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Why Wait 'till Adulthood? Application of CFT with Children, Young People and their Families

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September 15, 2022
September 16, 2022


We are running  this workshop three times in the year and hence workshop places are limited to try create an interactive workshop experience.

This workshop will be 14 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop. For those who are unable to attend all of the live broadcast, this workshop will be recorded, and recordings will be available for up to one month after the live broadcast for you to watch in your own time. We will host this workshop via Zoom Meetings, and will send all relevant joining instructions a week before the workshop.


This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £195.

For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact


All timings are according to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT): 09:30-16:30 both days

Why Wait 'till Adulthood? Application of CFT with Children, Young People and their Families

About This Course

Compassion Focused Therapy was developed by Paul Gilbert as a means of addressing psychological difficulties underpinned by shame & self- criticism. The model draws on an array of important research fields such as social, neurophysiological, and evolutionary theory, attachment & developmental psychology to seek to understand ourselves & others. It then assists individuals to mindfully tune into & develop compassion, thus activating our ‘affiliative/soothing system’ &balancing our affect regulating systems, particularly in response to threat.

In recent years there has been a growing evidence base for the approach. It has been adapted & tailored for those experiencing trauma, eating related difficulties, psychosis, physical health conditions & work related stress.

So why wait to use the approach in adulthood? How about using CFT with children & young people to prevent & alleviate problems sooner? This workshop will provide a brief introduction to CFT and the ways it can be used to assist children & their families. Tangible examples, tools and exercises will be shared to ensure delegates leave with ways in which CFT can influence their practice &, maybe, their own lives too.

Key Learning Points

- A brief overview of Compassion Focused Therapy

- The rationale for using CFT with Children & young people

- Adaptations to, and developments of, the approach for this population

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Online (via zoom)

This course is for

Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Those working in educative settings, with an interest in mental health
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
Healthcare Professionals
Those working within the healthcare profession

Recommended Reading

Beaumont, E. & Welford, M. (2020) The Kindness Workbook: Creative and Compassionate Ways to Boost your Wellbeing. Robinson

Welford, M.  & Langmead, K. (2015) Compassion based initiatives in  Educational Settings: Universal Psychology and Systems Approaches to Service Delivery. Educational and Child Psychology, 32(1): 71-80

Welford, M. (2016) Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies. Wiley

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Mary Welford

Dr Mary Welford

Clinical Psychologist

Mary is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Director of Compassion in Mind. She is a founding member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and was Chair of the charity for a 4 year term.  She authored The Compassionate Mind Guide to Building Self Confidence in 2012, Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies in 2016 and co-authored The Kindness Workbook in 2020. She is currently writing a book for key stage 2-3.  


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 to let us know, as non-attendees will not receive a certificate unless we are informed of your circumstances.

My employer will be paying for this course. Can you arrange for an invoice?

Yes, towards the bottom of the page under the 'prices' section you will find a link to download a booking form for this workshop. Please fill this in and email to

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 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.

When will I receive the login details?

All delegates signed up to the workshop will receive the joining links, instructions, handouts and any extra resources and information via email. We send these roughly a week before the workshop start date.

Will I get a certificate of attendance?

All attendees will received a certificate upon completion of the course. This will be emailed to you, so please ensure that your details are correct on registration.

Our staff will take a register on each day of the workshop and any non-attendees will not receive a certificate. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please get in touch at

What is the difference between the workshops The Kindness Crusade and CFT for Children, Families and & Young People?

The Kindness Crusade is a three day workshop based on the kindness workbook and covers a collection of creative and compassionate methods - so it includes understanding ourselves, recognising our values (from ACT), generating a tree of life, mindfulness, imagery, mixed emotions etc - The workshop does not require any previous training in CFT and participants will go away with some ideas to try and some resources to use.


Why Wait for Adulthood is an intermediate level training in CFT that lasts two days.  The expectation that people will have attended previous CFT training and will now want to know about the therapy / ideas / practices can be adapted for working with children and young people.


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 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.