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A Compassionate Approach to Building Resilience in Therapists

Presented by Dr Mary Welford

Regency Hotel, Swords Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Friday 9th June 2017
9.00am to 5.00pm Registration from 8.30am

Download the flyer and registration form here. 

About the workshop

As therapists we are really unusual. We choose to spend our time, day in day out, engaging with the emotional suffering of others with the aim of alleviating their distress. This has an impact on us. If we look after our wellbeing, and feel we have skills that will be of assistance, we can feel very privileged to do the job we do. Our wellbeing is good.

Unfortunately busy lives and work pressures often mean that we do not look after ourselves to the extent that we should. In addition, sometimes we feel we just do not have the skills or approach to assist the people we see. Our wellbeing suffers.

This workshop will aim to enhance psychological resilience in delegates by building a compassionate relationship with themselves and addressing shame and self-criticism. Individuals will have direct experience of applying Compassion Focused methods to their own lives and a secondary outcome will be a greater understanding of how they may use it within their teams and with their clients.

During this workshop delegates will:
• Learn what compassion is (and isn’t)
• Consider why Compassion is a helpful motivator
• Appreciate the benefits of developing your Compassionate Self
• Understand the experiences and factors that influence us
• Learn how to use this knowledge for the benefit of yourself & others

The Workshop will include:
Interactive teaching
Practical exercises
Group discussions

The workshop will be suitable for:
Individuals interested in developing their own resilience and that of others
Be of interest to those who wish to have a brief introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy.

About the presenter:
Dr Mary Welford, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, has held clinical and research roles within the NHS and now lives and works in the South West of England. She is a founding member of The Compassionate Mind Foundation, held the role of The Charities
Chair and more recently leads The Compassion in Education initiative. Mary’s roles within BABCP have included Executive Committee Member, Magazine Editor, European Scientific Committee Member and Branch Liaison Officer.
Publications by Mary Welford:
Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies (2016), John Wiley & Sons, Chicester, Sussex
The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Confidence Using Compassion Focused Therapy (2012), Constable and Robertson,
LTD. London
The Power of Self-Compassion: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to End Self-Criticism and Build Self-Confidence (2013), New
Harbinger Publications

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OCD Workshop – David Veale


This conference is suitable for all those who are interested in working with patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). David will present ways of maximising the effectiveness of CBT techniques in treating OCD. Common difficulties which therapists encounter and ways of resolving these will be discussed and practised. Factors which complicate OCD treatment and ways of modifying standard CBT treatments in order to meet the needs of severe or treatment resistant clients will be presented.

Participants will be encouraged to actively contribute to the workshop case presentations, exercises, role plays and discussion, in order to maximise the applicability of the workshop to their clinical work. He will focus on practical aspects including case histories, formulation, how to do behavioural experiments/ exposure, stuck-points etc. OCD is motivated by a fear of being responsible for harm to self or others; avoidance of disgust and avoidance of incompleteness/ feeling “not just right”. We will also focus in this workshop on a specific phobia of vomiting (which has many similarities to OCD contamination).

Learning Objectives:

1) Be knowledgeable about the phenomenology of OCD, diagnosis, its’ measurement and recommended treatments
2) Understand the nature of less common obsessions including relationship OCD, homosexuality OCD, paedophilia OCD, existentialism OCD, completeness OCD and sensori-motor OCD.
3) Understand a cognitive behavioural model of OCD and how intrusive thoughts, images, doubts or urges are appraised and responded to by avoidance and compulsions
4) Understand the nature of family accommodation and reassurance seeking
5) Be able to conduct a risk assessment in OCD
6) Be able to conduct a formulation of factors that maintain OCD including a functional analysis of responses and family context
7) Understand latest findings in research on conducting behavioural experiments/ exposure by inhibitory learning in OCD
8) Use imagery rescripting for past aversive memories in OCD
9) Develop alternatives for reassurance seeking
10) Assess and treat a specific phobia of vomiting.

Workshop leader

David Veale is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and a Visiting Reader in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is past President of The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. He is co-director at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Maudsley and the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit at the Bethlem. He is a member of the group revising the diagnostic guidelines for ICD11 for Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders for the World Health Organization. He was a member of the group that wrote the NICE guidelines on OCD and BDD in 2006 and chaired the NICE Evidence Update on OCD in 2013.

Registration form

Download the registration form here.


Rachman, S. (2006) The Fear of Contamination: Assessment and treatment. Oxford University Press
Veale, D (2009) Treating a Specific Phobia of Vomiting. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 2, 272–288.
Veale, D, Willson, R, (2006) Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Robinson.
Veale, D, Page, N, Woodward, E., Salkovskis, P (2015). Imagery re-scripting in obsessive compulsive disorder: A single case experimental design in 12 cases.
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 49 (Special Issue) 230-236.
Veale, D, Freeston, M, Salkovskis, P (2009) Risk assessment in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 15; 332-343

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