CBT Extension VI

The Role of Self-Compassion in CBT

Compassion Focused Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that evolved from CBT and is intended as a useful adjunct to CBT – preparing clients to gain maximum benefit from more traditional CBT strategies.  Whilst cultivating self-compassion has been shown to have many benefits for anyone’s mental health, it is a particularly important treatment target for client’s high in self-criticism, self-loathing and shame.

It is not just what your mind says that determines how you feel, but also the way it says it, the ‘emotional tone’ so to speak. With this in mind, helping clients develop a compassionate attitude towards themselves, can then make helpful ways of thinking more readily available to them, and ensure that the emotional tone of these new cognitions possesses a warmth, kindness and strength that is equally helpful, and hence therapeutically effective.  This practical and experiential 1-day training provides participants with:

  • An understanding of self-compassion and the rational and evidence for incorporating self-compassion work within CBT;
  • Ways of facilitating self-compassion, with an emphasis on compassion focused imagery;
  • How to use self-compassion to enhance the emotional impact of traditional CBT strategies (e.g., thought records and behaviour change strategies);
  • Examples, demonstration and practice of using self-compassion strategies in CBT.


Copies of slides plus client worksheets and psychoeducational materials are provided as part of this training.
This training meets AHPRA continuing professional development guidelines and represents 6 CPD hours.


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