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CFT is a therapeutic model with broad application across mental health and well-being and full range of severity in mental illness. From a foundation in evolutionary psychology, it incorporates both attachment theory and neurobiology. It is widely used with different mental health populations to help reduce and alleviate suffering and distress. Research has shown that CFT is effective in increasing compassion and creating positive change in mental health.
Registration deadline: 19 May
- Stranmillis University CollegeConference HallStranmillis RdBelfastBT9 5DY
This will be a 1 day event, focussed on the range of perinatal mental health problems, particularly on the more common mild to moderate problems often seen by primary care and maternity staff. Staff in universal services are ideally placed to provide early identification and to facilitate timely access to appropriate care. Their ability to provide appropriate support and to recognise when it is necessary to consult with, or refer to, a mental health service is key to prevention and amelioration of the impact of mental illness on mothers, infants and the wider family. This multidisciplinary training event will provide a common understanding of perinatal mental illness presentations based on the compassionate mind approach, with a view to building skills and promoting consistent and collaborative care provision across a stepped care model throughout the perinatal period.
To take away a Compassionate Mind perspective on :
- Maternal distress & mental health problems in the perinatal period
- Awareness of paternal issues
- Implications for the relationship with baby
- Personal awareness and understanding of ourselves as staff
Michelle works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Derby Perinatal Mental Health Service, which provides inpatient and community care for mothers suffering from a severe mental illness in the late stages of pregnancy and up to one year postnatal. She provides both individual and group therapy using Compassion Focussed Therapy. She has published a paper outlining the use of Compassionate Mind Training with Perinatal distress in a special edition of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy in 2010 and she is the author of “The Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focussed Therapy to enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding”.
Michelle is also a Compassionate Mind Foundation trainer and has trained a diverse range of individuals and professional groups in CFT across the country. She is a Supervisor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy at the University of Derby.
She has also developed a 12 week Compassionate Mind course for staff in Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.
- “The Compassionate Mind approach to Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding” (2015) has recently been added to the Reading Well recommended titles for Books on Prescription. It is the first book on perinatal mental health to be included in the list.
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