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2022 IPA Fall Conference
Friday, October 07, 2022, 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM CDT
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CFT in Practice: An Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy

Russell Kolts, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University and Director of the Inland Northwest Compassionate Mind Center in Spokane, Washington, USA. He has authored or co-authored scientific articles on various areas of psychology and has written several books about Compassion-Focused Therapy and compassion, including The Compassionate Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger, An Open-Hearted Life: Transformative Lessons on Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun (with Thubten Chodron), CFT Made Simple, and Experiencing Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out (with Tobyn Bell, James Bennett-Levy, and Chris Irons).


6 CE Hours available

October 7, 2022
8:15am - 4:30pm CST

West48 Conference Center
1601 48th St #100
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Boxed lunches from Palmer's Deli will be provided. Please email Suzanne Hull ([email protected]) with special dietary requests by September 30 at noon.
IPA Member: $180
IPA Lifetime Member: $150
IPA ECP Member: $150
IPA Retired Member: $90
IPA Student Member: $0
Non-Member: $225


Continuing Education

CE will be emailed to attendees who have completed the training evaluation.

About This Workshop

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a form of therapy that draws upon evolution science, affective neuroscience, attachment therapy, and behaviorism in assisting individuals who suffer with emotional difficulties. Utilizing the purposeful cultivation of compassion, and a host of treatment strategies such as imagery, chair-work, breath-body work, and behavioral and thought experiments, CFT was developed to assist clients who struggle with issues of shame and self-criticism.  In this one-day training, participants will learn a way to organize CFT into a set of layered processes and practices that will allow them to systematically understand, train, and begin to implement the practices of CFT.  Additionally, participants will gain exposure to a number of core CFT concepts and will explore how to implement them through experiential practice. This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals, including Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and Psychiatric Nurse-Practitioners.

Attendees must complete the course in full and attend all sessions (9am - 4:30pm CST) in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given. The OPTIONAL Q&A Session with Dr. Kolts from 4:45pm - 5:45pm CST does not qualify for CE.

Hampton Inn Des Moines West (Certified in Human Trafficking Prevention)
7060 Lake Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Room rate: $94 for October 6, 2022. Free wifi, parking & on site breakfast, 6 min drive from conference venue
To book a room at the discounted rate, please call the hotel directly at 515-223-4700 and ask for the IPA 2022 Fall Conference block.
Book by September 6, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.

Thank you to our Sponsor:



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Friday, October 7, 2022

8:15am – 8:45am

Check in, light breakfast

8:45am – 9am

Welcome and opening remarks

9am – 10:30am

Russell Kolts, PhD Presentation

10:30am – 10:45am

Morning break

10:45am – 12:15pm

Russell Kolts, PhD Presentation

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Boxed Lunch Provided

1:15pm – 2:45pm

Russell Kolts, PhD Presentation

2:45pm – 3pm


3pm- 4:30pm

Russell Kolts, PhD Presentation

4:30pm – 4:45pm


4:45pm – 5:45pm

OPTIONAL: Q&A session hosted by Russell Kolts, PhD


Click here to register

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Articulate the layered processes and practices targeted in CFT, and how they work together to set a context for the cultivation of self-compassion.
  2. Describe the roles of the therapist in Compassion-Focused Therapy.
  3. Articulate the forms of compassionate realizations that CFT therapists seek to help clients make.
  4. Describe the three-systems model of emotion.
  5. Guide clients in exploring the ways that different motives and emotions organize their mental experience.
  6. Describe the acting approach used with Compassionate Self work in CFT.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Participants must register by September 30, 2022 at noon. Cancellation is available on the IPA website until September 30, 2022 at noon. No cancellations or refunds will be accepted after September 30, 2022 at noon.