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Compassion Focused Therapy training

CFT Essentials (Compassion-Focused Therapy training).

CFT Essentials is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) training courses in the UK and Ireland. It is the only CFT training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course, and is available in the following formats:

Onsite - we bring the tutor and the training to you for a group of up to 15 people. Or, if you have an APT accredited tutor they can deliver the training in-house for half the standard fee.

Live Webinar - learn from your home or workplace, webinars are live and pleasantly interactive and you receive the same credits as on live training. Webinars can also be commissioned by an organisation exclusively for their people.

Open - Meaning Open to all relevant professionals to attend.

Executive Summary:

Compassion Focused Therapy provides an important new perspective on the therapeutic process. Of course therapists endeavour to be compassionate towards their patients, but compassion focused therapy is more about teaching patients to be compassionate towards themselves. This involves the therapist understanding the tug of war that takes place between the different systems and sections of the brain; understanding that everybody has competing fears, fantasies, ambitions, rules for how they should be, and so on. Such an understanding of what takes place in the brain enables people to take a more compassionate view of how they think, feel and behave as different times, and to move forward to overcome specific problems, whether this problems are of depression, anxiety, irritability, impulsiveness, or any other.

Therefore what this course does is threefold: (A) it teaches the understanding of what happens in the brain, so that people can treat themselves with more constructive compassion, (B) it highlights techniques that therapists may already be familiar with, which chime with compassion focused thinking, and (C) it teaches further techniques the therapist can use to be in line with this approach.

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Who should attend?

People who attend this course normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to add CFT techniques to their repertoire.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a common approach.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course should include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others working in a variety of settings including: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, Older People, Substance Misuse, and Forensic.

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The CFT Essentials course covers a great deal:

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What this Compassion Focused Therapy course will do for you:

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What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course and access to the online exam if you wish to uprate your APT accreditation to Level 2.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

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Booking this training is easy...



Option 1: We come and run the course in your organisation:

  £4,495 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £300 plus VAT per person.

We bring this course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee and up to 15 people can attend. You can organise as many courses as you need, to cover the numbers you want to train.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 2: Live webinar:

Exclusive Live Webinars (Live webinars commissioned by an organisation exclusively for its people).

  £3,870 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate). Extra delegates £288 plus VAT per person.

Book a webinar for your team

Open Live Webinar (for individuals to attend).

Dates available for this 3-day webinar:

  5-7 October 2020
  2-4 November 2020

Cost: £320 plus VAT per person (The fee covers: tuition, workbook, certification, registration, and accreditation at APT’s Level 1, with option to sit the online exam to upgrade to Level 2.)
Times: 10am - 3pm daily (including an hour for lunch.)

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Option 3: Attend this course at the University of Leicester’s College Court facility:

CFT Essentials, 3 days, £460 plus VAT per person. Choose from the following dates:

  26-28 April 2021
  4-6 October 2021

Venue: College Court, Knighton Road, Knighton, Leicester, LE2 3UF (about an hour by train from London, Sheffield, and Birmingham).

The fee covers: tuition, workbook, lunch and refreshments each day, certification, registration, and accreditation at APT’s Level 1, with option to sit the online exam to upgrade to Level 2.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 4: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

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Downloadable information sheet:

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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CFT Essentials Feedback

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings taken from ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 95%

Average Relevance rating: 94%



CFT Essentials Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the Compassion Focused Therapy course has received.

“One of the best courses I have ever attended. Very relevant to my current role.”

“The course has been excellent. It is very appropriate to my work setting and very informative with plenty of opportunities to practice using the techniques over the 2 days. I certainly will be using aspects of Compassion Focused Therapy in my work role and intend to feedback some of the ideas to the wider team. It will really benefit my clients. Thank you to the tutor for excellent delivery!”

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CFT Essentials: A Compassion-Focused Therapy course from APT

Course Overview

Course Title CFT Essentials
Category Compassion-Focused Therapy
Accreditation Offered APT Accreditation Level 1
Rating (9.5/10)
Duration 3 days
CPD Hours Earned 18
Location(s) Onsite Course Venue: Various (at your organisation)
Open Course Venue: College Court Conference Centre
Webinar Venue: Online via Zoom
Access Modes Onsite, Open, Webinar
Onsite Course Onsite Course Booking Form
Exclusive Webinar Exclusive Webinar Booking Form
Open Webinar Open Webinar Booking Form
Open Course Open Course Booking Form
Upcoming open training dates: 05/10/2020
02/11/2020
26/04/2021
04/10/2021
Course Tutor APT Accredited Tutor
Course Code CFT002
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