Interviewing leaders

in mental health

Interviewing leaders in mental health

Venture into the heart of compassion with Prof Paul Gilbert, OBE, a pioneer in psychology and the visionary creator of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Prof Paul Gilbert LIVE Legacy Interview

With Special Guests:

Matthieu Ricard, Deborah Lee, Chris Irons, Jennifer Nadel, Hannah Gilbert, Nicola Petrocchi and Jaskaran Basran

5PM-7PM UK / 12PM-2PM ET

2 hour CPD/CEU certificate is included

This legacy interview with Jane O’Rourke for MINDinMIND offers an in-depth exploration into Paul Gilbert's groundbreaking work integrating scientific biopsychosocial research with the healing power of compassionate therapeutic practices. Paul will share his insights from his extensive career and discuss the growing evidence supporting the profound impact of compassionate relationship with self and others and the power of compassionate mind training on mental health, self-awareness and regulation, and social bonds.

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Professor Paul Gilbert

This legacy interview with Jane O’Rourke for MINDinMIND offers an in-depth exploration into Paul’s groundbreaking work integrating scientific biopsychosocial research with the healing power of compassionate therapeutic practices.

Paul will share his insights from his extensive career and discuss the growing evidence supporting the profound impact of compassionate relationship with self and others and the power of compassionate mind training on mental health, self-awareness and regulation, and social bonds.

Event Highlights:

Foundational Insights From Paul: Trace the evolution of Paul’s career from his initial steps as an economist to becoming a vanguard of psychological practice, illuminating his path to developing CFT with colleagues joining us today and founding the Compassionate Mind Foundation.

A Personal & Professional Journey: From his initial career in economics to the depths of Kleinian and Jungian training, Paul’s path has been driven by a quest to root psychotherapy in the biopsychosocial sciences to create more unity and soften the boundaries of ‘therapy tribalism’.

Confronting Life’s up and downs: From his early life in Africa through to years in a British boarding school and an episode of depression in his early 20s, hear Paul’s personal reflections on what CFT calls the big three of mental suffering: anger/rage, fear/anxiety, sadness/grief, and how help people use compassionate courage and wisdom to work through them if they are ‘blocked off’.

The Scientific Core of Compassion: Hear about why Paul believes the future of our understanding mental health problems and treatment must be rooted in biopsychosocial science and how we can develop interventions that target each of them in specific ways.

Navigating the Human Condition: Paul’s profound reflections on life’s suffering on how the Siddhartha’s journey into enlightenment (and becoming a Buddha) began with being overwhelmed by the reality of, disease, decay and death and the impermanence of all things giving rise to the inherent suffering of life; sometimes forgotten in westernised approaches.

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Hear how compassion insights and practises can soften anxiety, depression, and stress, and alleviate unnecessary suffering that is generated by our approach to it. “The more we come to understand the inherent difficulties of having a human mind and the inherent suffering of life the more compassion becomes the obvious path of engagement”, he says.

Self-Criticism and Self-Esteem: Paul posits that we inhabit two realms: the external world of our interactions with others and the internal world of our own psyche. When our inner world turns hostile through harsh self-criticism, it can leave us devoid of solace, caring and a sense of safeness. Instead, we find ourselves in an environment filled with perceived threats, wreaking havoc on our mental and physical well-being. According to Paul, the antidote to this turmoil is compassion, which has the power to transform these adverse brain states.

-Social Connection and Empathy: Hear about the role of compassion in deepening social bonds and empathy, facilitating a greater sense of connectedness

Social Justice: Explore Paul’s ideas on how evolution shaped our brains with motives from self-interest to compassion. When self-interest dominates, he says, society suffers. Compassion, essential for social justice, fosters cooperative societies. Discover its power to reshape politics, economy, and social ties, increasingly overlooked in recent decades.

– Interactive Q&A Session with Paul and Special Guests:  An opportunity to directly interact with Paul and his special guests on integrating compassion-focused principles into both personal and professional practice.

Special Guests

Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu RicardMatthieu Ricard is an ordained Buddhist monk and an internationally best-selling author of books about altruism, animal rights, happiness and wisdom, including ‘Atruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World.

Dr Deborah Lee

Deborah LeeDr Deborah Lee, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and founding board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, is an accredited trainer and supervisor in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). She has collaborated with Professor Paul Gilbert for 25 years, pioneering the development of CFT for trauma and PTSD. Deborah is the author of “The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Recovering from Trauma and PTSD” (2013) and works in the NHS as Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service and OPCOURAGE Integrated Services for Veteran Mental Health for Southeast England. She has developed and delivered compassionate leadership programmes and contributed to the dissemination of her clinical and leadership knowledge globally.

Dr Chris Irons

Chris IronsDr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist and co-director of Balanced Minds, a London-based organisation providing compassion-focused interventions. He works with the Compassionate Mind Foundation and UCL. Chris has collaborated with Professor Paul Gilbert on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) research and development for over 20 years, publishing numerous articles and books on the subject. He provides CFT training worldwide and has developed compassion-based approaches for the public and organisations.

Dr Niki (Nicola) Petrocchi

Nicola PetrocchiDr Niki (Nicola) Petrocchi, is a psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, and Professor of Psychology at John Cabot University (Rome). Niki is the Founder of Compassionate Mind Italia, an Italian association for the dissemination, research, and training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Niki is a CFT trainer and supervisor in both Italian and international contexts, translator and curator of various volumes on Compassion Focused Therapy in Italy, and author of several scientific publications (https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=8bNSWREAAAAJ&hl=it).

Jennifer Nadel

Jennifer NadelJennifer Nadel is a qualified barrister, award-winning journalist, author, and activist. She has reported for major UK news outlets, exposing legal discrimination against women and the use of rape as a weapon of war in Bosnia. Nadel co-authored the bestseller “WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere” and serves as the Director of Compassionate Politics at Stanford University’s CCARE. She co-directs Compassion in Politics, sits on the board of the Global Compassion Coalition and INQUEST, and is a sought-after speaker on topics such as women’s rights, compassion, resilience, and politics.

Who Should Attend

This event is curated for a broad audience, including mental health professionals, educators, students, and anyone interested in exploring the benefits of compassion in fostering mental health, enhancing interpersonal relationships, and navigating the complexities of human emotions.

Embark on this enlightening journey with Prof. Paul Gilbert to uncover the transformational role of compassion in psychological therapy, personal development, and the creation of a more compassionate world. This Legacy Interview with one of our most innovative leaders in mental health, promises to enrich your understanding of compassion, its scientific underpinnings, and its practical applications in everyday life.

Paul will be in conversation with Jane O’Rourke.

We are looking forward to warmly welcoming you.

Jane O’Rourke
Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist
Founder, MINDinMIND

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Jane is a Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist and Founder of MINDinMIND. She was formerly a senior producer at the BBC and recently won the Association of Infant Mental Health’s Founders Prize for her contribution to the field. She runs the counselling service in a state primary school in London, UK.

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