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Compassion Focused Therapy (PGCert)


University of Derby College of Health and Social Care

Part time September PgCert Part-time: 1 year

About the course

Studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy will:

  • Provide the opportunity for you to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) 
  • Give you the opportunity to gain integral knowledge of the assessment and formulation and interventions in CFT
  • Enhance your skills through intensive clinical supervision that examines clinical practice to ensure transfer of knowledge into the clinical setting 
  • Give you the opportunity to receive expert training throughout the course

Compassion focused therapy, developed by Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, is a psychological approach that was originally developed to help people with high shame and self-criticism.

Compassion Focused Therapy is a rich integrative model rooted in

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Entry Requirements

You'll usually need a postgraduate or an equivalent qualification in a psychological health related profession such as mental health nursing, clinical psychology, therapeutic counselling. You will need to be accredited (or working towards) as a therapist. You will need to have access to clients to be able to provide one-to-one or group compassion focused therapy. You need to be It literate as this is a blended learning course, and involves a great deal of work online.


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