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Tavistock Trauma Service: external lectures on trauma autumn 2024 lecture 2 (CPD45A)

Compassion Focused Therapy for those who have been hurt and harmed by others: An exploration of the motivation of compassion as the antidote to shame states and self-loathing in clients who have suffered interpersonal trauma.

This lecture is also available as part of a series.

This innovative series of lectures is organised by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work whilst emphasising an adapted psychoanalytic approach with multi-modality and trauma-informed care.

We also use neurobiological and attachment theory to understand the impact of trauma. Our series will present a range of external speakers, each experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma via a presentation, followed by an audience question and answer session.

Who is this lecture for?

It is for you if you are a professional working within the mental health field who have an interest in trauma. You may be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health nurse, support worker, counsellor or therapist.

Our talks will cover neurobiology, attachment theory and different psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma, including historical child sexual abuse.

Lecture details

This is the second lecture in the autumn 2024 series.

Lecture 2: Compassion Focused Therapy for those who have been hurt and harmed by others: An exploration of the motivation of compassion as the antidote to shame states and self-loathing in clients who have suffered interpersonal trauma.

7 November 2024, 7 – 8.30pm

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturers: Dr. Deborah Lee

Clients who have repeatedly experienced, hurt and harm at the hands of others, often face many challenges their therapy journey. As well as distressing symptoms of PTSD, they may struggle with profound self- loathing, lack of trust, pervasive sense of danger, interpersonal difficulties, affect regulation and altered states of consciousness. The emotional context of their lives is often overwhelmed by intense shame states which are experienced both intra and interpersonally. This talk explores an evolutionary understanding of shame from social mentality theory (Gilbert, 2005).  This roots our understanding of trauma and it’s impact on human development in the biopsychosocial science of human nature and suffering.

The talk will explore our understanding of compassion as a motivation, an antidote to shame states, as it fosters a physiological state of safeness as well as orientating the mind to be care giving as opposed to self-loathing (Gilbert, 2009). We will discuss how we can foster clients’ basic motivation to be compassionate to enhance compassion for self and others. We will also discuss how we use compassionate practices such as breath work, mediation and imagery to develop an embodied sense of safeness (Lee, 2022, Lee & James, 2013). We will also explore how we can then use compassionate states of mind to de-shame trauma memories, promote grief process and facilitate emotional processing of trauma experiences. The talk will present some preliminary quantitative and qualitative data related to service research in this approach.

Bookings for this lecture have now closed.

This lecture will take place on:

DateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Thursday 7 November 20247pm8.30pmYes

*To enable access to the widest possible audience these lectures are planned to be delivered live, but remotely, as webinars. Where we are able, a recording will be made available to all booked delegates although we encourage live attendance wherever possible. Please see the details above to see if this lecture will be recorded and available after the live event.

These lectures will be delivered remotely using Zoom. You will need a device with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.


“These lectures are so stimulating, covering a diverse range of topics, with expert and engaging speakers, all very inclusively led by Jo Stubley – thank you for putting these series together.”
“An excellent event that offered not only ideas and understanding, but a sense of solidarity and hope in this difficult work (and in difficult times). I wasn’t sure about attending at the end of a long workday, but by the end of the event I felt enlivened and and reconnected to curiosity and collegiality – so glad I went. Thank you!”
“I found this online event to be very well organised and money very well spent. The content was fascinating and the delivery first class. There wre extremely interesting interactions and I certainly came away with much to think about. Above all, the humanity displayed by the participants was both inspiring and humbling.”
“This has been an excellent series of lectures so far. So very relevant to the field of mental health and trauma. All the speakers are very different, but all show the same high levels of compassion and knowledge for the very difficult field of human trauma. Thank you.”
“These sessions help me gain insights into other ways of working . They support me in my hesitancy in my ability to work with some of my clients, when I find it difficult because I feel ill equipped to meet their distress. For some of them trauma seems to have destroyed them and while I want to help them, I doubt myself. These talks help me learn how other therapists are meeting the same demands.”


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You can book a place at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instructions.

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This lecture is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle for £75 – giving you access to our complete summer 2024 lecture series.

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