Compassion Focused Therapy for Distressing Experiences In Psychosis

Compassion Focused Therapy for Distressing Experiences In Psychosis


20 Hours | 20 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced training program on the Compassion Focused Therapy for Distressing Experiences In Psychosis is presented by Dr. Charlie Heriot-Maitland.

This training program introduces the CFT model of compassion and describes how to apply this model in interventions for people with psychosis. Specifically, participants learn how to help their clients establish a bodily experience of safeness through the:

  • practice of soothing rhythm breathing, which activates the parasympathetic system;
  • learning to recognize what postures and activities ground and centre the person;
  • and using mindfulness and imagery exercises.

In this program, participants learn how to create the external contexts (e.g. interpersonal and environmental) in which safeness experience can flourish. Dr. Heriot-Maitland also discusses how to develop a ‘compassionate self,’ which is a part of them with the qualities required to explore and engage with their fears, voices, and dissociated parts; essentially, a self-identity that organizes the mind and provides a secure base (or grounding) from which to do the therapeutic work. He demonstrates how to use these compassionate qualities and skills to manage internal conflicts and to initiate supportive dialogue between voices and different emotional parts. This is achieved through techniques such as voice dialoguing / talking with voices, imagery, chair work, and letter writing.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and counselors working with people with psychosis. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this training program, participants should be able to:


  • Describe and critique the Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) model and its relevance for people with psychosis
  • Describe the evidence base that underpins the CFT model
  • Describe how to help clients with psychosis to establish safeness and connection
  • Describe evolved brains, emotion systems, and multiple selves
  • Describe CFT formulations with clients (threat-based formulation / 3 circles formulation / function of voices)
  • Describe how to cultivate/deepen their compassionate self
  • Describe the compassion self to work in daily life
  • Describe techniques to facilitate compassionate relating to self, others, voices (eg. chair work and compassionate voice dialogue)
  • Describe the CFT model to address difficulties within therapeutic relationships
  • Describe the processes to ensure personal practice improvement in the use of the CFT model for psychosis

About Dr. Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Dr.Charlie Heriot-Maitland is a clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer (University of Glasgow; Balanced Minds). He is currently researching the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of CFT for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis. He provides psychological therapies in NHS psychosis services, and in private practice. He also runs various compassion training workshops for practitioners and the general public.

Course Outline

The goal of this training is to provide students and mental health professionals with knowledge about:

  • The practice of soothing rhythm breathing, which activates the parasympathetic system
  • Learning to recognise what postures and activities ground and centre the person
  • Using mindfulness and imagery exercises

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

” I really learned a great deal from this presentation and very interested in more trainings on this topic. Thank you!”

“Presenter had exemplary knowledge of the matter and experience.”

“I loved the examples and role play opportunities through the presentation”

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 20 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

This course has also been approved by the British Psychological society for CPD credit.

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