Prof Paul Gilbert is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby, Visiting Professor at University of Queensland, Australia, and the founder of Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training.

In 2011 Prof Paul was also awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his continued contribution to Mental Health.

Originally developed by Paul, Compassion Focused Therapy is an evidence-based form of Psychotherapy that draws upon our evolved capacity for compassion to facilitate the alleviation of human suffering.

Prof Paul is internationally praised for his work on shame, depression, and self-criticism and has authored over 200 publications and many books including: Overcoming Depression, Living like Crazy, Compassionate Mind- a New Approach to Life’s Challenges, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindful Compassion and many more.

In 2006 Prof Paul set Compassionate Mind Foundation to support research and teaching of the evolution informed compassion focused approach to human difficulties. A guiding principle of the Compassionate Mind Foundation is that our human potentials for creativity, love, altruism, compassion, but also for selfishness, vengeance and cruelty are all linked to the way our brains have evolved to solve various challenges to survival.

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity, and particularly young people struggling with metal health issues, is how to stimulate their compassionate ways of thinking and problem solving.

Compassion Focused Therapy develops individual’s understanding of emotion regulation systems and promotes emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be more compassionate towards themselves.

Compassionate Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Therapy are currently used internationally in many contexts, such as hospitals, prisons, schools and in businesses.

Learning directly from the world expert in this field is a great opportunity for you to learn how to become more compassionate towards yourself and others. Attending the conference will equip you with the better understanding of this innovative and effective approach that you may apply to your own practice.

This opportunity will particularly benefit all professionals working in Mental Health and Public Services working with vulnerable individuals.

The Compassionate Mind Foundation promotes an evolution and neuroscience informed approach to compassion which now forms the basis of a Psychotherapy in both education and Mental Health practice.