Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Psychosis

With international presenters:
Dr Eleanor Longden and Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

This workshop is designed for mental health practitioners who are interested in learning about the Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) model of compassion,
how to apply this model to support clients with psychosis-related difficulties, and the developing evidence base for this approach. It is open to practitioners with or without prior training in CFT.
Participants will learn:

1. how to help clients establish a bodily experience of safeness through direct CFT practices such as soothing rhythm breathing, mindfulness and imagery exercises.
2. how to support their clients to develop a ‘compassionate self’, which is a self-identity that organises the mind and provides a secure base (or grounding) from which to do the therapeutic work.
3. how to encourage their clients to use these compassionate qualities and skills to manage internal conflicts. This is achieved through techniques such as voice dialoguing, imagery, chair work, and letter writing.
4. about the current nature and level of evidence for the CFT approach and how this evidence-base may be developed.

This Workshop has been organised by Southern Synergy which is a Faculty Research Centre within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. The centre sits within the Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, and is substantially supported by Monash Health.