Compassion Focused Therapy in neuropsychological rehabilitation, NCVO, Thursday, 28. March 2019

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is more than just a model of psychological therapy. It was developed by Clinical Psychologist Paul Gilbert and colleagues and aims to draw upon modern scientific understanding of how the human brain evolved over time. The impetus behind CFT was borne out of clinical experiences whereby patients with high levels of self-criticism, self-judgement, and shame did not respond well to more traditional forms of psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
CFT is an attempt to integrate what science tells us about what it means to be a human being, how and why we struggle with our "tricky" brains, and how we can help people relate to their struggles in more helpful ways. It draws upon both the cognitive and behavioural traditions within Western psychology, as well as Eastern traditions such as Buddhism. These are framed within affective neuroscience research into how our emotions and motivations operate within our brains and minds, shaping and defining our experiences of life.
Many of our patients and clients with neurological illness or injury experience significant psychological distress, often less specific than depression or anxiety per se. For these individuals, changes in their work and social roles threaten self-identity, leading to high degrees of shame and self-criticism. There is emerging evidence for the usefulness of CFT in such cases.
Many neuropsychologists working in rehabilitation have found that CFT is a very useful model in helping their patients and clients. There is a growing number of us that are passionate about applying this model in our work settings but also in better understanding ourselves as humans with the same "tricky" brains. We have drawn together a diverse group of speakers for what we hope will be a fantastic mix of theoretical background, empirical studies, and experiential workshops designed to inspire and equip clinicians in this area with practical and useful skills to use immediately.
Please be aware that we cannot provide the option to raise an invoice for payment by an employer. Also, this is a two day event - no single day tickets are available. Apologies for any invconvenience that this causes.
Day one - Thursday 28th March 2019
09:00:   Registration and coffee/tea
09:45:   Welcome and housekeeping
Dr Andrew James, Consultant Neuropsychologist, Leeds  NHS Community Neuro Rehab Team, & CPD Lead BPS Division of Neuropsychology
10:00:   Introduction to CFT and brain injury
Dr Fi Ashworth, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia
11:00:   Tea/coffee break
11:30:   Keynote address: The neuroscience of affective touch
Professor Francis McGlone, Professor of Neuroscience, Liverpool John Moores University
12:30:   Lunch (provided)
13:30:   Integration of CFT into a neurorebehavioural rehabilitation service: from staff training to integrated formulation
Dr Miles Rogish, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, York House, York.
14:15:   Self-compassion, compassionate care, and compassion fatigue in brain injury residential healthcare assistants
Dr Julianne Kinch, Consultant Neuropsychologist, the Christchurch Group
15:00:   Tea/coffee break
15:30:   First workshop
Dr Fi Ashworth
17:00:   End of day one.
Day two - Friday 29th March 2019
09:30:   Start of workshops
11:00:   Tea/coffee break
11:30:   Resume workshops
13:00:   Lunch (provided)
14:00:   Resume workshops
15:00:   Tea/coffee break
15:30:   Final workshops
16:30:   End
Keynote speaker - Professor Francis McGlone
In this talk I will pose the question 'why do we have a system of slowly conducting gentle touch responsive nerves in the skin?' and provide some evidence-based, and some speculative, reasons why such a system has evolved in social species.  A sense of touch is fundamental for an organism to detect its environment, but it also serves a second social/affiliative function that has, over evolutionary time, reached its zenith in human primates. Here we propose, and provide evidence for, a recently identified system of gentle touch sensitive nerves in the skin that provide the neurobiological substrate for a touch system that encodes the emotional qualities of skin touch. These nerves – called c-tactile afferents (CT) - are hypothesised to play a fundamental and critical role in socialising the developing brain, and have led to our view of the skin as a social organ where gentle nurturing touch shapes the destiny of the social brain. 
Short Bio
Francis McGlone is Professor in Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, & Visiting Professor, Liverpool University, UK.  He is Co-Director of the Somatosensory & Affective Neuroscience Lab at the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology. He has a long term interest in the function of the different classes of afferent c-fibres innervating human skin - those that code for pain, itch (for which an IgNobel prize was awarded) and ‘pleasure’ - at both peripheral and central levels. Techniques used in this research span single unit recordings with microneurography, psychophysical measurements, functional neuroimaging, behavioural measures, and psychopharmacological approaches to investigate the role of the brain transmitter serotonin in affiliative and social touch.  He is also co-director of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch (IASAT) which held its first meeting in Queens Sq (London) in March 2015. 
Workshop convenor - Dr Fiona Ashworth
Fi Ashworth is a Clinical Psychologist who works in the NHS and privately with people with acquired brain injuries. She is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University where she conducts research primarily focused on psychological distress following brain injury and interventions to alleviate this. She has been using Compassion Focused Therapy with people with acquired brain injuries and their families for over ten years. She also provides training and supervision in Compassion Focused Therapy for professionals working with people with acquired brain injury.

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