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Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy is a Course

Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jul 11 - Aug 7, 2016


4 weeks


2 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


A unique introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), a newly established system of psychotherapy developed by Professor Paul Gilbert OBE from the University of Derby's College of Health and Social Care and a world renowned Clinical Psychologist. Ideally suited to counsellors, psychotherapists and health and social care practitioners, the course will provide you with enough knowledge and understanding of CFT to allow you to start to apply its basic techniques in your professional practice.


  • Learn what Compassion Focused Therapy is, and about its evolution. This includes looking at the evolutionary and biological framework of our brain and body in order to understand how we develop psychopathology, and how compassion works for it.
  • Learn how Compassion Focused Therapy has been applied to various symptoms and other issues. You will be introduced to the latest research findings as the research field of CFT has been developing rapidly.

University of Derby Online (UDOL)

The University of Derby Online Learning is one of the United Kingdom’s leading universities for online distance learning. We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and professional development courses to people around the world who require more flexible study options.

Upon completing this online short course, you will be awarded with a Certificate of Completion from the University of Derby to recognise your achievement and your commitment to continuing professional development (CPD), allowing you to provide evidence to a professional body or your employer, or to include it in your personal development portfolio.

Course Instructors

Mr. Yasuhiro Kotera

Mr. Yasuhiro Kotera

Lead Instructor

Mr. Kotera has been Academic Lead for our online Counselling and Psychotherapy courses since September 2014, having previously taught Sports Psychology as an Associate Lecturer for the University of Derby. He received a master's degree in Counselling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the USA.