The Compassionate Mind Foundation is an international organisation founded in 2006 by Professor Paul Gilbert and his collaborators. It promotes an evolutionary and neuroscience-based approach to compassion that forms the basis for psychotherapy (Compassionate Focused Therapy-CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training. Over the last 20 years a growing scientific evidence base has been developed for both CFT and Compassionate Mind Training in the treatment of mental health difficulties and the promotion of wellbeing.
Compassionate Wellbeing is run by Dr Hannah Gilbert. On this website you can find a wealth of materials in audio, video, webinars and an online hub that compiles resources to support wellbeing during the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
This academic year course provides the theoretical and clinical foundations of Compassion Focused Therapy along with skills practice through intensive clinical supervision that examines the student's ability to ensure the transfer of knowledge to the clinical setting.
A group of professionals dedicated to advancing the science and practice focused on the science of compassion to alleviate human suffering and advance human well-being from a science-based Functional Contextual Behaviour approach, research in Relational Frame Theory and the clinical applications of ACT and FAP. Perspective taking, empathy and compassion continue to evolve within the ACBS community in order to understand compassion with increasing clarity, enabling scientific and testable hypotheses to be formulated. This may allow for the development of more effective ways of shaping and training compassion in the context of therapy. Beyond this, the idea of applying these principles to the creation of more functional and compassionate groups and societies continues to grow within the ACBS community.
Compassion has the power to change politics forever.
From inequality to homelessness, controversies over immigration or climate change, to refugees dying at sea - imagine how these issues would be addressed if compassion were the primary motivation for decision-makers.
Yet compassion has been removed from the political debate, replaced by a politics of fear, anger, attack and a narrative that emphasises individual success over collective well-being and happiness.
And yet, when we look at ourselves and our lives it seems quite obvious that we are much more than that. We love, care, volunteer, help and support others. Our most advanced political achievements - universal health coverage or equal marriage, for example, were all built on compassionate principles.
What if instead of rewarding individualism and encouraging greed, we celebrated and cultivated another form of politics and the values that a compassionate motivation represents?
Through a new kind of politics and with a new set of values at the centre of decision-making we can create a kind of society in which we look after each other, improve the lives of all and protect our natural environment.