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Digital Seminar

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) Enhancing Your Clinical Approach

Learn therapeutic skills to foster clients' own acceptance, kindness and support of self when high standards and criticism are predominant themes

Kate Mutimer, B.Beh.Sc B.Psych(hons) MAP Grad.Cert Higher Ed. Trained MSC teacher
One full day
Oct 28, 2020
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CFT was developed for mental-health issues linked to shame and self-criticism, and for work with those who often come from difficult (eg. neglectful or abusive) backgrounds (Gilbert).  The focus is not the content of the client’s problems but the affect and attitude the client takes towards themselves in their suffering. The absence or presence of self-compassion has potential to amplify pain or soothe emotional pain, respectively. Kindly & non-judgmentally relating to oneself & one’s emotional experiences is a worthwhile therapeutic target (Germer & Neff, 2013).

  • Emotions of contentment and safeness are more strongly associated with lower depression, anxiety and stress, than are positive emotions of excitement or feeling energized (Gilbert, 2008).  Therefore, the caregiver’s ability to foster feelings of affiliation for a client and for the client toward themselves is likely to result in greater symptom relief than mere goal achievement.
  • The therapist embodying mindfulness and self-compassion practices and whilst simultaneously working with the client on these practices encapsulates the effectiveness of CFT.

CFT integrates concepts from evolutionary, social, developmental and Buddhist psychologies with modern neuroscience to artfully show that feeling cared for, accepted, soothed, and having a sense of belonging, and affiliation with self and others, is fundamental to our physiological and psychological well-being. The workshop draws from the work of Prof Paul Gilbert (creator of CFT), and Dennis Tirch (founder of The Centre of Compassion Focused Therapy).  

The aim of the workshop is to help participants explore how imbalanced use of the three main human emotion-regulation systems described by CFT can underlie many mental health presentations. Fostering an internal compassionate relationship with one’s self can alleviate some of these experiences and encourage continued growth and movement toward wellness, in our own lives, and those of our clients.

Shame and self-criticism are trans-diagnostic issues and the CFT approach understands that in the presence of these issues, individuals may find it difficult to generate feelings of contentment, warmth or safeness in their own skin but also in relationship to others. CFT will be demonstrated as a therapeutic approach to address this common hindrance to treatment and recovery.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Kate Mutimer is a psychologist with 20 years experience working with individuals and groups in community health and organisational settings. Kate is a meditation and compassion teacher and a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher. She has specialist knowledge and extensive experience in practicing psychotherapy and facilitating change.  Kate’s clinical background includes clinical assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety and personality disorders, adolescent and family counseling, working with issues of sexuality, relationships and identity. Kate has also spent time lecturing at QUT and Griffith University in Change Management, group facilitation, applied counseling psychology and family studies. Currently, Kate Works in private practice and within workplace wellbeing initiatives, providing a broad range of mental health, stress management and other lifestyle solutions.  Kate is registered as a generalist Psychologist with AHPRA. She is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Use the three major human emotion-regulation systems to formulate and understand patient difficulties
  2. Activate the affiliate focused, soothing/safeness/well-being system to develop self-compassion
  3. Learn and practice methods to foster a real time felt experience of self-compassion
  4. Use experiential exercises of mindfulness and self-compassion to address issues of shame and disconnection
  5. Learn how to develop an observing witness level of awareness to release the threat response system
  6. Reconceptualise treatment resistance and develop ways to help clients engage more fully with positive therapeutic interventions

“Compassion is the acknowledgement that not all pain can be “fixed’ or ‘solved’ but all suffering is made more approachable in a landscape of compassion…Compassion is a multi-textured response to pain, sorrow and anguish. It includes kindness, empathy, generosity and acceptance.  The strands of courage, tolerance, and equanimity are equally woven into the cloth of compassion. Above all compassion is the capacity to open to the reality of suffering and to aspire to healing.  (Feldman & Kuyken, 2011)”.


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Compassion is a powerful emotion and source of energy that can seed change through a deeper connection to self and others, a sense of common humanity, and the motivation toward courageous exploration and kindness. 
  • The compassion-focused interventions learnt in the workshop can facilitate the maturation of emotional regulations systems in clients, which are key for experiences of happiness and contentment.
  • The workshop will assist provide direct experience of the constructs of mindfulness, self-kindness, and the sense of common humanity that are foundations of a compassion-focused practice​


Session 1: 

  • Background and Intro to CFT
  • Understanding the 3 models
  • Practicing case formulation using CFT
  • Warming up to Self-Compassion
  • Authentic Relating Exercise
  • Practicing Self-compassion and removing blocks​

Session 2: 

  • Compassionate self vs your self-critic
  • Stepping out of the Threat System
  • Developing the observing mind and mentalising
  • Addressing Shame and Disconnection with Self-Compassion

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This practical training is suitable for all clinicians working in any healthcare setting in direct patient contact, especially psychologists, counsellors, school counsellors, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, GPs, GP registrars, practice nurses, and other allied health practitioners.

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