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

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

Where:  Boulder, Colorado, Hampton Inn 6333 Lookout Road, Boulder CO  80301

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.

Who:  Russell Kolts, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University, where he has taught for over 16 years.  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. Describe the roles of the therapist in Compassion-Focused Therapy.
  2. Describe the three-circles model of emotion.
  3. Apply the evolutionary model in setting a context for self-compassion.
  4. Apply Soothing-Rhythm Breathing to help clients work with emotions.
  5. Teach clients basic skills for improving mindfulness.
  6. Articulate how compassion can be applied in working with challenging emotions.
  7. Introduce and facilitate compassionate-self work.
  8. Describe and use the multiple-selves exercise.

12 CE credits will be offered, details to follow.


Professionals $335 before Saturday 4/6/19, $385 thereafter. Students (pre-degree) $150


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