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Insights from CFT therapists' personal and professional experiences of using CFT in their life

Presented by Dr Wendy Wood

About the event

This is an online, participative event on the Zoom meeting platform, organised by the Compassion Special Interest Group.

The event will not be recorded.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 2 x hours CPD.

Registration closes - Midday Monday 12 June. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.

This workshop will introduce participants to Ph.D. research into the personal and professional experiences of therapists using Compassion Focused Therapy in their personal and professional lives (Wood 2021). This research was the basis of an Interpretative phenomenological Analysis and thematic analysis. The method of data collection was diary/interview.

Since many CBT therapists use CFT as part of their practice, the ideas and insights from this research may have personal as well as professional relevance. For example, it may help them manage their own self-critic to achieve greater therapeutic presence with their patients which can lead to a more accurate understanding of patients. Or it may help them understand how the self-critic may block the therapists' ability to engage with self-compassionate behaviour both in and outside of their working environment.

Learning outcomes


  • To enhance the understanding of how the experiences of therapists using CFT personally and professionally may impact on professional practice and personal wellbeing
  • To enhance the understanding of how examples of compassionate mind practices influence our emotions, thoughts and behaviours
  • To make a specific plan about how to take any identified learning needs forward

About the presenter(s)

Dr Wendy Wood MBACP FHEA

Wendy has many years of experience as a therapist and clinical supervisor working within the NHS and private practice. She also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education for 20 years, developing and teaching on many programmes including one of the first postgraduate qualifications in clinical supervision in the UK, and one of the first postgraduate qualifications in Compassion Focused Therapy in the world. Over the past ten years Wendy has worked on the development of training for Compassion Focused Therapy. She has recently successfully completed her PhD entitled “The Personal and Professional Experiences of Counsellors and Psychotherapists who employ the Principles and Practices of Compassion Focused Therapy: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Wendy now works as Programme Leader/Training Advisor for the Compassionate Mind Foundation where Wendy and the team at the compassionate mind foundation have developed a Diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy. Wendy also continues to provide clinical supervision and maintains a clinical caseload in private practice.


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Online Event
15 Jun 2023
SIG: Compassion
30.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
45.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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