Live evening course in CMT (8-weeks, online, Jan – Mar 2024)


A live 8-week Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) course on Wednesday evenings 24th January – 13th March (online).

Course dates: 24th Jan; 31st Jan; 7th Feb; 14th Feb; 21st Feb; 28th Feb; 6th Mar; 13th Mar.

Course time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm.

Course facilitators: Jen Wood and Chloe Scott, Certified CMT Facilitators, Balanced Minds.

Free taster sessions: 3rd & 10th January 2024 (6:00 – 6:45pm).

Course description:

During this innovate, evidence-based 8-week course (Irons & Heriot-Maitland, 2020), participants will be guided in learning how to develop their ‘compassionate minds’. Each session will involve a mixture of taught content, experiential exercises and practices (e.g. mindfulness, imagery, compassionate mind skills development), group discussion, videos and written work.

As the sessions progress, participants will learn how to develop and access their ‘compassionate minds’, and how they can use this to reduce self-criticism, balance strong negative emotions (e.g. anger, anxiety, shame), and become more compassionate to themselves and other people.

This 8 Week Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) programme course was developed by Irons & Heriot-Maitland (2020), adapted from the ground-breaking work of internationally renowned psychologist and creator of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Professor Paul Gilbert.

During the course, participants will learn:

• how our minds are naturally susceptible to getting caught up in to negative thinking-emotion ‘loops’

• about the ‘three emotion systems’ model, and how many of us can get stuck in emotional imbalance

• what compassion is, what attributes help to facilitate it, what can block it, and how we can train our minds in it

• that compassion can come in three different ‘flows’ – to others (compassion for others), from others (compassion from others) and to ourselves (self-compassion)

• to develop skills to balance their emotions by developing skills in mindfulness and compassion

Participants will have the opportunity to develop skills in:

• Mindfulness – we will explore the power of attention and awareness, and practice a variety of mindfulness exercises that can help people to develop greater attentional stability

• Breathing – practicing how certain types of breathing rhythm help to sooth and calm the body, and consequentially, the mind

• Compassion – we will explore how to develop your ‘compassionate mind’ through a variety of practices, including those involving memory, imagery, embodied action, emotion and thinking.

Participants will be asked to do in-between session skills training practice, guided by audio files and written material.


Find out more details about our Compassion Focused Therapy trainings here, and our self-compassion resources here

This course is in part build upon the wonderful work of Professor Paul Gilbert