Compassion Focused Therapy - Dr. Ashleigh McLellan

Compassion Focused Therapy - Dr. Ashleigh McLellan

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Recorded on: April 9, 2021

Session Description:

Compassion Focused Therapy was pioneered by Professor Paul Gilbert initially to work with people with high levels of shame and self-criticism. Over the past decades the CFT principles have been applied to a broad range of settings and has helped create systemic change. In this webinar I will give you an overview of the core theoretical concepts of Compassion Focused Therapy and invite you to learn some of these concepts from the ‘inside out’; experiential learning and reflection is a key aspect of the model. You will become familiar with the concepts of our ‘tricky brain’, the loops in our mind, and the three systems model to help us understand our emotions. The model is likely to help you develop a helpful perspective to yourself and your work, and you will be able to take something from this session that you can weave into your existing practice. I have used this model in my work with military veterans and asylum seekers as well as at an organizational level. It is an incredibly helpful approach to understanding ourselves, the systems we are in, and what we can do to cultivate a compassionate mind and society.
About Dr. Ashleigh McLellan:


Dr. Ashleigh McLellan, began her career in the NHS in 2000 qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003, and has worked mainly with adults in a variety of settings. She has experience of treating a broad range of mental health problems and has become a specialist in working with people with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (cPTSD). This includes an expertise in military mental health, working with asylum seekers and refugees and a range of dissociative disorders.  Ashleigh is currently the clinical lead for the Humber Traumatic Stress Service in Hull. Ashleigh has been using Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) since 2008 and this is now the foundation to her approach to her work; CFT compliments her existing therapeutic knowledge and experience which includes systemic approaches, group analysis and EMDR.  Ashleigh has delivered numerous CFT groups for both patients and staff and sits on an NHS trust Health and Wellbeing Board with the aim of promoting organisational, system wide change.  Applying CFT to an organisational context is an aspiration and Ashleigh is currently involved in research with the University of Hull looking at the agents of change in CFT staff groups.  This team was also recently published:  Henshall, LE,  Alexander, T,  Molyneux, P, Gardiner, E, & McLellan, A. The relationship between perceived organisational threat and compassion for others: Implications for the NHS.  Clin Psychol Psychother. 2017; 1-19.    

Please Note CE credits are not available for past webinar recordings.