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We hope you will join The Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH) and immerse yourself in this extraordinary opportunity to learn from the esteemed Dr. Paul Gilbert as he guides us through the transformative realm of Compassion Focused Therapy for clients dealing with trauma.

Paul Gilbert

Applying Compassion Focused Approaches to Trauma


Dates: December 8 & 9, 2023

Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm (EST) | 4:00pm – 7:30pm (GMT)

Location: Online via Zoom

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About the Workshop

This training will be in two parts. The first part of session one will explore the evolution and biopsychosocial model of compassion that was developed to be used as a psychotherapeutic orientation. Participants will explore how the four basic functions of mind (motives, emotions competencies and behaviours) can all be textured by compassion and can also support compassion. We will explore how compassion can affect our physiological and psychological processes, such as capacities for empathy, mindfulness, and a sense of identity and how compassion can impact our social behaviour. Because of its important physiological effects, compassion can create experiences of safeness and connectedness. Participants will be introduced to some body-based and imagery-based practices for compassion activation and cultivation. The second session will look at how to apply compassion focused therapy that can help people with trauma while also exploring the challenges different types of trauma create.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the integration of various therapeutic modalities within compassion focused therapy, such as cognitive behavior therapy and body-based approaches, and how they contribute to its effectiveness in addressing trauma.
  • Gain knowledge about the biopsychosocial model of compassion and its relevance as a psychotherapeutic orientation, including its impact on motives, emotions, competencies, and behaviours.
  • Explore the physiological and psychological processes influenced by compassion, including empathy, mindfulness, sense of identity, and social behavior, and how they can be enhanced through compassion-focused interventions.
  • Recognize the physiological effects of compassion, particularly in creating experiences of safety and connectedness, and learn body-based and imagery-based practices for activating and cultivating compassion.
  • Apply compassion focused therapy principles and techniques to effectively address your clients’ trauma, while examining the unique challenges posed by different types of trauma.



Dr. Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, OBE, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and honorary visiting Professor at the University of Queensland. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology with a special focus on mood, shame, and self-criticism, in various mental health difficulties for which Compassion Focused Therapy was developed. He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993, President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) from 2002 to 2004, and was a member of the first British Government’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for depression. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen in March 2011 for services to mental health.

In 2006, Dr. Gilbert established the Compassionate Mind Foundation as an international charity with the mission statement: To promote well-being through the scientific understanding and application of compassion (http://www.compassionatemind.co.uk). He established and is the Director of the Centre for Compassion Research and Training at Derby University, UK. He has written and edited 23 books and over 300 papers and book chapters. His latest book is a major edited book with Professor G Simos (2022): Compassion: Clinical Practice and Applications (Routledge).


Target Audience

This workshop is intended for all health care professionals seeking to develop skills to offer Compassion Focused Therapy interventions in a safe, effective way for their clients dealing with trauma.


Webinar Recording

This webinar will be recorded and shared with all registrants within 5-7 of the webinar taking place. The recording will be available for 60 days once released.


Course Fees

Regular: $325 CAD + HST = $367.25

Early-Bird Regular: $295 CAD + HST = $333.35

Student*: $225 CAD + HST = $254.25

Early-Bird Student*: $195 CAD + HST = $220.35

EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: November 24, 2023

* Students must email a copy/scan of their valid student ID or confirmation of enrolment upon purchasing their ticket to: cmbhworkshops@gmail.com

** A 5% discount is available for groups of 5+ registering at the same time. Please email our Education Team for more details: cmbhworkshops@gmail.com


Registration Options

  1. Register online and pay with credit card
  2. Email completed registration form and send an e-Transfer (payment + HST) to cmbh@cmbh.space

Multiple Registrants: One registration form is required per attendee.

Registration Confirmation: Please allow 1-2 business days for our workshop staff to confirm your registration. We will email you an official receipt upon confirmation, including further details on workshop format and preparation materials.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: An administrative fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations. For a refund, written notification must be received by November 17, 2023. Written notice of cancellation should be emailed to cmbhworkshops@gmail.com. Refunds will not be issued after November 17, 2023. CMBH reserves the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances.


Continuing Education (CE) Credits

OPA: Approved for 7 CE credits for psychological practitioners.

MDPAC: Approved for 6.5 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 1 hour of MDPAC CCI credits (automatically calculated when MDPAC member submits Group CE hours). 

Participants must attend the entirety of the webinar in real-time to receive a certificate of completion detailing CE credits. Attendance will be noted manually by our workshop staff. Participants who are unable to attend the webinar in real-time may view the recordings once they are released and can be provided a questionnaire upon request to receive full CE credits.


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