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Compassion Cultivation Training

Contact Information

1801 East Cotati Ave Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, California 94928

Program Details

Program Leads to:


Training Style:

Virtual – Date Specific


Health Care and Social Assistance


One semester
Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week (16 hour) curriculum that was developed by research psychologists and clinical psychologists at the Stanford University Medical School through their Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). These scholars and scientists translated training protocols and concepts from ancient wisdom traditions into a secular framework, which all persons can use, regardless of religious and/or spiritual affiliations. CCT introduces students to psychological concepts and practices that strengthen and expand a person’s innate capacities for compassion and related pro-social dispositions, such as, kindness, forgiveness, gratitude and generosity. Instructors of CCT must complete a rigorous training and certification program.

Program cost: $395.

Contract Credit Units:

1.6 CEUs – Continuing Education Units with SSU.

There will be an additional cost to receive these 14 CE hours. Instructor will provide details in class.

Students will also have the option to receive 14 CE hours from the Spiritual Resource Competency Center, an approved CE provider for the American Psychological Association; California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the California Board of Registered Nursing. The instructor will provide details in class.

Why Enroll?
Empirical evidence strongly associates the cultivation of compassion and related pro-social dispositions with a wide range of psycho-physical benefits:

Improved resiliency;
Improved immune function;
Increase in optimism; stronger social connections;
Decrease in loneliness and anxiety;
Increase in confidence;
Enhanced psychological flexibility;
Stronger commitment to values;
And greater sense of meaning and purpose.
The more compassionate one becomes, the less stress one experiences. Compassion burnout is a misnomer for another problem, namely, empathic distress. An antidote to burnout is more compassion, not less. The roots of compassion lie in love and kindness, which provides us with an inexhaustible reservoir of energy and inspiration.

Cultivating compassion is strongly associated with effective leadership, enhanced communication skills and facilitating cooperation within institutional settings.

Who We Encourage to Attend:
Compassion Cultivation Training is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others.

This includes:

Parents and caregivers
Healthcare professionals and therapists
Executives and managers
Public service leaders and employees
Individuals seeking to increase awareness and mindfulness
People working in a wide range of professions and life contexts can benefit from this program. No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.