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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. 

It is the only Compassion-Focused Therapy training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online. It can also be completed as part of The APT Diploma in Psychological Therapies.

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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.

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.

The CFT Essentials course covers a great deal:

What this Compassion Focused Therapy course will do for you:

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 125,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.


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Booking Options...

 for individuals

 for teams and organisations




For individuals:

Option 1: Online Anytime course: a pre-recorded course you can study any time.

An engaging and relevant online course that can be started and accessed at any time and completed at your own pace, taking breaks to assimilate and practice the skills as they are introduced.

Price: $325 CAD per person. The fee covers: 3 years access to the course, certification, registration, and Level 2 APT Accreditation by completing the course and inbuilt exam.
Guaranteed completion; full refund if you don’t complete for any reason.

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For teams and organisations:

Option 1: Online Anytime course:

Engaging and relevant online course, your colleagues attend from home or workplace at times that suit.

Price: $325 CAD per person. (Completion guarantee, for attendees who don’t complete for whatever reason, you can transfer the training to other staff members.)

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live and interactive online course, delivered via Zoom or Teams* exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price: $6,900* for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate, posted to one address). Extra delegates $450 per person. 

*We standardly deliver courses via Zoom (which is recommended). If you would prefer to use Microsoft Teams, there is an additional charge of $160 CAD per day.

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Option 3: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.

Price: $10,350 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: $675 per person. 

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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 each time you run it or your chosen modules (50% of the 'Online Live and Exclusive' fee, regardless of whether the course is held face-to-face or online).

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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 125,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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Feedback Ratings

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 for the last ten runnings of this course, which are updated periodically.

Face-to-Face


Presentation: 97%


Relevance: 97%


Online Live


Presentation: 96%


Relevance: 96%



CFT Essentials Written Feedback

Reviews.

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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