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Using compassion-focused CBT to work with Complex PTSD

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This workshop will present a treatment programme to work with Complex PTSD and shame using a compassion focused approach to enhance evidence- based practice informed by CBT.

Those who have been repeatedly traumatised at the hands of others have many challenges to face as they discover how to live a life without trauma and learn how to live in a mind that can flourish. Predominant issues of self- blame, self- loathing, lack of trust, interpersonal difficulties, struggles to regulate threat-based emotions, flashbacks, avoidance and disconnection are prevalent issues to be addressed in therapy. These difficulties are often described as Complex PTSD.

Recent expert consensus (published by the UK Psychological Trauma Society, 2017) recommends Compassion Focused Therapy as part of a phased treatment approach for Complex PTSD and this workshop will explore how to use CFT to develop compassionate resilience as part of this phased based approach. Compassionate resilience can enhance the capacity to self soothe in those who feel deeply shamed about who they are and what they have been through. Being able to access caring compassionate mind states can enhance engagement and provide a safe framework to work directly with trauma narratives and flashbacks. 

Location Reading
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 15 May 2019
Venue Address University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
Amount £130
Organiser Charlie Waller Institute
Speaker Dr Deborah Lee
Contact No. 0118 378 7537
Keywords Cognitive Behavioraltherapy (CBT), Therapy
Regions South, South East