Center for Compassion Focused Therapy

Our team of internationally known, expert trainers:

Dr. Paul Gilbert (UK): Paul is the founder of CFT and a leading figure in compassion science. 

Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch (USA): Expert in the integration of CFT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Buddhist Psychology.
Dr. Deborah Lee (UK): The UK’s foremost psychologist working in CFT for the treatment of PTSD.
Dr. Tobyn Bell (UK): Leading CFT trainer and expert in compassion-focused chair-work.
Dr. Chris Irons (UK): Pioneering CFT therapist, researcher, and expert in emotion regulation. 
Dr. Marcela Matos (Portugal): one of the world's leading compassion researchers.
Dr. Nicola Petrocchi (Italy): internationally known expert in experiential compassion training.
Dierdre Fay LICSW (USA): Internationally recognized expert in yoga, attachment & compassion for trauma.
Dr. Hayley Quinn (Australia): President of Compassionate Mind Australia and leading CFT and ACT practitioner.
Troy DuFrene MS (USA): Co-author of Mindfulness for Two  and expert in the contextual behavioral science of meditation.

Dr. Yotam Heineberg (USA): leading researcher of modular compassion skills training.

Dr. Stan Steindl (Australia): Internationally recognized expert in Motivational Interviewing and CFT.
Dr. Erica Silberstein (USA): Expert and innovator in CFT and ACT for the treatment of OCD and Eating Disorders
Roshi Paul Genki Kahn LCSW, DCSW (USA): Founder and Spiritual Director of the Zen Garland Order, a Buddhist Priest, and Master Zen Teacher in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi.

20 Hours | 20 CEs

This Compassionate Mind Summit & Retreat is presented by Dennis Tirch, PhD and the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy.

This is an immersive and meaningful CFT training, involving personal practice and advanced psychotherapy skill development.

 Some of the deepest compassion-focused psychotherapy methods presented in the USA are explored. Participants learn attachment science, compassion-focused imagery, meditation, yoga, contemplative music, Zen Focusing & evidence-based psychotherapy techniques.

This online, on-demand training presents cutting-edge, research-based training in psychotherapy techniques. Participants grow their personal practice of fierce compassion and profound mindfulness while developing as a therapist who practices self-compassion and personal growth.

This self-paced training is appropriate for individuals who are new to mindfulness and compassion-based practice, as well as those wishing to deepen their work into advanced territory. The science of meditation, evidence-based psychotherapy, and the motivation of great compassion for ourselves and others comes together in shared practice and learning.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the self-practice/self-reflection training model

  • Describe the practice of experiential exercises for focusing attention in preparation for affective deepening

  • Describe the varieties of evidence-based, compassion focused practice

  • Describe the research supporting advances in personal practice in compassion informed therapies

  • Describe compassionate mind training practices and can lead such an exercise

  • Describe the foundations of compassionate skills, using the senses and physical embodiment, and understand how to communicate this to others

  • Describe the relationship of attachment based emotions and traumatic memories

  • Describe two basic practices for working with embodied experiences of safeness and empowerment in response to trauma memories

  • Describe a CFT consistent case conceptualization for treating people with trauma related difficulties

  • Describe experiential imagery practices adapted to work with trauma

Presented by Dennis Tirch, PhD

and the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy

Dennis Tirch, PhD

Dr. Tirch is a Founding Director The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the first clinical training center for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the United States. Dr. Tirch has been described as one of the country's foremost leaders in compassion training in evidence-based psychotherapy. He is an internationally acknowledged expert therapist, supervisor and trainer in CFT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Buddhist Psychology (BP). Dr. Tirch is an author of 6 books, and numerous chapters and peer reviewed articles on mindfulness, acceptance and compassion in psychotherapy. His books include the new Guilford Publications release, Experiencing ACT from the Inside Out, a self-practice/self-reflection workbook for therapists, and The Compassionate Mind Guide To Overcoming Anxiety, the first evidence-based self-help book to apply the science of compassion to the treatment of anxiety. With Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch and others, Dr. Tirch’s ongoing research involves the development of psychotherapy protocols integrating behavioral science and CFT for treating anxiety, worry and fear-based difficulties through courage cultivation.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • References for Compassionate Mind Training

  • 3

    Embodiment, Suffering, and Self Compassion

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Yoga, Attatchment, Compassion, and Trauma

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Welcome to Self Compassion and the Importance of Self- Care

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    CFT in Practice

    • Lesson 5 Video

  • 7

    Self Image and Image of Self

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • The Social Brian

    • Feeling Safe and Content

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Building a Mystery

    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 9

    Shame Memories - Part 1

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Shame Memories - Part 2

    • Lesson 9 Video

  • 11

    CFT Chair Work

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Lesson 10 Quiz

  • 12

    Shame and Complex PTSD

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Immerse Mindfulness

    • Lesson 12 Video

  • 14

    Self Trancendence and Compassion Science

    • Lesson 13 Video

  • 15

    Fierce Compassion - Part 1

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Fierce Compassion - Part 2

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17

    Zen Focusing

    • Lesson 16 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 18

    Advances in CFT Treatment Development

    • Lesson 17 Video

  • 19


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

Develop a Specialty Area of Practice

Transforming mental health professionals into experts

  • Expert Instructors

    Professional training developed and delivered by the field's leading experts

  • CE Credit

    Earn CE credit for meaningful professional training that will elevate your practice

  • Convenience & Flexibility

    Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

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Custom training options for groups of 5 to 500+

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