CFT Made Simple

A Layered Process and Practice Approach to Learning and Applying Compassion-Focused Therapy
with Russell Kolts, Ph.D.
Dreyfus University Center-Laird Room
  Previously held on February 3, 2017

This workshop was previously held. Registration is not open. 

​CFT Made Simple has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for NBCC Credit. UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education and Outreach is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-2787.
This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter, for six continuing education hours.

​Compassion-Focused Therapy 

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​Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), while fitting within the contextual-behavioral therapies, also draws from other bodies of science such as evolution science, affective neuroscience, and attachment. The integration of these influences can be challenging for clinicians considering how to develop competence in CFT and apply it with their clients.

This workshop will present CFT as a set of layered processes and practices that can be trained individually, and when applied, can serve to reinforce and deepen one another. Participants will learn about the various roles embodied by the CFT therapist, how to facilitate realizations that can set the stage for self-compassion, how mindfulness fits into CFT and a brief method of training mindful awareness in meditation-resistant clients, and gain exposure to a few foundational compassion practices used in CFT. Most importantly, they will leave the workshop with a clear direction for how to go about bringing a nuanced compassion-focus to their work.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals: psychologist, therapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, etc. and is relevant for students, healthcare professionals and others who work with clients on issues related to wellness promotion. 


Registration for this workshop has closed
Registration Fee
Public Attendee ​$149

Lunch is included with registration for the general public. Lunch cannot be guaranteed for anyone registering after 5 p.m. on 1/27/17.

UWSP Faculty and Staff ​$59
Lunch is included with registration for faculty/staff. Lunch cannot be guaranteed after 1/23/17.

UWSP Students Workshop only-not for class credit

​Lunch is NOT ​included for UWSP student registrants.
​UWSP ​Students registered for HPW 490/690 sec. 881 the $30 special course fee covers your enrollment in the workshop. Credit tuition is in addition to the workshop cost. Students must register for the credit course through the Continuing Education Credit webpage.
​Lunch is NOT included for HPW 490/690 students.


Learning objectives

  1. Participants will be able to articulate the CFT definition of compassion and how compassion can assist clients in working with suffering.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the roles of the therapist in CFT.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the three circles model of emotion in understanding and organizing clients' emotional experience.
  4. Participants will be able to introduce and facilitate the compassionate-self.

About the speaker

Russell Kolts, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University where he has taught for the past 17 years. At EWU, he has received numerous honors including twice being name the associated student body's Faculty of the Year. Kolts has authored or co-authored numerous books and scholarly articles including The Compassionate Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger; An Open Hearted Life: Transformative Lessons for Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun (with Thubten Chodron);  Buddhist Psychology and CBT: A Practitioner's Guide (with Dennis Tirch and Laura Silberstein); and Compassion-Focused Therapy Made Simple. An international expert on Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Kolts has pioneered the application of CFT to the treatment of problematic anger and regularly conducts trainings and workshops on compassion and CFT. He has also appeared in the TEDx talk entitled, "Anger, Compassion, and What it Means to be Strong". 

Credit Option

A one-credit course option will be offered in conjunction with this workshop.

UWSP students wishing to register for the 1-credit course, HPW 490/690 sec. 881 Compassion-Focused Therapy, must register for the class through the timetable or through the Continuing Education Credit Class webpage. A class can be added to your schedule as long as the class has not started. The $30 special fee covers your enrollment in this workshop. Credit tuition is in addition to the workshop cost. 

CE Hours

This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.

This activity is pending approval from the National Board for Certified Counselors for 6 clock hours.

CE hours for this workshop are also endorsed by the UW-Stevens Point, School of Health Promotion and Human Development and has been approved for 0.6 contact hours. 

Stevens Point Lodging

Hotels located in close proximity to UW-Stevens Point are Baymont Inn & Suites, Comfort Suites, Country Inn and Suites, Days Inn & Suites

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon written request to or when received two weeks before workshop start date. Refunds requested after the two weeks allowed for full refund will be assessed a $25 processing fee. Substitutions can be made at any time. No shows are responsible for the full workshop fee.

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