Wendy Wood

Position: Deputy Head of Department (Therapeutic Practice)/ Discipline Lead Counselling and Psychotherapy

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Therapeutic Practice

Subject area: Counselling and Psychotherapy

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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I am Deputy Head of Depatment for Therapeutic Practice and Discipline Lead for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am responsible for working with the rest of the management team in the College of Health and Social Care to enhance the provision offerd within the college and across colleges.

I am specifically responsible for the operational functions of the  counselling and psychotherapy discipline. This involves having and overview of several programmes we offer including:

Systemic Practice and Thinking

Compassion Focused Therapy

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

and also our Uk collaborative provision Person Centred Counselling which is delivered from South Cheshire College and also Person Centred Counselling at Preston's College


Our European partner is Mediterrainian College Athens they deliver our MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.


I also programme and module lead the Postgraduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across the Department of Therapeutic Practice generally I am invited to teach on Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassion in the workplace

I specifically teach on the postgraduate certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy

Professional interests

Counselling Psychotherapy Clinical Supervision and Mental Health Compassion within Organisations Compassion Focused Therapy

Research interests

Teaching and Learning in Counselling psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision

Membership of professional bodies

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy (BABCP)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


BA (Hons) Psychology and Adult Education, Open University

MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy, Birmingham City University

PG Cert Compassion Focused Therapy

Fellow Higher Education Academy

Recent publications

Wood, W. & Townend, M. (2012) Assessment and Case Formulation in  C. Feltham and I. Horton (Eds) The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (3rd Edition)


Wood, W. (2012)      Challenges with Maintenance and Change In CBT in, R Branch, W. Dryden  (Eds) The CBT Handbook London: Sage ISBN 9781849205528




Townend, M & Wood, W (2009) Online Learning and Teaching of Supervision of Counselling and Psychotherapy in P. Henderson (Ed) Supervisor Training Issues and Approaches Karnac: London


Townend, M. & Wood, W. (2007) E-Learning the art of Supervision Therapy Today BACP vol 18 (6) p42

Recent conferences

4 th International Conference Compassionate Mind Foundation Manchester. Open paper Using the three affect systems with CFT supervision

Additional interests and activities

I have contributed to the "Making the Most of technology in Teaching and Learning" Special Interest Group which had its inaugural meeting on June 8th 2011.

I am a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation which is a registered charity which aims

To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion via:

  • Helping to identify researchers and others who have a specific interest in the scientific study of compassion and its underlying processes, and facilitate communication and interchange between them.
  • To support research and teaching of the compassion focused approach to human difficulties.
  • To facilitate open discussion on how to further promote a compassionate focus in many domains of human activity.
  • To engage in activities and raise funds to support the work and aims of the Foundation


Experience in industry

I worked for 16 years in the NHS firstly as a mental health nurse, then two years as an assistant psychologist and then as a counsellor in primary care. I then movedd into Higher Education as a lecturer. I also work as a private psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.

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