Using CFT's Three Circles During COVID-19 - Dr Theresa Dahm

In this video, Dr Dahm explains Paul Gilbert's Three Circles concept from CFT, and discuss how these emotion systems may have been affected by the changes COVID19 has brought. It was developed to support staff in the SWNHS Trust

Credit: Dr Theresa Dahm, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Compassion for Voices: A Tale of Courage and Hope

Compassion for Voices is an innovative project developed from a collaborative partnership between Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Shrink Rap Radio #695: Living Like Crazy with Paul Gilbert

Prof Paul Gilbert discusses his latest book, Living Like Crazy.

TEDx Olympia 2015: Anger, Compassion, and What It Means To Be Strong - Russell Kolts

While anger can feel powerful in our bodies, many of us use angry behavior to avoid dealing with things that make us uncomfortable. Compassion gives us a way to be strong that helps us courageously face the things that scare us—about the world, and about ourselves—and help make them better.

Compassion Focused Therapy for Grief and Loss with Professor Darcy Harris

Professor Darcy Harris is the Coordinator of the Thanatology Program at King's University College at Western University in London, Canada. She gave this online talk for The Canadian Network - Compassion Focused Therapy - Réseau Canadien on October 5, 2019.

Deirdre Fay in conversation with Kate Lucre

Kate Lucre and Neil Clapton have been developing using a Compassionate Kit Bag with their Compassion Focused Therapy groups to great success. Deirdre Fay interviewed Kate to explore the subject, which will soon be published as a paper. Kate explored the stimulation of courage as well the the Three Flows of Compassion.

Embedding and Assessing Compassion on the University Curriculum

From the University of Hertfordshire


In this film, university academics from a range of disciplines set out why the science of compassion is making an impact on how group work in universities can be run - and why assessing students use of compassionate micro skills in group work is rational, practical and ethical. Students demonstrate the skills, in action, in their discussion group work,showing some typical problematic behaviours - taking over, or not contributing - and how these can be disrupted, often non verbally. Statistical evidence, analysed by three UK universities, indicates how putting compassion on the university curricula enhances not just student wellbeing. It is also impacting students' academic performance, compared to students in control groups. The film shows how allocating credit (for use of compassionate micro skills) towards degree attainment, is supported by a growing body of research in a range of fields and disciplines. See help and resources on:

Mindful Living 2018: Courage and Compassion - Prof Paul Gilbert

Keynote lecture given at the Mindful Living Show in London on June 1st 2018.

CMF International Leadership and Business Conference 2018: Welcome Address

Welcome Address by Prof Paul Gilbert OBE for the

2018 International Leadership and Business Conference, 9th May 2018, London

CMF Leadership and Business Conference 2018: 'The challenges of our evolved minds for leaders and business' - Prof Paul Gilbert

'The challenges of our evolved minds for compassionate leaders and business'

Prof Paul Gilbert



Presented at the 2018 'International Leadership and Business' CMF conference, 9th May in London

TEDxtalk 2018: The future of psychology: Compassion Focused Outcome - Dr Yotam Heineberg

Dr Yotam Heineberg discusses his passion for finding effective methods for healing the cycle of violence with compassion. With collaborators Dr. Rony Berger and Dr Philip Zimbardo, he has been implementing "ERASE-Stress-Pro-Social", a school-based, teacher mediated program that reduces post traumatic distress and increases pro social engagement in warzones and inner cities. They have recently completed data collection on an international project to examine the processes of heroic transformation from violence to peacemaker among former gang members, and Israeli and Palestinian former combatants who now work to make peace in their communities. These pilots will inform future compassion trainings in school systems worldwide.

Dr. Heineberg completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford consortium focusing on the cycle of violence, trauma and aggression, and applied scalable interventions to increase psychological wellbeing, and compassion for self and other, andf recently completed his post-doctoral fellowship with CCARE, where he has focused his energy on developing compassion interventions, as well as leading the Stanford Compassion In Action student volunteer initiative in East Palo Alto.

University of Queensland Lecture 2017: Prof Paul Gilbert - Compassion for the Dark Side

Here is a link to the recent talk Professor Paul Gilbert gave on “Compassion for the Dark Side”, whilst he was visiting the University of Queensland in November 2017.

Paul Gilbert holds an Honorary Professorship at UQ.

Actions for Happiness Lecture 2017: The Science of Compassion - Prof Paul Gilbert

Professor Paul Gilbert explores the science of compassion and how we can put this into practice to create happier lives - for ourselves and others around us.

This talk was filmed at an Action for Happiness event in London on 18 April 2017. 

Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference 2016: 'The fears of compassion' - Prof Paul Gilbert

Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference 2016

Oslo, Norway; 14-15 October 2016


'The fears of compassion' - Prof Paul Gilbert

Facing Shame - 2016

This is a short film exploring the divergent manifestations of shame with a glimpse of how we might use ourselves as an antidote and a way out towards hope. This film has been inspired by the work of the Compassionate Mind Foundation to help shame prone people discover the capacity for self compassion.

Co-directed and produced by Kate Lucre

Hashimoto's Webinar 2016: 'Anger and the immune system' - Dr Russell Kolts & Dr Anna Huysse

Part of the Hashimoto's Webinars series curated by Dr Anna Huysse.

Do you face difficulties dealing with anger? Or it might be that anger has been your safe strategy? Are you asking yourself: ‘Am I this angry person or is this a symptom?’ Dr Russell Kolts and Dr Anna Huysse discuss the role anger plays in your health, and in particular your immunity.

Hashimoto's Webinar 2016: 'Self-criticism and autoimmunity' - Professor Paul Gilbert & Dr. Anna Huysse

Part of the Hashimoto's Webinars series curated by Dr Anna Huysse.

Our threat system is easily conditioned. We can be threatened both by external and internal (as self-criticism) threats. Prof. Paul Gilbert and Dr. Anna Huysse describe the origins of self-criticism, and highlight how Compassion Focused Therapy can help people with autoimmune diseases.


BDDF Conference 2016: Practical Application of Compassion to Body Shame - Prof Paul Gilbert

The Second International Conference on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) was held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK on 26 November 2016, by the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation.

This video is from the workshop where Professor Paul Gilbert speaks about the practical applications of Compassion Focused Therapy Approaches to Body Shame.

BDDF Conference 2016: Compassion Focused Therapy Approaches to Body Shame – Professor Paul Gilbert

The Second International Conference on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) was held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK on 26 November 2016, by the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation.

Keynote Lecture

Compassion Focused Therapy Approaches to Body Shame - Professor Paul Gilbert

BPS Conference 2015: 'Tragedies of the Human Mind' - Professor Paul Gilbert

The British Psychological Society - Division of Clinical Psychology

2015 Conference in London Monte Shapiro Award Lecture 


'The tragedies of the human mind: The role of Clinical Psychology Science in putting compassion and prosociality at the heart of human behaviour' - Professor Paul Gilbert

BPS Conference 2014: 'The Case for Compassion at the Heart of Clinical Psychology' - Professor Paul Gilbert

The British Psychological Society - Division of Clinical Psychology

2014 Conference in Glasgow Keynote and Public Lecture

'The case for compassion at the heart of clinical psychology' - Professor Paul Gilbert



CMF Conference 2014: Compassion based initiatives in educational settings: Dr Mary Welford

'Compassion based initiatives in educational settings'  - Dr Mary Welford


Presented at the 3rd International Conference on 'Learning from Experience: Advances in CFT'

26-28 November 2014, Birmingham

Empathy and Compassion in Society 2014 Conference: Why we choose compassion... - Dr Paul Gilbert & Dr Yotam Heineberg

Keynote Lecture: 'Why we choose compassion and why we don't." 

Empathy and Compassion in Society conference, held in San Francisco on 13-14 November 2014


TEDtalk 2013: The Voices in my Head - Dr Eleanor Longden

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Eleanor tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

This TEDtalk from 2013 has since had over 1 million hits. For more information about this talk, along with useful links, please click here.

Meng Wu Lecture 2013: 'Compassion Focused Therapy' - Professor Paul Gilbert

CCARE, California

Meng Wu Lecture, February 28, 2013

'Compassion Focused Therapy' - Professor Paul Gilbert


Healthy North Coast Invited Lecture 2013: Strengthening the Mind through The Power of Self-Compassion- Professor Paul Gilbert

Professor Paul Gilbert gave a talk in Lismore on strengthening the mind through the power of self-compassion for Healthy North Coast.

Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference 2012: The Conditions for a Compassionate Society - Professor Paul Gilbert

Empathy and Compassion in Society 2012 Conference

London, 23-24 November 2012



'The Conditions for a Compassionate Society' - Professor Paul Gilbert

How Mindfulness Fosters Compassion

For the Greater Good Science Center Paul explores how awareness of how our own minds work can help break negative thought patterns and help us to become more compassionate.

Professor Paul Gilbert – Podcast with the OCD Stories

The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions by Dr Chris Irons

CMF Conference Groups Symposium 2017: Kate Lucre

Symposium: Group Processes
Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy: Working at the edge of therapeutic opportunity, Kate Lucre
Presented at the 2017 'Integrating Therapies' CMF conference, 16-18 October in Birmingham


Compassion Based Therapy - Interview

Wendy Wood talks to Dr Christopher Germer, Dr Kristin Neff and Professor Paul Gilbert about the development of Compassion Based Therapy. 


Shrink Rap Radio Interview #547 with Paul Gilbert PhD on Compassion Focused Therapy

Love, compassion and ethics - a dialogue with the Dalai Lama at Happiness & Its Causes 2015

Witness a unique dialogue between the Dalai Lama and a panel of world leading scientists and educators fostering ethical, loving and compassionate global citizens. The Dalai Lama and Richard Fidler are joined by: Professor Barbara Fredrickson, USA, acclaimed positive emotions researcher and best-selling author of Positivity and Love 2.0, Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, UK, pioneering compassion researcher and initiator of Compassion Focused Therapy, Dr Sue Knight, chief evaluator of the Primary Ethics trial in NSW schools and Charlie Scudamore, Vice Principal at Geelong Grammar School

Paul Gilbert and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion

Workshop Part 1: Dr. Paul Gilbert for CCARE at Stanford University

Workshop Part 2: Dr. Paul Gilbert for CCARE at Stanford University

Workshop Part 3: Dr. Paul Gilbert for CCARE at Stanford University

Workshop Part 4: Dr. Paul Gilbert for CCARE at Stanford University

Prof Paul Crawford "3 P's of Compassion"

A podcast by Paul Crawford for the first East Midlands Compassion in Health Care Conference on 1st May 2015.

Deirdre Fay in conversation with Russell Kolts

Deirdre Fay talks with Russell Kolts on getting triggered, anger, shame, and Compassion Focused Therapy. Russell's new book comes out in April: Experiencing Compassion-Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists.

New Perspectives on Compassion Across the Disciplines

Moderated by  Dr Yotam Heineberg,  John Gillies, MA, FRCGP, FRCPE, OBE, Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE, Monica Worline, PhD and Anne Birgitta Pessi, PhD CCARE provided short presentations of new work on a variety of perspectives on compassion, including neuroscience, health care, psychology and business.

2016 conference preview: Prof Daniel Siegel and Prof Paul Gilbert

The Compassionate Mind Foundation 2016 Conference "Compassion: Integrating Body, Mind & Culture" takes place 19-21 October. Watch Prof Daniel Siegel and Prof Paul Gilbert discussing their workshop and keynote - compassion and the integration of mind.

Charlie Heriot-Maitland: Compassion for Voices - Science and Application

In 2015, Charles and his collaborators released a short film called ‘Compassion for Voices’. Since then, the film has been widely viewed, translated into different languages, featured in TV documentaries, and has been frequently used as a resource for education, training, and therapy in mental health. But what is really going on in this film? What are the ideas behind it? What can we do with these ideas to actually improve our relationships to voices? In this talk, Charles explores the scientific understandings and research behind each aspect of the film, and then demonstrates how these can be translated into real-life practices, techniques, and experiences for voice-hearers. Some feedback from voice-hearers who have watched the film is also presented. This talk is a recording of a webinar Charles presented for ISPS-US on 11/11/16.

Growing and Sustaining Compassion in Health Care

Compassion and the Middle Way (Paul Gilbert)

The Middle Way Society pocast - episode 12 (2014)


In this short interview Paul Gilbert, a clinical psychologist and author of the Compassionate Mind talks to us about compassion and how he came to develop Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Among the topics discussed are its practical applications, Jungian archetypes, the role of values, the Middle Way, mindfulness and the complexity of forgiveness.


Paul Gilbert in conversation with Mick O'Regan

At the launch of Compassionate Minds Australia in Byron Bay 16th June 2015. See more at:



Chris Irons - Our Motivation Systems - Empathy and Compassion in Society 2013

Lectures from the UK: Dr. Paul Gilbert Presenting Core Tenets of Compassion Focused Therapy

Dr. Gilbert highlights the basis CFT as rooted in psycho-physiological research, and its relevance to self compassion. Dr. Gilbert then relates these ideas to healing, as well as cognitive behavioral work with various forms of suffering. Dr. Gilbert concludes his presentation by leading students through mindfulness, compassion visualization and attention practices; focused on the cultivation of the resilient compassionate self, via conduits of compassion towards self and others.


Professor Paul Gilbert’s 2nd Inaugural Lecture, University of Derby

In December 2015, Derby University welcomed their Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, Paul Gilbert OBE to give his second Inaugural Lecture.  Aiming to highlight the serious problems that humanity has with its own brain, Prof Gilbert h...

What's the connection between Mindfulness, Compassion & Lucid Dreaming?

Evolutionary approaches to mental health

Lectures given at the recent Second Evolutionary Psychiatry Symposium that took place at RCPsych in London on 12 January 2018.

You can access the full range of the speaker slides for all the presentations on EPSIG here:

CMF Conference 2017: Paul Gilbert

KEYNOTE: 'Compassion for All'

Presented at the 2017 'Integrating Therapies' CMF conference, 16-18 October in Birmingham

Deirdre Fay in conversation with Stan Steindl

Deirdre Fay talks with Australian clinical psychologist, and CFT practitioner, Dr Stan Steindl about his work on motivational interviewing and how we can cultivate our compassionate self to aid positive change 

Paul Gilbert interviews Rick Hanson (2014)

Prof Paul Gilbert interviews Dr Rick Hanson in Derby after his 'Hardwiring Happiness' workshop for Compassionate Wellbeing, 2014

Paul Gilbert - Confidence (Foundations of Wellbeing)

Part of Rick Hanson's Foundations of Wellbeing programme
In this interview, learn from Paul Gilbert - professor, author, and founder of compassion-based therapy - how to grow a sense of self-worth, keep a friendly relationship with yourself, be honest without being critical, and stop undermining your own confidence. Watch the full hour-long video and get more out of your life with the Foundations of Well-Being.