Exploring Compassion Focused Therapy (Diploma Level Training)

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September 23, 2024
September 25, 2024
Exploring Compassion Focused Therapy (Diploma Level Training)

Timings and Registration‍

All timings are according to Greenwich Mean Time (BST): 09.30 - 16:00

You are also welcome to join a practice with Dr Wendy Wood on the first day, which will take place shortly before the start of the workshop.

As this is a diploma level training, it is not suitable for people who are new to CFT - please see one of our introductory courses instead. This workshop will be 21 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop via email. Handouts, including a pdf of slide content, will be sent to you before the start of the workshop.

There will be no formal registration. You will be placed in a waiting room once you click on the link and the CMF Team will add you to the meeting.

This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £325.00. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk

The Compassionate Mind Foundation will shortly begin its third year of running a one-year British Psychological Society approved Diploma. This Diploma facilitates in depth learning in Compassion Focused Therapy with international trainers and with regular supervision. The diploma begins with a three-day, in depth exploration of CFT with its founder, Professor Paul Gilbert.

Due to popular interest and demand we would like to open this first workshop to those with some experience of CFT, and at least 3 years post qualification experience working in the capacity of psychology, counselling or psychotherapy. You will be joining the current cohort of trainees.

This workshop will

Explore evolutionary, biopsychosocial, brain state and integrative approaches to mental health difficulties and intervention, and the nature of compassion including insight into the biopsychosocial effects of compassion cultivation on mental health and prosocial behaviour

Outline how the three challenges of life (to protect, acquire resources-control, and rest) are linked to three types of emotion regulation and how compassion motivation can harmonise these systems

Outline the basic algorithm of compassion as 1. Being sensitive to distress and suffering in self and others and; 2. working out how to be helpful. These are supported with competencies such as empathy, distress tolerance, and behavioural engagement.

How compassion processing is linked to attachment systems and how they are recruited into therapeutic interventions

Online (via Zoom)

This course is for

Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Clinical Supervisors
Those who have completed introductory trainings
Introductory trainings refer to courses of 2 or 3 days provided by the Compassionate Mind Foundation or if led by a recognised CFT trainer

Meet your instructor(s)

Prof Paul Gilbert OBE

Prof Paul Gilbert OBE

Founder and President


Can I watch the recordings in my own time?

We understand that, due to time differences, it may not be possible for you to attend all of this training live with us. With that in mind, the workshop will be recorded, and you'll have access to the recordings for a month after the live broadcast to watch in your own time.

If you're unable to attend for the entire duration, please email hello@compassionatemind.co.uk to let us know, as non-attendees will not receive a certificate unless we are informed of your circumstances.

I might have to miss a session due to prior commitments. Can I catch up later?

Yes, this absolutley fine. The workshop will be recorded, and you'll be able to catch up on anything you've missed for up to a month after the live broadcast.

What if I am unable to attend?

If you find you are unable to attend this course, please email our admin team via hello@compassionatemind.co.uk as soon as possible. You will be given the option to transfer to another course (within 12 months). Refunds are available if cancellation occurs no less than one month before the start of the course, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.


If you wish to book via invoice, please click here to download our workshop booking form.

Terms and conditions

All places booked for our event, must be paid for prior to attending the event unless pre-agreed with management. Please note that we cannot confirm your place until we have received payment.

Should you be unable to attend the event, please contact our admin team as soon as possible via hello@compassionatemind.co.uk. Refunds, less the Eventbrite administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received in writing up to one month before the event. Any cancellations received after this time will not be eligible for a refund, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.  While refunds for failure to attend cannot be made, you can transfer your event fee to a future event that will take place within 12 months of your booking without an additional penalty.

Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed.  We will endeavour to inform you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email. We cannot take responsibility for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation should an event cancellation occur.

For all face-to-face events, lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish (though vegan options will also be made available). However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will do our best to accommodate your request.