Part 1 of this workshop introduces participants to the origins and nature of the CFT model with a focus on:
- the serious problems for humanity due to the nature of our evolved minds
- The importance of recognising our multiple motivational and emotional systems that can be in conflict with each other and are context sensitive
- The three systems of affect regulation, with a specific focus on creating a sense of safeness and how that links to attachment theory, evolve nature and function of social relationships, and the relationship between sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous system.
Part 2 will introduce concepts of:
- What compassion actually is (and is not) from an evolutionary model
- how it relates to affiliative processing and can organise the mind in particular ways
- Some of the practices that are used to cultivate compassion. These will include attention training, soothing rhythm breathing, safe placed imagery, perspective taking, compassionate self-cultivation, compassionate-self focusing and compassion image focusing.
Introduction to how to use a compassionate-self focusing to address various emotional difficulties including self-criticism. Participants will be engaged in personal practice and trying out these practices and group reflections.
- Learn about the origins of CFT and how it was developed for people with high shame and self-criticism – and the different types of shame and self-criticism.
- understand the process of compassion as flow: the compassion we feel for others; the compassion we are open to from others; and self-compassion
- recognise how different practices focus on different elements of this “flow” and be able to recognise which practices go with which focus for compassion.
- Participants will learn how to use imagery for compassion practice
PowerPoint case discussions video clips and personal practices