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Compassion @ Byron Bay

2020 will herald the return of compassion-based training (CBT) to Byron Bay!

There will be:

We are particularly excited to be bringing two top workshop trainers/facilitators to Byron Bay to lead workshops with James Bennett-Levy – Tobyn Bell from the UK and Tina Gibson from Adelaide. For those who can’t make it to Byron (and already have basic CFT skills), Tara Hickey (Melbourne) and James will again be running their successful CFT SP/SR online program from April to June.

Tobyn Bell is one of UK and Europe’s top compassion-focused therapy (CFT) trainers. He will be coming to Byron Bay (only Australian workshops) for the Lighthouse Week of experiential CFT workshops. For 3 of those days, Tobyn will be joined by James.

Tobyn and James are co-authors of the book: Experiencing Compassion-Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists (Kolts, Bell, Bennett-Levy & Irons, 2018), which will be Tobynfeatured in Days 1-3 of the workshop.

The three Lighthouse Week workshops can be taken singly or in combination:

10 Aug: The Underpinnings of Compassion Focused Therapy (1 day)
11-12 Aug: Experiencing Compassion Focused Therapy for Ourselves: A Self-practice/self-reflection Workshop
13-14 Aug: Honing our [Compassion Focused] Therapy skills with Chairwork

From September 21-25, James is joined by Tina Gibson for a 5 day Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Intensive. Tina is acknowledged as Australia’s premier MSC trainer. She has co-led Train the Trainer retreats with MSC founders Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, as well as numerous other MSC programs.

TinaTina and James have previously enjoyed teaching together in Byron and Adelaide, co-leading experientially rich MSC Intensives. If you want to move from self-critical self to self-compassionate self, there are few better ways than the 5-day MSC intensive.

From April to June 2020 we are running the Online Compassion Focused Therapy Self-Practice/Self-Reflection (CFT SP/SR) Program with James and Tara Hickey. Tara holds an honorary associate position with the University of Sydney and is a practicing clinical psychologist in Melbourne. She has been fortunate to be able to work in innovative mental health services in Australia, the UK and in New York City.


Lighthouse Week

In 2020, we are reintroducing the cbttraining Lighthouse Week. Since the first Lighthouse Week in 2010, we have held a week’s Lighthouse training in August, which is dedicated to:

  1. Leading edge developments in therapy and therapist training
  2. Focus on a key theme (in 2020, experiential training in Compassion Focused Therapy)
  3. Building relationships amongst the community of practitioners during our week together

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