12 months
1333 GBP/module
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By studying this Compassion Focused Therapy course from University of Derby, you’ll develop your clinical and theoretical knowledge in compassion focused therapy.

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Studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy  from University of Derby  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 evolutionary, neuro and psychological science models. There are also influences from Buddhist philosophy, and the course aims to develop your understanding of the various theories and philosophies that inform this approach. The CFT approach pays particular attention to the key role of the therapeutic relationship and the course aims to enhance the skills and competencies required to work effectively with this model.


People who take this course are often employed as therapists within organisations such as the NHS or third sector organisations or are self-employed therapists. Developing knowledge and skills in CFT is seen as a valuable addition to their practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of Compassion including Drive, Safeness and Threat
  • Distinguishing External and Internal Threats
  • Exploring different types of shame and how shame is linked to self-criticism, threat and safety behaviours
  • Therapeutic Relationship
  • Functional Assessment and Analysis
  • Formulating problems in terms of threat and safety strategies
  • Key Therapy skills such as guided discovery, meditation and imagery

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You'll usually need an undergraduate 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

    1333 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1333 GBP per module during 12 months.
  • £1,333 per 20 credits

Living costs for Derby

540 - 852 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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