This site is a dedicated resource to support participants of the compassion-focused group program that is facilitated by the Swinburne Psychology Clinic in partnership with Eating Disorders Victoria.
Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert. "Compassion-focused therapy is an integrated and multimodal approach that draws from evolutionary, social, developmental and Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience. One of its key concerns is to use compassionate mind training to help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion." Paul Gilbert (2009)
Introducing compassion-focused therapy (Gilbert, 2009)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This group runs for ten sessions and is delivered in both an online and face-to-face format. Each week we begin and end with a check-in, and then focus on a specific concept or idea, spending time exploring with a series of different activities. Group members are invited to share with the group their questions, ideas, struggles and learnings along the way, as this sharing can often help us realise that we are all in this together.
A summary of each session is available in the session materials section of this site, and this includes downloadable resources plus recordings of the exercises that were part of the session. There is no prescribed homework, however we do recommend that where possible you engage with the content so that you can start to embed some of the ideas into your life, developing understanding of what this means for you, and how it can be helpful. A great way to do this is to try it with a sense of curiosity, and to just see what happens.
If you are interested in participating or would like to know more, please feel free to email email@example.com and you will be contacted
WHAT TO EXPECT
LOW COST SERVICE
We understand that cost can be a barrier to accessing mental health services. With the support of the Swinburne Psychology Clinic and Eating Disorders Victoria we are able to offer this program at a very reduced cost.
Participants who choose to take part in the ten-week program are required, within reason, to commit to attendance at all sessions. This enables group continuity and for each individual to gain the most from the program. While active participation in also an expectation, there are no activities that are considered mandatory given each person's unique situation and experiences. Any concerns that individuals may have can be brought up with the facilitators at any stage.
We offer the program face-to-face (currently on hold) and online with our partner organisation Eating Disorders Victoria. This gives you the flexibility to choose the modality that best suits your needs.
The program is delivered by provisionally registered psychologists who work under the supervision of a Board-approved supervisor.