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Compassion-Focussed Therapy in Oncology and Palliative Care

Friday 24th November 2017 at St Thomas Centre, Manchester

At this event, a comprehensive overview of the theories and research underpinning compassion-focussed therapy will be provided. In addition, the facilitators will guide a number of experiential exercises to allow participants to gain direct experience of this model in practice.

The Compassionate Mind approach draws on evolutionary and attachment theories, amongst others, to provide a useful framework for understanding human behaviour. Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT) has a developing evidence base in the fields of depression, shame and trauma. Compassion-focussed approaches have also been used successfully to improve the wellbeing of teams working within the health service. This theory can be applied to help alleviate suffering and improve quality of life not only for people with physical illnesses, but also for those who care for them.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Share theories and research underpinning compassion-focussed therapy (CFT)
  • Provide participants with experience of CFT exercises
  • Improve participants confidence in using CFT as part of their clinical practice
  • Consider how CFT applies specifically to an oncology/palliative care context
  • Share examples of good practice relating to CFT amongst SIGOPAC members

The workshop is being led by Dr Andrew Rayner, a highly experienced clinical psychologist and CFT practitioner and supervisor. This will be complemented by case presentations by Dr Heidi Napier, who will illustrate the applications of this approach in cancer and palliative care settings. The event will include presentations, experiential exercises, role plays, and small group discussions.

This event will be relevant to psychologists working in cancer and palliative care settings and to all professional disciplines in psycho-oncology (e.g. liaison psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers, etc

This event will include the SIGOPAC AGM, to be held at lunchtime.

Please note, this event will be credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking, in certain circumstances we may be able to accept bookings with invoice requests. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224505.

The workshop is now fully booked and we are running a waiting list. To register your interest in attending and to be place on the waiting list please follow the 'click here to book you place' link below. Please note this does not guarantee you a place on the workshop.


Friday 24th November 2017

09:00Coffee and Registration
09:30Introduction to Compassion-Focussed Therapy
11:00Coffee Break
11:20Experiential CFT exercises
14:00Use of CFT with patients and carers in an oncology/palliative care context Dr Heidi Napier
15:00Coffee Break
15:20Sharing the Use of CFT with teams in an oncology/palliative care setting (Facilitated group exercise)


St Thomas Centre, Manchester

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ •  Website

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