Institut de Thérapie basée sur la Pleine Conscience et la compassion

7 rue de Cormelles

14000 Caen, France


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Compassionate Mind Foundation France

Founded in 2013 in Caen, the CMFF offers trainings in Compassion Focused Therapy and the Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight training pathway offered by the Mindfulness Association.

The Compassion Mind Foundation France started to teach CFT quite early after members met Paul Gilbert in the early 2010s. We translated all the material (slides, exercises...) into French and over the last four years have streamlined this into ready to use in these have different formats:
- 1/2 hours’ conference workshop (we had 250 participants recently in Paris at the 2017 French National Convention of CBT, the AFTCC)
- One day workshop 
- Two or three days’workshops (similar to the UK ones: Introductory, Experiential and Advanced).

Generally speaking, we try to be as experential as possible. Each workshop is divided into 90 minute sessions (4 per day ) with, for example, 45 minute of theoritical explanations and 45 minute of exercises, debriefing, role plays, etc ), and we have run these with different audiences in various locations around France and Belgium.

Besides teaching CFT, we also offer a dynamic teaching of Mindfulness based on Compassion and Insight (MBCI) inspired from what we have learned with Choden and the Mindfulness Association. These are organized as one year courses with 3 or 4 weekends per year, plus one or two retreats per year. Typically the teaching is delivered in three years: Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight. We also organize a teaching skills program for those who wish to continue in collaboration with well known European Mindfulness teachers.

The CMFF have implemented a clinical research program. The first results are encouraging and soon we should be ready to present the first results of the application of MBCI and CFT with psychiatric outpatients. All together we are very active and dedicated to the cause of transmitting what we have learnt in England: Mindfulness and CFT, often daringly mixing these two streams of knowledge and practices in an original manner. Last but not the least, we are very grateful to have met Paul and all of people involved in the different organizations aiming at teaching CFT around the world and spreading the Compassionate Mind Attitude; it has changed the way we live, teach and care for our patients.



Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (En français)

6-7 October 2018 avec Centre de Montagne de Thèbe

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Pr Pascal Delamillieure (MD, PhD), is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Caen. He practices in the field of integrative psychotherapy (Compassion Focused Therapy (TFC), Internal Family Therapy System (IFS), Mindfulness (MBLC, MBCI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Ericksonnian hypnosis). He teaches Mindfulness and CFT with his friend and colleague, Dr. Francis Gheysen, with whom he has led more than twenty mindfulness groups. 








Dr. Francis Gheysen (MD) is a private practice psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Since 2010, he has completed most of his training in Britain following a dual training course: Compassion Focused Therapy with Paul Gilbert at Derby University, and training in mindfulness, compassion and insight with the Mindfulness Association in London (Samye Dzong) and Scotland (Samye Ling). He is particularly interested in the combination of these two approaches to integrating mindfulness in an original and innovative psychotherapeutic dimension (MBLC, MBCI, CFT, ACT).



Compassionate Mind Australia

Compassionate Mind Australia (CMA) is a hub for people interested in the study and application of compassion practices, and a vehicle for the promotion of courses and community events that align with our purpose.


Compassionate Mind Australia believes in cultivating a caring and compassionate world by drawing upon the knowledge provided by scientific research and contemplative practices. CMA supports the teaching of compassion-focused approaches and provides a resource for others to access current research. We are a hub for people interested in the study and application of compassion practices, and a vehicle for the promotion of courses and community events that align with CMA’s purpose.

University of Queensland Compassion Symposium

7-8 September 2018. Keynote speaker: Dr Deborah Lee.

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Cultivating Mindful Compassion and Resilience

13-14 October 2018 with Malcolm Huxter in Byron Bay.

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Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy

with Prof James Bennett-Levy & Tobyn Bell

24th October - University of Queensland. For more information please click here.

2nd November - Adelaide. For more information, please click here.


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Dr Hayley Quinn is the President of the CMA. She is s a Clinical Psychologist with a particular focus on women’s and children’s well-being, and an interest in anxiety, trauma related issues and grief and loss.  Hayley is passionate about working with a compassion focus to assist people to make the changes they desire. Hayley enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and appreciating beautiful art. For more information, please visit her website.