“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

H. H. The 14th Dalai Lama


Training in CFT can begin with a book or a workshop, and it can inform a lifetime of ongoing professional and personal growth . . .

To contact us about further supervision opportunities, please email compassionfocused@gmail.com



CFT involves engaging in psychotherapy that shares evidence-based methods with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapies, Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Therapies and a range of other approaches. In addition to these methods, CFT also employs Compassionate Mind Training, a systematic mode of training the mind to cultivate mindfulness, compassion and the ability to take effective action to prevent and alleviate the suffering we find in our world an in ourselves.

Many psychologists and mental health professionals begin their CFT training by attending one of the many workshops that you can find on our Events Calendar. After learning the foundations of the evolutionary model involved in CFT and the preliminary exercises involved in Compassionate Mind Training - professionals can go on to deepen their practice and hone their skills through supervision.



The CFT community exists internationally, and is connected through local supervision groups, individual supervision relationships, web based peer supervision groups, and on-line blended learning opportunities.

A commitment to personal practice, a terminal degree in psychology or a related discipline, and an interest in the evolutionary model of CFT are all that is needed to begin this process of individual, peer or group supervision. Please feel free to contact us at compassionfocused@gmail.com for more information about supervision opportunities.


Post-Graduate Certificate Training in The UK:

In 2011 the first Post Graduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was launched at The University of Derby. Key individuals within the Compassionate Mind Foundation are integral to the courses' development and delivery. The course offers an indepth practice based training. It is an  academic year long,it begins in September and finishes in May.

The course is delivered via blended learning, which means that there are two block study weeks that require attendance at Derby. One block of 5 days is in September the other block is in April. The rest of the time the course is delivered online with live supervision every week via the virtual classroom, monthly live seminars which are recorded, and various material including video skills demonstrations and reading materials. there are also discussion forums and blogs to ensure course participants feel connected despite being geographically distant.

This means of delivery has enabled people from a wide geographical range to take the course.

For further details please see the link below:-


Mailing List:

The CFT community has a thriving discussion that takes place on the original Compassionate Mind Foundation international email discussion group. To join the email group, click here