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Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) Training

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) Training Courses.

The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is a leading provider of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) training in the UK and Ireland. Available for individuals and teams, all of the training is accredited by the APT and delegates receive the relevant level of APT accreditation in ACT depending on which course(s) they attend, as well as APT's downloadable resources.

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The following courses are available:

The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) provides the following training on Compassion-Focused Therapy (SFT).

Compassion-Focused Therapy Essentials

CFT Essentials (Compassion-Focused Therapy).

A 3-day course.

An exposition on Compassion-Focused Therapy, in a way that enables and encourages delegates to use it in their practice.

Although compassion focused therapy is delivered compassionately, its main focus is to encourage patients to be compassionate towards themselves. This is achieved by (a) specific techniques and approaches we cover on the course and (b) by educating patients about what happens in the brain so they realise that their emotions, behaviours, thoughts and fantasies are not their 'fault', and yet they can take certain actions to make things better for themselves (which we also cover). This is a course for people who do not necessarily want to be exclusively “a compassion focused therapist” but certainly DO want to know all about compassion focused therapy in order to build CFT ideas and techniques into their clinical repertoire. It therefore covers both the theory and the skills of CFT in a way they can be applied immediately.

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Compassion-Focused Therapy Exam

APT's exam in Compassion-Focused Therapy.

Available to everybody.

This exam is available free of charge to those who have attended the APT course CFT Essentials, and for a fee to those who have attended similar training from another provider.

It is a web based exam with a high pass mark of 85% and gains you Level 2 in APT accreditation of Compassion-Focused Therapy. If you don't pass first time you can review the course material and sit it again.

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Compassion-Focused Therapy Masterclass

The Compassion-Focused Therapy Masterclass.

A 3-day course.

This course is available Onsite (we come to you and deliver it to a group of up to 15 delegates).  

This is a course for people who have at least 6 months practice subsequent to receiving Level 3 APT-Accreditation (often much more). In lectures, the masterclass provides more depth on some of the topics in the Essentials course but is mainly focused on developing skill, based around the following components: listening to and making case presentations, watching video demos by others, role-play/real-play where you interview others and they interview you, and establishing a stable system for support and development for yourself in this area post course. The result is that you enhance your skill and technique, not just your knowledge. Successful completion also gains you APT's Level 4 accreditation in the subject.

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Where has the APT delivered training in the UK and Ireland?

The Association for Psychological Therapies has delivered training at the following locations (and more) in the British Isles.

CFT Accreditation and FAQs 

CFT Accreditation

CFT Accreditation.

The Association for Psychological Therapies offers various levels of accreditation to professionals who have completed APT training (or similar).

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View the most frequently asked questions about Compassion-Focused Therapy (e.g. 'What is CFT?' and 'What are the key principles underlying CFT?').

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