The aim of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of Compassionate Mind Training among university students experiencing self-criticism.

University students are faced with multiple psychological and social stressors throughout their studies. This puts them at risk of experiencing poorer psychological wellbeing and self-criticism. Diminished psychological wellbeing is associated with poorer academic outcomes, university dropout and poorer social functioning.

Compassionate Mind Training was developed to target self-criticism and promotes wellbeing by cultivating compassion. Research suggests CMT can significantly reduce psychological distress and self-criticism, and improve wellbeing.

Details of the study include: 

  • Participants who wish to participate in the study will be required to attend an 8 consecutive-week group therapy session at the School of Psychology, the University of Queensland, St Lucia.
  • Each session will run for 150 minutes, with groups consisting of approximately 20 people and 2 facilitators (a registered clinical psychologist and a provisional psychologist). Group programs will be on a Wednesday from 1pm to 3:30pm and the first session starts April 19th, 2023.
  • Spaces are limited for the program. In total we will be recruiting up to 40 participants. We will be recruiting from January 2023 until spaces are filled.
  • Participants will be required to complete questionnaires at 3 time points, 1) upon recruitment, 2) at week 8 and 3) at a 3-month follow-up.
  • Participants will be required to attend all sessions.
  • There is no cost, outside of the time to complete the questionnaires. All sessions are free.


  • Participants must be over the age of 18.
  • Participants must be studying at the University of Queensland.
  • Participants must have at least moderate levels of self-criticism. This will be assessed by the researchers.

Register your interest

Register your interest by completing the form in the link below. 

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This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No.2021/HE001780]