Learn 5Qs About the Compassion-Focussed Therapy for Psychosis Workshop

Published on March 10th, 2017 | from CAMH Education

5Qs About the Compassion-Focussed Therapy for Psychosis Workshop

CAMH’s Education Services is readying to launch a new workshop on  compassion-focused therapy (CFT) for psychosis. Sandra Bennet, one of our Community Health and Engagement Specialists, gives us a little background on the project.


Who are you and what is your position at CAMH?

My name is Sandra Bennet and I am a part of CAMH Education’s Community and Continuing Education Program. I work in partnership with the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Services, CAMH, a team of academic scientists, practitioners, educators and researchers who use the compassion-focused therapy (CFT) for psychosis model to provide care for individuals recovering from psychosis.

What course are you currently involved with?

CFT for Psychosis Workshop flyer – click to see full PDF

Our planning team is pleased to announce a new education event, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Psychosis. This is a two-day workshop scheduled for April 10–11, 2017, in Toronto, ON. The workshop will be led by Drs. Charlie Heriot-Maitland and Eleanor Longden.

Dr. Charlie Heriot-Maitland is a clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer at King’s College London. He is currently researching the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of CFT for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis. He provides psychological therapies in NHS psychosis services, and in private practice. He also runs various compassion training workshops for practitioners and the general public.

Dr. Eleanor Longden is a research psychologist with lived experience of psychosis who has lectured internationally on recovery-orientated approaches to complex mental health problems, including TED and WHO events. She works at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) in Manchester, and co-ordinates the research committee of Intervoice.

What is the goal of this course?

Still from Compassion for Voices videoThis two-day workshop will introduce participants to the CFT model for psychosis  and how to orientate their interventions for people with psychosis. A key workshop resource is this five-minute animated film— A Compassion for Voices: A tale of courage and hope—designed to engage individuals with the compassionate approach to relating with voices. It has the potential for use as a therapeutic, educational and de-stigmatizing tool.

Who is this project geared toward?

Still from Compassion for Voices videoThis series is for all health care professionals, allied health care workers and caregivers working with people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis, including:

  • psychologists
  • physicians
  • psychiatrists
  • social workers
  • occupational and recreational therapists
  • personal support workers
  • registered nurses and nurse practitioners
  • advance practice clinicians and advance practice nurses
  • case managers
  • students.

Where can someone get more information about this course?

For further information on the workshop, contact:
sandra.bennett@camh.ca or courses.help@camh.ca
or by telephone at 416 535-8501, ext. 36732


Check out these other CAMH Resources on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and CFT—

On Portico:
Cognitive-behavioural therapy
Walk through of CBT

Find this and other CAMH Education courses on camh.ca/education here.

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