Compassion focused therapy, and the fears, blocks and resistances to compassion

All staff, students, and visitors are warmly invited to this talk by Professor Paul Gilbert at the University of Derby on Wednesday 25 November 2015, from 4pm until 5pm at Kedleston Road, Heap Lecture Theatre.

This talk will give a brief outline of the nature of compassion and how compassion has become used as a therapeutic intervention. However, early in the development of compassion focused therapy (CFT) it became clear that some people were very resistant to both the idea and the feelings of compassion. The talk will outline some of the research on the fears of compassion along with ways in which therapists can approach those difficulties, using exposure-based therapies to enable people to increase their capacities to experience and tolerate affiliative emotion.

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties - for which compassion focused therapy was developed. He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993. In 2003 Paul was president of the BABCP and a member of the first British Governments’ NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 20 books and over 200 papers. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation a charity with the mission statement “To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.

All are welcome, and no booking is needed to attend. Just come along. To be added to our mailing list, contact Julia Pooley on: 01332 591875, or email: j.e.pooley@derby.ac.uk