paul Gilbert

Session Date: Thursday 26 Mar and Friday 27 Mar, 2020
Time:  9.00am - 5.00pm each day
Meals: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided
Advance Booking Required: Yes


  • GP/Psychotherapists/Psychologists – $470 (if you are also attending the Goodfellow Symposium, starting Saturday)
  • GP/Psychotherapists/Psychologists – $520 (if you are not attending the Goodfellow Symposium)

  • Nurse and student rate - $270 (if you are also attending the Goodfellow Symposium, starting Saturday)
  • Nurse and student rate - $320 (if you are not attending the Goodfellow Symposium)

Professor Paul Gilbert PhD OBE, President of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, Prof of Clinical Psychology, and best selling author (20 Books inc Compassionate Mind & Mindful Compassion), is coming to New Zealand to offer this world-class workshop in Compassion Focused Therapy.

Practising compassion is shown to have powerful effects on the mind, body, and social processes.

 This two-day workshop will help you cultivate your potential for a compassionate mind with personal practice.

Integrating mindfulness into the practice of compassion, we will find a step-by-step approach to cultivating the inner compassionate self, drawing from a synthesis of Western therapeutic and Buddhist approaches.

Day I

  • The workshop will cover some of the origins of Compassion Focused Therapy and how it is an evolutionary biopsychosocial and contextual science.
  • We will explore compassion as a motivational system with three dimensions, its definition, self-identity (the self that seeks to be helpful, not harmful) and create the internal competencies for a compassionate mind e.g. by the vagus nerve.
  • I outline the nature of the 3 affect regulation systems of threat, drive and affiliative-soothing  and how they are utilised in compassion-focused interventions.
  • Learn the 12 competencies of compassion.
  • We cover compassion-focused skills including; the use of breath and body postures, understanding and cultivating mindfulness, letter writing, compassionate flashcards, compassionate anchoring, and the practice of compassion-focused imagery.


Day 2

  • We explore emotions in more detail.
  • I introduce one of CFT’s key practices, that of multiple selves.
  • We look at the different forms of self-criticism and how to switch hostile self-criticism to compassionate self-correction.
  • A review of practices.


Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and is a Visiting Professor at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Paul obtained his PhD in clinical training in 1980. He was an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust until his retirement in (1989-2016). 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.

He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993 and recognition for his original research. In 2003 Paul was president of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. He was an invited expert member for the first British Governments’ NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 23 books and over 300 publications.

In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charity with the mission statement “to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.

Check out Paul on Twitter @ProfPaulGilbert or the Compassionate Mind website.

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