CFT Made Simple: An Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy with Russel Kolts, Ph.D.

When:  April 26th & 27th, 2019, 8:30am to 4:30pm

What:  Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a form of cognitive-behavior therapy that draws upon evolution science, affective neuroscience, attachment therapy, and behaviorism in assisting individuals who suffer with emotional difficulties.  Utilizing mindfulness, the purposeful cultivation of compassion, and a host of treatment strategies such as imagery, chair-work, breath-body work, and behavioral and thought experiments, CFT was developed to assist clients who struggle with issues of shame and self-criticism. Because it’s theoretical basis draws from multiple bodies of science, CFT can sometimes be challenging to grasp initially.  In this two-day training, participants will learn a way to organize CFT into a set of layered processes and practices that will allow them to systematically understand, train, and begin to implement the practices of CFT.  Additionally, participants will gain exposure to a number of core CFT techniques and will explore how to implement them through experiential practice.

Audience: This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals and trainees, including Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and Psychiatric Nurse-Practitioners. No prior CFT experience necessary.

Who:  Russell Kolts, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Inland Northwest Compassionate Mind Center in Spokane, Washington.  An internationally-recognized trainer in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) who regularly conducts CFT trainings around the world, Dr. Kolts has pioneered the use of CFT in the treatment of problematic anger.  He is the author of a number of books applying CFT, including The Compassionate Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger, An Open-Hearted Life: Transformative Lessons on Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun (with Thubten Chodron),  CFT Made Simple, and Experiencing Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Articulate the layered processes and practices targeted in Compassion-Focused Therapy, and how they work together to set a context for the cultivation of self-compassion.
2. Describe the roles of the therapist in Compassion-Focused Therapy.
3. Articulate the role of compassionate realizations in helping clients work with shame and self-attacking.
4. Describe the three-circles model of emotion.
5. Guide clients in exploring the ways that different motives and emotions organize their mental experience.
6. Guide clients in identifying and exploring problematic old-brain/new-brain loops in maintaining threat experiences.
7. Facilitate client exploration of the social shaping of their challenging emotions and behaviors.
8. Apply Soothing-Rhythm Breathing to help clients work with emotions.
9. Teach clients basic skills for improving mindfulness.
10. Articulate how compassion can be applied in working with challenging emotions.
11. Introduce and facilitate compassionate-self work.
12. Describe and use the multiple-selves exercise.

Time: 8:30am Check in, Program 9:00am – 4:30pm; 1-hour lunch, two 15-minute breaks.

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder-North, 6333 Lookout Road, Boulder CO 80301

Lodging: The Hampton Inn is offering a reduced group rate of $119/night. Mention “CFT in Practice” at the time of reservation.

Registration Fee: Professionals $335 before 4/6/19, $385 thereafter. Students (pre-degree) $150. Lunch included.

Neither BCCBT or Dr. Kolts receives commercial support for this training.

12 CEs approved: The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Fee for processing of certificate is $25 payable as you register, or on site with a check (no credit cards). No partial credit will be issued. You must attend both days in full to receive your CE certificate.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: If the workshop is canceled, payment will be returned in full, less the RegOnline transaction fee. If you cancel your attendance and notify us via email ( by April 6, 2019 we will issue you a full refund less a $25 processing fee. If you cancel between 4/7/19 and 4/18/19, we will refund 50% of your workshop fee. RegOnline and transaction fees are non-refundable. No refunds after 4/19/19.

There are two ways to register:

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