The Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game is a therapeutic game that allows players to explore what it would be like to engage and put into action the three flows of compassion: compassion to others, compassion from others, and self-compassion. Players will have the opportunity to identify a difficult moment in their life where they would like to be more compassionate and the fears, blocks, and resistances that get in the way of being their most compassionate self.

The Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game is designed for therapists who are competent in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT: Gilbert, 2009) and  clients who are familiar with the key CFT concepts. Therapists take responsibility for assessing client risk before, during and after playing the game and/or suspending play when appropriate.

The game is free, but if you find it helpful I would ask you to consider making a small donation to The Life You Can Save Charity.

Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game FAQ

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) Therapeutic Game Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are the any Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) Games?

The Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game is a therapeutic game that allows players to explore what it would be like to engage and put into action the three flows of compassion: compassion to others, compassion from others, and self-compassion.

What is Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game

Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game is a therapeutic game that provides a meaningful opportunity for players to identify a situation where it is difficult for them to be compassionate and then identify a desired compassionate action and experientially acquire the resources to engage and act in that desired compassionat eaction.

How long does it take to play the Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game

The game has been designed to take approximately 50 minutes for a player familiar with the basics of CFT and a therapist comfortable with delivering CFT.

Does Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game address Fears Blocks and Resistances

Yes, the Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game provides the opportunity for player to identify their fears, blocks and resistances to acting compassionately in a situation they have identified. Players are able to choose and utilise resources to address their fears, blocks and resistances.

Who created the Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game

Game developed by Psychologists: Peter Gillogley, Grainne Schafer and Hayley D Quinn. Game images: Grainne Schafer, Review and edits by Psychotherapist: Adrianna Kaye.

What other games inspired the Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life

The idea for the Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life was inspired by other therapeutic games including Sarah Mooy, creator of the DNA-V Game, and Ellis Edmunds, creator of The Mindful Bus.

What is the release history of the Steppingstones to a Compassionate Life Game

An initial release of the game for general use is planned for mid-2021.

Release History

2021 April – Updated draft under development

2021 March – Initial draft of the game developed for trial use.

© Peter Gillogley, Grainne Schafer and Hayley D Quinn 2021.

© CFT – Professor Paul Gilbert (2009).

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