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Why Wait 'Till Adulthood? The Application of CFT with Children, Families & Young People

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December 9, 2021
December 10, 2021

Timings and Registration

This workshop will be 14 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive an 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 British Summer Time (BST)

Day One: 09:30-16:30.

Day Two: 09:30-16:30.

Why Wait 'Till Adulthood? The Application of CFT with Children, Families & Young People

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

1  A brief overview of Compassion Focused Therapy
2  The rationale for using CFT with Children & young people
3  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

Recommended Reading

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

Bratt, A. S., Rusner, M., & Svensson, I. (2020). An exploration of group-based compassion-focused therapy for adolescents and their parents. Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, 8, 38-47.

Bratt, A. S., Svensson, I., & Rusner, M. (2019). Finding confidence and inner trust as a parent: experiences of group-based compassion-focused therapy for the parents of adolescents with mental health problems. International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being, 14(1), 1684166.

Carona, C.  Rijo, D., Salvador, C., Castilho, P. and Gilbert P. (2017) Compassion focused therapy with children and adolescents,  BJPsych  Advances, 23 (4): 240-252

Fraser, C. & Doyle Fraser, H. (2016) Freedom: How Teens Can Use Mindful Compassion to Thrive in a Chaotic World and Grow a Purpose-Driven Life. Dublin, OH: Calliope House Press

Gilbert, P. (2009) The Compassionate Mind. Robinson

Joseph, M., & Bance, L. O. (2019). A pilot study of compassion-focused visual art therapy for sexually abused children and the potential role of self-compassion in reducing trauma-related shame. Indian Journal of Health & Wellbeing, 10.

Kirby, J. N. (2020). Nurturing family environments for children: Compassion-focused parenting as a form of parenting intervention. Education Sciences, 10(1), 3.

Kolts, R. (2016) CFT Made Simple: A Clinician’s Guide to Practicing Compassion-Focused Therapy. New Harbinger

Lander, A. (2019). Developing self compassion as a resource for coping with hardship: Exploring the potential of compassion focused therapy. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36(6), 655-668.

Mazaheri, Z., Mirsifi Fard, L. S., Mohamad Ali Vatankhah, V., & Darbani, S. A. (2020). Effectiveness of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) on Self-Esteem and Resilience in Children and Adolescents with Divorced Parents. Quarterly Journal of Child Mental Health, 7(2), 280-293.

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.  


Is this course suitable for someone new to CFT?

Yes, this course is suitable for those who are new to CFT, although some knowledge of the basics may be helpful.

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 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.

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.

Will I get a certificate of attendance?

Yes, all delegates will received a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.


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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.