Andy Jones, Brendan Butler, Michael O’Sullivan, Samantha Watson

Working with Compassion


A training manual in compassion-focused therapy

A practitioner’s manual for bringing a compassionate therapeutic approach to working with individuals and groups.



This manual is designed for use by practitioners working in a one-to-one setting, with groups, or for the individual reader. It aims to look at how thoughts and feelings around threat lead to problems, how problems are managed, what the role of compassion is, and how compassion can help us to manage better.

It makes practical use of case studies and thinking activities. Divided into two parts, the first part explains the model of Compassionate Mind and the second part introduces useful interventions. The CD-rom contains handouts and Powerpoint slides.

Professionals within the social care sector are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Those who use this resource will be able to gain CPD points.


This resource is aimed at therapists, psychotherapists and qualified mental health workers.


ISBN: 9781908993441
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
Publication: 07 October 2013
Content: Chapter 1: Beginnings; Chapter 2: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Chapter 3: An introduction to Compassion; Chapter 4: Introduction to the theory of the Compassionate Mind; Chapter 5: Formulation part 1; Chapter 6: Formulation part 2; Chapter 7: Working with change; Chapter 8: Writing; Chapter 9: Mindfulness; Chapter 10: Compassionate Self Correction vs Self Attack; Chapter 11: Endings.


Michael O’Sullivan is a Registered Mental Nurse and a social worker at Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. He has worked as a compassionate mind therapist for three years. He has a post-graduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is qualified in Cognitive Analytic Therapy.


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