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Compassion Focused Therapy for Psychosis Workshop

February 2, 2017 9:00 am
February 3, 2017 4:30 pm
St Patrick's University Hospital, Irlanda   View map
01 249 3423

Programme Details

Title: Compassion Focused Therapy for Psychosis.

When: Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd of February 2017
Registration from: 9.15am
Conference: 9.45am – 4.30pm

Where: The Conference Room, St. Patrick’s University Hospital

Cost: €180.00 Euro (lunch and refreshments included)

Aims of the Workshop:

  1. To inform clinicians working in the area of Psychosis about recent developments in Compassion Focused Theory and Therapy.
  2. To enable clinicians to begin integrating components of CFT into their case management or key working roles and to inform those who work therapeutically how to integrate principles and techniques.

The work shop will cover the following topics:

  1. An update and review of the evidence base and emerging developments on the role of Compassion Focused Therapy for Psychosis
  2. The six key phases of the Compassion Focused Therapy Intervention
  3. Current Clinical Applications across healthcare settings
  4. Use of case examples and the application of Compassion Focused Therapy
  5. Carrying out group-based CFT interventions
  6. The application of Compassion Focused Therapy within a Multidisciplinary Team and how it can be used most effectively

Main Speaker

Dr Charles Heriot-Maitland completed his clinical psychology training at the University of Oxford, and he has delivered psychological therapies in a variety of NHS settings in London and the South East. He works with adults with a range of mental health difficulties. Dr Heriot-Maitland’s academic and research interests mainly lie in the application of CFT in psychosis, and he has recently been awarded a Fellowship by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to forward the scientific knowledge in this area.

Background to Workshop
The workshop is hosted by Dr Edel Crehan and the Living Through Psychosis Programme team at St Patrick’s University Hospital. This skills group was set up over 3 years ago and has successfully provided a service for primarily day patients across the spectrum of Psychosis. Early research indications show improvement in fear of relapse, aspects of symptoms and greater emotional regulation skills. We have invited Dr Heriot – Maitland to inform us about recent developments in CFT and how CFT can be integrated into case management and therapeutic interventions for psychosis.

Scientific background and description of workshop:
Psychological models have recognised the importance of threat processing in psychosis, characterising psychotic states as the manifestation of highly sensitised, overstimulated, threat-response systems (Gumley, et al 2010). There are two key aspects to the threat in psychosis. One is posed by the potential external threat from others through shaming, stigmatising, excluding, and also from the (potential) persecution from others. The second source of threat is an internal one, generated by the negative, critical and hostile content of voices and self-evaluation (Birchwood et al., 2004; Birchwood, et al 2000). Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) aims to help people regulate threat processing by building internal feelings of safeness and affiliation, and by providing contexts, practices and insights that facilitate the development of compassion to self, others, and dissociated parts. Early evidence for the usefulness of applying the CFT approach in psychosis populations is beginning to emerge (Braehler et al., 2013; Laithwaite et al., 2009; Mayhew & Gilbert, 2008).