Tobyn Bell

Compassion-focused therapy offers an extremely useful method to support the self-reflection needed to do your best clinical work. Join us for an exciting webinar with Tobyn Bell.

  • Learn about compassion-focused therapy (CFT) from the inside out
  • Practice CFT exercises adapted specifically to develop compassion in mental health professionals
  • Experience a powerful self-practice, self-reflection model for therapist development
  • Reduce unhelpful worry, rumination and self-criticism whilst increasing self-reflection, attentional flexibility and approach behavior in your professional life

According to past studies by Paul Gilbert and Kristen Neff, self-compassion is associated with significantly lower levels of depression, anxiety symptoms, self-criticism and shame. Self-compassion has also been shown to support the moderation of negative emotions after receiving ambivalent feedback, increase self-evaluative accuracy when reviewing performance, and to support responsibility taking for negative events without feeling overwhelmed with emotion. Such findings have important implications for mental health professionals and have inspired adaptations of compassion-focused exercises for therapist self-care and development.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the reasons therapists would benefit from integrating compassion-focused therapy (CFT) exercises into their own practice.
  • Explain the implications of compassion research for your therapy and self-care.
  • Identify your threats as a therapist including triggers, protective strategies, and unintended consequences.
  • Apply soothing-rhythm breathing to prepare your mind and body for self-compassion work.
  • Utilize mental imagery practices specifically adapted to develop therapist self-compassion. This will involve you developing your own 'internal' compassionate supervisor, an exercise researched by the instructor
  • Explain the benefit of using the self-practice, self-reflection model to support your well-being, develop therapeutic skills and increase empathy with clients

Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio.  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Instructor: Tobyn Bell is a psychotherapist specializing in Compassion-Focused Therapy. He is part of the training executive for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and is the co-author of the forthcoming book: Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists. Tobyn has published research on clinician's use and understanding of mental imagery and on the development of an 'internal compassionate supervisor'. Tobyn is a cognitive-behavioural therapy trainer, supervisor and programme-lead at the Greater Manchester West CBT Training Centre (NHS, UK), and has delivered national and international training on mental imagery and compassion-focused therapy. His is also a trained mindfulness teacher and registered nurse.

APA Approved Sponsor

CE Credit: The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute has allocated 1.5 CE Credits within APA guidelines for the course.  After attending the webinar and completing a course evaluation form, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.




Past Reviews

Wonderful presentation. I really enjoyed it! Love the openess and willingess to share training materials to disseminate this important information.