Compassionate Mind Training with Dr Elaine Beaumont

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Compassionate Mind Training – Training to be delivered by Dr Elaine Beaumont

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Free NHS Training for Midwives & Health Visitors in Greater Manchester.

The training will focus on Compassionate Mind Training (CMT). Elaine's research focuses on the impact primary and secondary trauma has on people in the helping professions. The workshop/s will offer practical strategies that will help people cultivate compassion for themselves and others.

CMT and CFT was originally developed by Professor Paul Gilbert to help people with high levels of shame and self-criticism. The theory is rooted in evolutionary, psychological science and utilises both Buddhist practices and Western psychological science. It draws on neuroscience, insights into emotion regulation, identity formation and a range of psychotherapeutic models.

Compassionate mind interventions can help people develop compassion for themselves, be open to the compassion of others and develop compassion for others. There is increasing evidence that suggests that cultivating compassion for one's self and others can have a profound impact on our physiological, psychological and social processes. In contrast, concerns with inferiority, shame and self-criticism can have very negative impacts on these processes and are associated with poorer physical and mental health.

Cultivating a compassionate mind may help people cope with the ‘internal bully’ we all have within us at times. Learning how to avoid being too self-critical, and to care about yourself, may sound straightforward but it’s an essential skill that many people need to spend time practising.

There will be a balance of theory and skills, and an emphasis on personal practice.

Workshop Overview

The workshop will provide delegates with an understanding of the theory of Compassionate Mind Training and its practical applications.

You will explore the theoretical underpinnings of the model, which will include:

Orientation, philosophy and history of the model

Rationale for cultivating self-compassion

Our Three Systems

The psychology of compassion

Overview of research evidence

Why we need compassion (self-care, self-practice and self reflection)

Why compassion can be difficult

The Three Flows of Compassion

Practical skills will include

Compassion skills – attention and mindfulness

Cultivating the foundations of compassion – Building the Soothing System

Experiencing compassion as a flow

Valued directions

Gratitude and self-compassion

Developing our Compassionate Self

Creating an Ideal Compassionate Other

Developing a Compassionate Team


Dr Elaine Beaumont is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Europe-approved Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Practitioner. She is a lecturer at the University of Salford, where her research explores the impact Compassionate Mind Training and Compassion Focused Therapy has in educational and clinical settings. Elaine provides a variety of workshops regarding mental health, compassion and wellbeing for organisations, and her research has been presented worldwide.

Elaine is co-author (along with Dr Chris Irons) of the bestselling book The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self, which has helped tens of thousands of people to learn how to develop greater compassion for themselves and others.

A new interactive app, based on the book, is being launched to help people develop compassion for themselves. The Compassionate Mind Training App can be used as a creative tool to help people navigate the ups and downs of life, cope with their struggles, develop more self-compassion, and live happier lives.

Elaine is co-author of The Kindness Workbook: Compassionate and Creative Ways to Boost Your Wellbeing with Dr Mary Welford, which will be released 26th November 2020. Email

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