Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) | June 19, 2019

$300.00 $250.00

7 Hours | 7 CEs (CEUs)

Early registration rate available until June 1, 2019

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University
5150 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022

Program Description

This in-person workshop on Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is presented by Dr. Yotam Heineberg.

It is well-known that shame and self-criticism can be difficult problems to treat in a range of psychological problems and may even prevent people from seeking help. Compassion Focused Therapy was developed by professor Paul Gilbert. CFT was specifically developed with and for individuals with these difficulties, in part by helping them develop a compassionate orientation to themselves and others by elaborating on cognitive behavioral strategies. CFT is an evolutionary and neuroscience-based approach to psychotherapy that articulates how the evolution of attachment and affiliative emotion regulates threat-processing and the emergence of our self-identities. CFT integrates evidence-based therapies with the basic insight that our emotions serve an evolutionary function, and that recognizing this can help de-shame and de-pathologize painful symptomatic experiences, towards greater engagement in therapy. CFT has a growing empirical evidence to support its efficacy in a broad range of complex cases, including trauma and rigid personality structures. The workshop will cover the basic concepts of CFT with PowerPoint presentations and various experiential practices with the use of emotion focused, cognitive behavioral and imagery practices.

Wanna join but can’t get to Palo Alto?

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. This year we are pleased to offer virtual attendance at our summer workshops via ZOOM. Attend from the comfort of your own computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials. Since you won’t be joining us in person (missing out on hard copies, coffee, snacks, and fun swag 🙂 please use promo code ZOOM at registration for a $50 reduction in registration rate. We look forward to having you join us either in person or virtually!

Intended Audience

This workshop will assist professionals in improving their clinical understanding of the best methods for treating shame and self-criticism. This workshop is targeted towards psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, mental health clinicians, mental health therapists, clinical psychologists, and those mental health professionals that treat people with eating disorders, depression, mood disorders and psychological disorders.  Mental health professionals that work in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings can also benefit from this workshop. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:


  • Describe perspectives from the evolutionary model that underpins CFT towards psychoeducation, by offering clients insight into the three types of affect regulation systems (threat, drive and soothing), as well as insight into the complexities and conflicts within the threat system processing, and related traumatic experiences
  • Describe attunement to moment to moment processes in psychotherapy, rooted in mindful practice and attachment-based sensitivity to alliance processes
  • Describe the importance of embodiment, and the benefits of mindful attention in working with bottom up processing such as body sensations and visual imagery
  • Describe the Fears of Compassion scale, and framework towards assessment, psychoeducational, experiential and behavioral treatment goals
  • Describe attuned sensitivity to the three directions of compassion, giving, receiving and practicing self-compassion, their relationship with stress, depression, anxiety, and the importance of addressing blocks to the flows of compassion in three directions
  • Describe perspective from the multiple self framework, and learn how to orient clients towards the cultivation of their compassionate self, through psychoeducation, as well as somatic architype based cognitive behavioral experiential exercises
  • Describe appreciation of mindfulness and compassion based contemplative practices
  • Describe self criticism, and the inner critic, apply the distinction between shame and threat based self attacking cognitions, and soothing based compassionate thinking

About Dr. Yotam Heineberg

Dr. Yotam Heineberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and a clinical faculty member at Palo Alto university’s Gronowski Center, where he offers supervision, clinical and didactic psychotherapy training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and other compassion focused approaches to healing and growth. Dr. Heineberg is also a Research Fellow at Stanford University with the Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE), where he develops various compassion programs to support personal and collective resilience, as well as compassion for self and others. He also designs and delivers compassion-based burnout reduction programs that support nurses, clinicians, leaders and patients in large hospital settings.

Dr. Heineberg completed his doctorate at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. consortium at Palo Alto University, and his post-doctoral training at Stanford University’s CCARE, during that time he trained with Professor Paul Gilbert, who developed the CFT model in the UK. He lives in San Francisco, runs a private practice and offers workshops nationally and internationally.

Basic Concepts
– Evidence-based therapies
– De-shame cases
– De-pathologize cases
– Empirical evidence

– Emotion Focused
– Cognitive Behavioral
– Imagery

Continuing Education Credit

This workshop is an In-Person Professional Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete a workshop evaluation for this In-Person Professional Training Program. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be given their workshop evaluation upon completion of the workshop.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC.Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

For in-person workshops we offer a 50% refund up until 2 weeks out from the start date of each workshop. There are no refunds within 2 weeks but will accommodate with access to the online program.​

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