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      May 20, 2019

      Monday   9:45 AM

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      Compassion Focused Therapy: An Approach for Client and Staff Well-being

      Research has already shown that CFT is effective in helping those with mental health difficulties. The Compassion-Focused Staff Support (CFSS) model applies the principles of CFT to the workplace.  CFSS is used to enhance and promote the well-being of employees.  It offers a framework for reflective practice sessions for staff. At this exciting training opportunity, you will learn how the Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) model can be applied to enhance the mental health of both clients and staff. Over the course of this two-day training event, the facilitator will demonstrate and model compassion in action from beginning to end. The CFT approach is rooted in an evolutionary psychology framework and incorporates both attachment theory and current neurophysiology. It was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert (2009) to help those who experience a high level of shame and self-criticism. This therapeutic approach is widely used as an intervention for those with mental health difficulties to reduce and alleviate suffering and distress. CFT is a transdiagnostic model which can be adapted to a wide range of presentations and used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches.  Workshop objectives Over the course of the two days, those attending the workshop will learn: The key concepts of compassion focused therapy including how our brain design can cause psychological struggles. How compassion focused therapy approaches can be applied to understand and manage the brain’s ‘threat’ system. A framework for providing formal reflective practice sessions to support staff wellbeing using the CFT model. Delegates have an opportunity to take part in experiential exercises which demonstrate the model during the workshop.  Additional learning materials will be provided at the end of the workshop.  Who is this workshop for? This workshop is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning about Compassion-Focused Therapy and how this can be used as a model to understand and manage stress dynamics. No prior knowledge of CFT is required but a openness and curiosity about the model is essential. Health care professionals and managers of staff will benefit most from attending.  Other important information Lunch included for both days.  Please email any specific dietry requirements to info@coreclinical.ie. Preferential Room Rates are available with the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport UNTIL THE 6TH OF MAY.  Please phone the hotel at (01) 866 7500 to make your booking and quote "Core Clinical" .  Rate:  €175 pp per night (Bed and Breakfast, single occupancy) if you book for both the 19th and 20th of May.  Tickets are limited.  Only 35 spaces available This event has been awarded 8 CPD credits by the Psychological Society of Ireland Biography:  Dr Lorraine McGurk Dr. Lorraine McGurk aims to make all her training events a compassionate learning experience. She has a warm and engaging teaching style.  She has a naturally compassionate way of engaging with others and regularly applies the model she teaches in her own life to help manage challenges and struggles. Lorraine is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctorate training at Trinity College, Dublin. She has over ten years' experience working with people experiencing mental health difficulties in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. She has completed several training courses in Compassion Focused Therapy, including advanced skills training and supervision and compassion focused staff support. She is an experienced group facilitator using the CFT model.  Lorraine is currently employed as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Occupational Health in the NHS, Northern Ireland. She is passionate about the need to support and care for staff well being. She set up and oversees a Compassion Focused Staff Support (CFSS) initiative in her NHS Trust. In her role, she has primary responsibility for the delivery of a CFSS model to frontline NHS staff. The model is delivered through workshops and group reflection sessions to enhance self-care and  the management of  workplace stress through compassionate awareness and engagement. Lorraine delivers training on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes at both Trinity College, Dublin and Queens University, Belfast. She also provides clinical placements for students on both programmes who wish to develop clinical skills using CFT. Lorraine is currently the clinical supervisor for doctorate research exploring the effectiveness of the Compassion-focused staff support (CFSS) model. 

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