Compassion Cultivation Training
Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) is an 8-week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. This course is designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others by integrating traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.
The Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) was developed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and the Compassion Institute (CI) by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers.
Why Cultivate Compassion?
Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. The program helps to develop skills in relating to ourselves and others with compassion. It strengthens our ability to choose thoughts, attitudes and perspectives that lead to positive changes in the way we respond to our own suffering and that of others. It develops the strength to be 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 relationships to making a positive difference in the world. Compassion cultivation can also support one’s own health, happiness, and well-being. Preliminary research suggests that CCT and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, while also increasing compassion for oneself and for others.
This 8-week training includes:
2 hours per week of meditation instruction & practice, lectures, skill-building exercises and group discussions
Access to audio tracks to facilitate home-based practice
Suggestions for “on the go” compassion in action exercises to help integrate class material in daily life
Who Can Benefit from CCT:
Parents and caregivers
Mental health and healthcare professionals
Anyone interested in developing more compassion for themselves and others
Meditation practitioners who want to refresh, expand or deepen their practice