Compassionate Mind Italia is calling for abstract submissions for the Compassionate Summit 2022, an online event that will be taking place online from the 1st to the 4th of December 2022.

The Compassionate Summit will gather the world’s leading experts and researchers in CFT and Compassionate approaches to share their research data, clinical vignettes, meditation practices, the various clinical applications of CFT with different clinical populations and in combination with other powerful therapeutic approaches (Compassion Focused EMDR, Compassion Focused Parenting…).

Our aim is to create a network of clinicians who can integrate the principles of CFT in their own work and pave the way towards new applications of CFT.

The final day of the Summit will be dedicated to research: we wish to collect the most promising studies in CFT and give you an opportunity to present your data to a wide audience of clinicians. Every selected paper will be allotted a 15 minute slot for live presentation.

Each selected researcher will be introduced by the chair of the summit and will be able to present their research through slides and answer any questions from the audience. Selected researchers will be given free access to the entire summit.

Part of the video-abstracts not selected for live presentation will be chosen to be included in a repository of the website and will be accessible at a later time. Researchers selected for the repository will receive a 50% discount on the summit registration fee.

For details about the submission process, please see details below:

Deadline: the deadline to submit the abstracts is the 17th of July
Notification of acceptance will be given by the 31st of August

Topics: we will be accepting studies relating to the application of Compassion Focused Therapy in any field.
N.B. We only accept studies that already have collected preliminary data, both published and unpublished.
Research proposals will not be accepted.

Formats: we will be asking participants to submit a structured abstract and a video abstract (please see instruction below).
All abstracts submitted must be in English.

Selection process: abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the Summit Scientific Committee.

We look forward to your presentation and to seeing you at the Compassionate Summit 2022!

For any inquiries, please contact

We look forward to your presentation and to seeing you at the Compassionate Summit 2022!

For any inquiries, please contact

What is the Compassionate Summit?

The Compassion Focused Therapy Summit, now at its second edition, is an online event entirely dedicated to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and its many applications in the clinical and research field.

The summit will span over four days and begin with an introductory workshop in CFT led by Prof. Paul Gilbert and Dr. Nicola Petrocchi and Dr. Hannah Gilbert, designed to provide every participant with the basic knowledge needed to appreciate and further delve into the specific applications of CFT.

The following two days will be dedicated to talks and experiential workshops which will give participants the chance to keep up to date with the theoretical and practical applications of CFT to promote wellbeing (through a bio-psycho-social lens) and treat different clinical disorders.

The final day of the summit will all be dedicated to research: a call for papers will be addressed to the academic community so as to collect the most promising studies in CFT and give researchers an opportunity to present their data to a wide audience of clinicians. 


Who is the Summit aimed at?

The Compassion Focused Therapy Summit is open to all psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists who are interested in bringing a compassionate approach to their work.

During the summit, participants will:

  • Learn from and interact live with some of the most elite clinicians and researchers at the intersection between CFT and other forms of therapy.
  • Discover practical tools and practices to start using right away.
  • Join the revolution of being at the forefront of innovative applications of

Formazione Continua in Psicologia (FCP) is the first Italian e-learning community for online training and updating in Psychology and Psychotherapy. It promotes the professional and work development of Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Mental Health operators in general, through the offer of innovative professional services.

The event is organized In partnership with Compassionate Mind Italia, the official Italian branch of the Compassionate Mind Foundation led by Paul Gilbert.

Nicola Petrocchi, the president of the italian association, is an active member of the English Foundation and has been collaborating for more than 10 years with Prof. Paul Gilbert in research projects on the efficacy of CFT.

Help us make this edition of the Summit great!

Participate with your very own research on Compassion Focused Therapy.

Here are some of the Summit Trainers

Paul Gilbert
Psychotherapist; founder of Compassion Focused Therapy; Prof. at the University of Derby, UK.

Nicola Petrocchi
Psychotherapist; founder and president of Compassionate Mind Italia; international trainer; Prof. at John Cabot University, Rome. 

James Kirby
Clinical psychologist; co-director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group; Prof. at Queensland University, Australia.

Kate Lucre
Psychotherapist; supervisor specialized in the application of CFT to complex trauma; international trainer.

Russell L. Kolts
PhD, Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University. Internationally recognized trainer in compassion-focused therapy (CFT).

Hannah Gilbert
PhD, is a medical anthropologist and lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Deirdre Fay
LICSW, with decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga and meditation.

Chris Irons
Clinical Psychologist, researcher, writer and trainer specializing in Compassion Focused Therapy. Co-director of Balanced Minds.  

Please include a 15-minute video presentation of your abstract. This video will be maintained confidential. Should your paper be selected by the scientific committee for live presentation, the video will also be included in an online repository, where it will be available for all to consult.
Should your paper not be selected for live presentation, your video might still be selected to be included in the online repository.
Inclusion in the online repository is optional.
For instructions on how to use Zoom to record your presentation, please see the video below:
please use a third-party software (such as or!/) to upload your video presentation. Send the file to with the subject line "Video presentation Summit 2022 - [Name][Last Name]" or paste link in the next text field