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Using Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for Trauma: enhanced applications for understanding and using compassion in trauma treatment

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Dr. Chris Irons
6 Hours
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Jan 31, 2024
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Due to the way our brains are wired, the older and more primitive parts are often in direct conflict with the more newly developed parts which can lead to anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues and more. This workshop on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) will teach you the “3 systems theory” of emotional regulation and the Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) exercises and tools that can be applied to teach clients to soothe themselves and create positive emotional responses.  

Dr Chris Irons will share with you the invaluable insights and proven techniques he has gathered through his practice as a clinical psychologist and position as co-director of Balanced Minds, the largest specialist provider of CFT in the world, including: 

  • The theory behind Compassion Focused Therapy according to evolutionary theory 
  • Research-backed and practice-proven Compassionate Mind Training exercises and techniques you can use to teach client's self-compassion and increase their self-worth and happiness 
  • A holistic approach using tools from a wide range of sources including psychotherapy, neuroscience, Buddhism and more 
  • How you can integrate Compassion Focused Therapy in your existing practice and with any modality  
  • And so much more!



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



Dr. Chris Irons's Profile

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Dr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, researcher, writer and trainer specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and self-compassion. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (, an organisation providing compassion-focused psychological interventions and training. He is also co-director of BalO (, a company focusing on bringing greater compassion and balance to leadership and organisations.

For over 25 years, Chris has worked with Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues on the research and clinical developments linked to CFT. He was involved in some of the initial research papers and book chapters on CFT (Gilbert & Irons, 2004, 2005), and has published many articles and book chapters on compassion, attachment, shame and self-criticism. He has authored five books, including ‘The Compassionate Mind Workbook’ (with Dr Elaine Beaumont), ‘CFT from the Inside Out’ (with Russell Kolts, James Bennett-Levy and Tobyn Bell), and ‘The Compassionate Mind Approach for Difficult Emotions’. Alongside Elaine Beaumont, he recently released the first CFT inspired app, called ‘The Self Compassion App’.

Chris is an internationally renowned trainer of CFT, having taught over 20,000 clinicians in over 20 countries. He is an experienced clinician, having worked in the NHS and in independent practice for many years. He has recently been leading on the development of compassion based approaches for the general public, and in integrating these approaches for leaders and in organisations.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Chris Irons is the director of Balanced Minds and has an employment relationship with School of Life. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Irons receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Chris Irons is a board member of Compassionate Mind Foundation.



  1. Understand what compassion is.
  2. Understand key parts of the CFT model (e.g. three system model).
  3. Understand common fears, blocks and resistances to compassion.
  4. Gain skills in how to cultivate the compassionate mind.
  5. Practice how to put the compassionate mind to work.

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 83

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