Compassion Cultivation Training
Compassion Cultivation Training™ Learn how to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions and develop skills that help you relate to others—and yourself.
This training will be led by Becca Peters, LCSW and Certified Mindfulness Facilitator. This course is offered publicly, once in 2017. If you wish to privately host the course at your organization please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and can become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The training includes:
Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups.
Meditation: Daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to develop loving kindness, empathy, and compassion.
Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action.
People working in a wide range of professions and life contexts can benefit from this program. Everyone is welcome. A commitment to attend each session is requested. No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training. The group room is upstairs and requires walking up a flight of stairs.
More about Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT):
For Compassion training extends beyond helping one feel more empathy and concern for others. It includes the development of the strength to be present with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action and the resilience to prevent compassion fatigue. These qualities support a wide range of goals—from improving personal and work relationships to making a positive difference in the world. Preliminary research suggests that the CCT course and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connection with others. This course was developed by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences.
Compassion training courses are educational and are not meant to treat psychological disorders. Participation in the course requires regular attendance and adhering to basic classroom policies.