Forensic Applications of Compassion Focused Therapy

Presented by Jon Taylor and Kerensa Hocken

About the event

This is an online, participative event on the Zoom meeting platform, organised by the CBT in Forensic Settings Special Interest Group (SIG).

The event will not be recorded.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 6 x hours CPD - 5.30hrs theory and 30mins skills.

Registration closes - Midday Tuesday 28 June. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.

This workshop offers an introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), outlines key considerations in applying CFT to those who commit sexual or violent offences and offers some approaches to working with shame and other self-conscious emotions.

The training provides an overview of forensic CFT that has been developed in collaboration with service users over the last ten years.  The training will include evidence that has also been developed from service user involvement groups and direct feedback.

Aims and Objectives
  • To introduce participants to the core concepts underpinning Compassion Focused Therapy
  • To introduce participants to a trauma informed way of working within forensic settings
  • To describe an approach for working with well-being and risk within forensic populations.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of this workshop, participants will be better able to:

1) Understand compassion, callousness and cruelty from an evolutionary basis

2) Understanding the evolutionary influence on motivations

3) Conceptualise criminogenic need and risk from an evolutionary and biopsychosocial perspective

4) Engage clients in formulation and ownership of the therapeutic journey

5) Develop skills in trauma informed and compassion focused practice.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Jon Taylor is a consultant forensic psychologist and psychotherapist who has worked in range of prison, secure hospital and community forensic settings for almost 30 years. With a keen interest in developing a rich understanding of the role of trauma and adversity in the lives of those who develop offending behaviours, Jon is committed to promoting and modelling a compassionate and co-operative approach to all aspects of forensic service provision.

Jon has been an accredited  member of the BABCP since 1995, is a trained Compassion Focused Therapist and cofounder of the CFT forensic special interest group.

Dr Kerensa Hocken is a registered forensic psychologist. She has worked with people convicted of sexual offences for 20 years and has a lead role in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service based in the Midlands region of the UK. In 2016 she was the winner of the prestigious Butler Trust award for excellence in correctional services, presented by Princess Anne. Kerensa is a trustee and co-founder of the Safer Living Foundation (SLF), a charity to prevent sexual abuse by working with those who have offended or are at risk of, committing a sexual offence.

Kerensa is a member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and cofounder of the CFT forensic special interest group.


If you need to cancel your booking, please email Cancellations made up to 5 days prior to the event will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event.

Online Event
30 Jun 2022
SIG: CBT in Forensic Settings
70.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
80.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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