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An Introduction to Compassion Focussed Therapy

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) is a psychological intervention that encourages people to be kind to themselves and reduce their negative thoughts.

Research suggests that teaching people to develop self-compassion can reduce shame and self-criticism, as well as lead to improvements in their mental wellbeing.

This course will help you to gain an awareness of how we become overly attached to our own self attacking patterns, especially when we are struggling with feelings of great sadness or threat. It will also help to strengthen your ability to be non-judgementally receptive to events and develop your ability to be more compassionate.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Have a greater understanding of self-attacking, its role, and its consequences
  • Gain an understanding of what compassion is and what it is not
  • Think about your own ambivalence to being more compassionate about your struggles
  • Have experienced a number of ways which will help you to strengthen your ability to engage in compassion.

Lead tutors: Richard Aubery, Emma Santhouse, Nadia Miller, Emma Scally and Alison Dixon

“There was so many aspects to self-compassion that I didn’t know, so learning about more ways of coping is very useful, not just for others but also myself.”

Dates, Times and Venues

9 December 2019 – 10am to 4.30pm
Room 3, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL

31 January 2020 – 10am to 4.30pm
Redbank House, 4 St. Chad’s Street, Manchester M8 8QA

25 March 2020 – 10am to 4.30pm
blueSCI, Broomwood Community Wellbeing Centre, Mainwood Road, Timperley, Altrincham WA15 7JU


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