Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 6 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get a third free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Date: Saturday 26th August 2023

  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Delivery: Online via Zoom


Developed by Professor Paul Gilbert in the UK with clients experiencing high levels of shame and self-criticism. Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is rooted in an evolutionary / motivational framework. CFT skills can be very helpful for clients across a broad range of mental health issues and can be used across a wide variety of therapeutic approaches.

Course Content

  • The rationale for a compassionate focus in counselling and psychotherapy.
  • The ‘3 Circles’ model of regulation.
  • Utilising compassion with mindfulness and validation.
  • How compassion can support acceptance and motivate change.
  • Client blocks and fears of compassion.
  • A range of exercises to use with clients to cultivate a compassionate focus.


  • Saturday 26th August 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This workshop is for mental health practitioners who are working with/interested in working therapeutically using Compassion Focused Therapy


  • The college will issue a certificate of attendance to those who take this workshop.
  • CPD: 6 hours


  • €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


  • This workshop will take place online, using a software called Zoom. Participants will be sent a link to join the online platform before the course commences

Getting Started

Applications to this course are done online using the link below. If you have any queries, please contact the office on 01 4664205 or call Triona on 086 0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Summer Series’, then select ‘Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy August 2023′ and complete the form.

Online Application Form

About the Programme Facilitator

Chris McConnell
Chris McConnellMSc Psychotherapy, Dip CBT (MAPCP, MBACP)
Chris is a fully qualified and accredited therapist who has more than 15 years’ experience working with clients. He originally trained in Psychotherapy through UCD and St. Vincent’s Hospital, and completed addition training CBT at Goldsmiths University. He has extensive training in ACT, MBCBT, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy.