Compassion Focused Therapy Based Training
Compassion-Focused Therapy Approaches for Patient and Staff Well-being
At this exciting training opportunity, you will learn how the Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) model can be applied to enhance the mental health of both patients and staff. Over the course of this two day training event the facilitator, Dr Lorraine McGurk will demonstrate and model compassion in action from being to end.
The CFT approach is rooted in an evolutionary psychology framework and incorporates both attachment theory and current neuroscience. It was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert (2009) to help those who experience a high level of shame and self-criticism. This therapeutic approach is widely used as an intervention for those with mental health difficulties to reduce and alleviate suffering and distress. CFT is a transdiagnostic model which can be adapted to a wide range of presentations and used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches. Research has already shown that Compassion Focused Therapy is effective in helping those with mental health difficulties. The Compassion-Focused Staff Support Model (CFSS) is a method of using CFT within the workplace to aid the well-being of employees. It can also be used as a model for delivering reflective practice sessions.
This workshop is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning about Compassion-Focused Therapy. No prior knowledge of CFT is required but an openness and curiosity about the model is essential. Health care professionals and managers of staff will benefit most from attending.
Those attending the workshop will learn:
-The key concepts of compassion-focused therapy including how our brain design can cause psychological struggles.
-How compassion-focused therapy approaches can be applied to understand and manage the brain’s ‘threat’ system.
-This workshop will provide an overview of the CFT model as a framework for providing formal reflective practice sessions to support staff wellbeing.
-Delegates also have an opportunity to take part in experiential exercises which demonstrate the model during the workshop.
-Additional learning materials to aid learning will be provided at the end of the workshop.
Dates: 20th and 21st May 2019
Venue: Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport, K56 P5C7
Dr. Lorraine McGurk is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctorate training at Trinity College, Dublin. She has over ten years experience working with people experiencing mental health difficulties in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Lorraine is currently employed as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Occupation Health in the NHS, Northern Ireland. She is passionate about the need to support and care for staff wellbeing. She set up and oversees the Compassion Focused Staff Support service (CFSS) in her NHS Trust. In her role, she has primary responsibility for the delivery of the CFSS model to frontline NHS staff. The model is delivered through workshops and group reflection sessions to enhance self-care and the management of workplace stress through compassionate awareness and engagement.
Lorraine is an experienced group facilitator using the CFT model. She delivers training on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes at both Trinity College, Dublin and Queens University, Belfast. She also provides clinical placements for students who wish to develop clinical skills using CFT. Lorraine is currently the clinical supervisor for doctorate research exploring the effectiveness of the Compassion Focused Staff Support model.
Lorraine aims to make all her training events a compassionate learning experience. She has a warm and engaging teaching style and has a natural and compassionate way of engaging with others. She regularly applies the model she teaches in her own life and with her struggles to practice self-compassion.
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