Palo Alto and Stanford Universities announce Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy one-day workshop

Jan 15, 2016, 16:00 ET from Palo Alto University

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Palo Alto University is excited to announce that, in conjunction with Stanford University, it will host a one-day introduction to compassion focused therapy this coming March, led by the internationally renowned, Professor Paul Gilbert.

The workshop will be held at the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall in Palo Alto on March 12, 2016 and organizers are thrilled to have secured the attendance of Professor Gilbert who joins us from the University of Derby in the United Kingdom. As well as having had more than 20 books and 200 academic papers published, he is also the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Head of the Mental Health Research Unit.

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) has been developed for sufferers of shame and self-criticism and combines a range of cognitive behavioural strategies and compassionate orientation. There is growing empirical evidence that CFT is working across a range of complex cases, including trauma and rigid personality structures.

The one-day workshop will introduce attendees to the basic concepts of CFT, using experiential and behavioural imagery practices.

As well as earning 7 CE credits for psychologists, all participants will leave with a clearer understanding of:

  • The evolutionary model that underpins CFT
  • Complexities and conflicts within threat system processing
  • The role of attachment and affiliative mechanisms in affect change
  • Core CFT exercises including soothing rhythm breathing, body focussing
    and various compassion for self and others visualization practices.

Professor Gilbert will be joined on the day by Dr. Yotam Heineberg who is currently offering CFT training as a clinical faculty member at the PGSP-Stanford consortium, PAU.

The workshop will run from 8:30am to 6pm on Saturday March 12 and tickets are available at $175, including breakfast and lunch or $95 for students.

For more information, please visit: or contact Yotam Heineberg,, Tel 650-305-1176.

Palo Alto University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Palo Alto University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PAU makes every effort to provide events at facilities that abide by the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


SOURCE Palo Alto University