Why wait until Adulthood? Using the power of Compassion Focused Therapy with Children, Young People and Families


Event type Day Conference

St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Rd, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9TJ

Join us for our workshop on compassion-focused therapy with Mary Welford, Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Places are strictly limited to 30 delegates to allow maximum interactivity and discussion.

You can book using the button above or download our booking form and either email or post it back to us. If you prefer, for security purposes, not to fill in your card details, please complete all other details on the form and we can then we can contact you by phone for these.

Key learning points

  • Understand the theory and application of compassion focused therapy
  • Consider the rationale for CFT with children young people and families
  • Learn creative ways to adapt CFT for work with children young people and families

About Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion focussed therapy was developed as a means of addressing psychological difficulties underpinned by shame and self-criticism. The model draws on social, neurophysiological and evolutionary theory to seek to understand emotional regulation and our basic social motivational systems. It postulates the benefit of mindfully tuning into and developing compassion, activating our ‘affiliative/soothing system’ and 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 and tailored for those experiencing trauma, eating related difficulties, psychosis, physical health conditions and work-related stress. It is also used in schools, with children, young people and families and a range of residential settings.

About the Speaker

Dr Mary Welford
Dr Mary Welford

Mary is a founding member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and she has been involved in the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) for several years. Working alongside Paul Gilbert, she helped to develop compassion-focused therapy (CFT).


Registration 09.00, workshop starts 09.30, finishes 16.00 (with one hour for lunch).


Amongst our aims is the dissemination of information to bridge the gap between rigorous research and best practice in relation to child and adolescent mental health. One of the ways in which we do this is through our events, and we try to make these as accessible and affordable as is reasonably possible. The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate and we hope you consider joining.

Both of the spaces available at our Publications/Digital rate of £52.50 have now been taken. But you can access the event at the next cheapest rate of £100. 

Platinum member: £100 (also available for Publications/Digital Members)

Gold member: £116
Silver/Bronze member: £132
Non-member: £148