Over the past 20 years, there has been a remarkable expansion of scientific research on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) in the alleviation of mental health-related difficulties and the promotion of well-being. The strength of its evolutionary, empirical and neurobiological basis, together with its acceptance, profound impact on personal life and clinical effectiveness is the fundamental reason why CFT and CMT are currently being used internationally in various public and private institutions such as clinics, hospitals, prisons, schools and companies.
We are a national professional group based in Valencia, affiliated to the Compassionate Mind Foundation- UK, founded in 2006 in Derby (UK) as a charity by Professor Paul Gilbert and his collaborators, among whom are doctors Deborah Lee, Mary Welford, Chris Irons, Ken Goss, among others.
Compassionate Mind Spain is formed by a group of professionals:
- Interested in the study and application of compassionate practices under the knowledge provided by scientific research, neuroscience and contemplative practices.
- Committed to the development and application of evidence-based practices using the intentional cultivation of compassion and mindfulness to promote well-being.
- Convinced that awareness, kindness, compassion and self-compassion constitute the essence, purpose, intention and path, which gives meaning and significance to the different experiences of life, sometimes hard and difficult and other times simple and pleasant.
- Focused on the organization of training activities, retreats and events with relevant content for clinical professionals and the general public, as well as the dissemination of research resources related to the cultivation of compassion.
- To alleviate the suffering and difficulties related to mental health, and to promote well-being, supporting prevention and social action that facilitates the work of therapists and patients towards achieving environments, families and organisations that are a little more compassionate.
- Increase awareness of compassion in effectively dealing with problems and difficulties of life experience.
- To facilitate positive change in individuals and communities through the intentional development of compassionate states of mind (attention, imagination, thought, emotion) and above all, compassionate actions.
- Support the spread of the flow of compassion by which we are able to be compassionate to others, open to the compassion of others and compassionate to ourselves.
- Promote the application of the CFT and CMT as an effective approach to dealing with emotional and relational difficulties.
- To provide courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, retreats and various theoretical and applied research resources to support clinical work and personal practice.
- Support research and teaching of the compassionate approach based on descent into the reality of human experience.