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“Compassion gives us the courage and wisdom to descend into our suffering.”

-Prof Paul Gilbert OBE

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The Compassionate Mind Foundation

Established as a charity in 2006, The Compassionate Mind Foundation (CMF) is the home of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT), and the leading provider of trainings and research.

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What is compassion focused therapy?

Compassionate Mind Training

Compassionate Mind Training helps us to understand, and work with, our tricky brains. It builds our abilities to use our bodies to support our minds, and develop the courage and wisdom to address our life difficulties and flourish. The compassionate mind tries to live to be helpful not harmful.

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International Affiliate Centres, Peer Support & Supervision Networks, Discussion Lists and
Special Interest Groups

The Compassionate Mind Foundation is an international network of practitioners and researchers dedicated to the promotion of CFT and CMT. We have a number of international affiliate centres, as well as regional peer support and supervision networks, and special interest groups focusing on the application of CFT and CMT to particular specialist areas.

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Starting on the 5th September 2022
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

At the Compassionate Mind Foundation we are committed to building a community that is genuinely inclusive, welcoming and respects and celebrates diversity. We are incredibly proud of, and inspired by, our growing international community, and the transcultural perspectives they are offering, widening our understanding of the cultural relevancies of compassion. We're aiming to make more compassion focused materials freely available, which will include a wider collection of resources and events in a variety of different languages.

As part of this aim, we've set up the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Fund (EDIF). This offers scholarships to workshops and conferences for those who would not otherwise be able to attend. We also offer funding for compassion focused research. To enquire about the EDIF, or if you are interested in translation work, please email

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Become a community member

Membership as part of the Compassionate Mind Foundation is an endeavour to build a community of members who will have access to a range of exclusive resources. This will include video and audio files, training materials and handouts, as well as access to research resources such as a literature database, research directory and much more.  All membership contributions help to support the Foundation and the work that we do. These resources are intended to supplement and support those of you have attended CFT training and is not intended as self-help resources or replacement for training.

It costs just £65 per year, and will also enable you to take advantage of special discounted rates for a range of our events.

Video & Audio

Our collection of videos include recordings  from some of our international conferences, training videos (including role plays), guided practises, and exclusive interviews with people in the CFT community.

Online resources

Our online resources exclusive for members include handouts, tip sheets, and manuals aimed to support practitioners. Members will also have access to an archive of past conference presentations.

Member Events

As a member, you will be invited to special members events, where you'll be able to put your questions to some of the leading CFT practitioners and researchers.

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Interested in bespoke training?

We are delighted to be able to offer bespoke training packages for those who would like to offer CFT & CMT training workshops to their staff and colleagues.


We work with you to create a workshop tailored to your participant needs, and can offer one, two or three day training packages.


All of our trainers are experienced practitioners and active members of our community, bringing with them up to date knowledge of the compassion focused model and research.


We know organising events can be stressful, so our admin team, led by Binita Shah, are here to help you organise and co-ordinate your event.

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