Compassion Cultivation Training FAQs
Does CCARE offer the Compassion Cultivation Training course online?
No, we regret that the 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training course is not currently available in an online format. We understand that online learning is an ideal option for many people and are hearing this request from individuals worldwide. The nature of the CCT protocol is designed to be highly-interactive between instructor and students, as well as among classmates. It will take time and sufficient resources to be able to expand our opportunities for online learning. Any future changes to our course offerings will be announced in our newsletter as well as social media outlets.
To stay informed of CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom left of our home page.
When are course schedules and registration information announced?
CCARE CCT course schedules and registration information are announced quarterly via CCARE’s website and newsletter. Generally, CCARE offers at least two CCT courses each academic quarter on the Stanford campus. Additionally, a number of individuals have been trained and certified to teach the CCT course in their home communities, which include various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, twelve other states, and eight other countries. Browse our directory of certified CCT teachers organized by location. Please contact these teachers individually using the email link or website provided within their bio to inquire about their teaching schedules and locations.
Does CCARE offer intensive, shorter, versions of the 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training course?
While it is to the student’s benefit to experience the full 8-week CCT course, occasionally an intensive workshop or retreat overview of CCT may be offered by a Senior CCT Teacher. Please note that these workshops/retreats are not scheduled regularly.
To stay informed of all Compassion Cultivation Training opportunities as they arise, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom left of our website.
Do you offer classes anywhere else aside from Stanford University?
A number of individuals have been trained and certified to teach the CCT course in their home communities, which include various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, twelve other states, and eight other countries. Browse our directory of certified CCT teachers organized by location. Please contact these teachers individually using the email link or website provided within their bio to inquire about their teaching schedules and locations.
What does the CCT course involve? How is it structured?
You may read about the CCT course on our website. For a more in-depth understanding of the CCT protocol, we suggest reading the book, A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, by the course’s senior author, Thupten Jinpa, PhD.
What’s the cancellation policy for course registration and how do I receive a refund?
For a full refund, the cancellation request must be received via email 2 weeks (14 calendar days) before the first class meeting. For a refund minus a $75 processing fee, the cancellation request must be received via email between 2 weeks and 3 business days before the first class meeting. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received fewer than 3 business days before the first class meeting. All cancellation requests must be submitted by email to CCTinformation@stanford.edu.
I’m on the waitlist for a CCT class. When will I be contacted if there is an opening? Should I come to the first class meeting?
You will be contacted by email or phone up until the first day of class if a space becomes available. Unfortunately, we cannot generally predict if spaces will become available. Please do not attend the first day of the class unless you have been contacted by CCARE staff and have registered. The instructors are not involved in the registration process and do not have the ability to add students to the class.
I’m on the waitlist for a CCT class, but a space did not become available. Will I be automatically registered for the next class offered?
No, waitlist status does not automatically register you for future course offerings. You will need to complete a new registration form for the class you’d like to take once registration opens.
I’m Stanford staff – can I pay for the course with STAP funds?
Yes! You may request reimbursement from your STAP funds by submitting the request through your department’s administrator or manager. Unfortunately, CCARE can not directly charge your STAP funds.
Is CCT a Stanford BeWell Berry activity?
Yes, participation in the CCT class is a Berry activity.
How many people are in a CCT class?
The maximum enrollment is 30 students to allow for sufficient student participation and support.
Is there a minimum age to enroll in a CCT class?
Yes, students must be at least 18 years old to participate in the course.
Are the CCT course materials available for purchase?
No, currently course materials are not available for purchase. Materials (guided meditation recordings, syllabus and handouts) are provided to registered to students and included in the registration fee.
I want to register for the class, but will need to miss a class or two – is that ok?
It’s to the students’ advantage to attend all eight classes in order to get the most out of the course, as each class involves lectures and group discussions that are key components of the training process.
If you know ahead of time that you will need to miss one class or more, then it’s advised to wait to register for a course at a time when you’ll likely be able to attend all sessions. Having said this, our instructors are familiar with and understanding of the unpredictability of modern life and will help orient you to any materials if you do miss a class.
If you’re an enrolled student and know you will miss the first class in advance, please contact the instructor by emailing CCTinformation@stanford.edu.
Can the course be audited?
No, due to the participatory nature of the course only registered students may attend.
Are Continuing Education (CE) credits available for taking the Compassion Cultivation Training course?
Yes, if you are an LCSW, MFT, RN, or licensed psychologist, you can earn 14 CE credits for your Compassion Cultivation Training class at Stanford for a fee of $65. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to arrive on time, sign in and out at each class, and submit a separate course evaluation form at the end of the final class. No partial CE credit is available if more than one class is missed.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Apply basic mindfulness skills to stay present to self and others
- Apply learned compassion skills as a response to everyday needs and demands in personal and professional settings
- Utilize compassion practice with oneself and others for emotional regulation in the face of distress
- Utilize cognitive re-framing with oneself and others from the compassionate stance of common humanity
- Describe the differences between empathy and compassion, and empathetic distress, compassion collapse, and burnout
- Utilize self-compassion meditation in the context of personal and professional relationships
- List three sources of resistance to the cultivation of self-compassion
- Explain three ways to recognize resistance to compassion for others
- Utilize mindfulness meditation in order to cultivate compassion
- Describe current research studies on the effects and effectiveness of compassion cultivation practice
Please review the following information for your profession
CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, email CCARE at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.
If you are taking a CCT class off Stanford campus, please contact the instructor to see if CE credits are available for the class.
Is academic credit offered for the course?
No, the CCT courses offered through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) do not offer academic credit.
Occasionally, a CCT course may be offered for credit through the Athletics Department’s wellness courses for matriculated Stanford students.
Does taking the CCT course certify me to teach CCT?
No, Certified CCT Teachers have undergone a part-time professional training program and have been supervised by a Senior Teacher before becoming certified to teach the 8-week protocol to others without supervision.
I’m signed up for the CCT course. Is there required or recommended reading I can do before class?
There is no prerequisite reading required. Your instructor will provide you with a list of recommended reading in class.
For a more in-depth understanding of the CCT protocol, we suggest reading the book “A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives” by the course’s senior author, Thupten Jinpa, PhD.
I registered for a free CCARE public event, but can no longer attend. How do I cancel my registration?
Your thoughtfulness is most appreciated! A cancellation link can be found near the bottom of your original registration confirmation email (for free events only). If you cannot locate your original registration confirmation email, submit a request using the “Contact Us” form or sending an email to email@example.com. For CCARE events that require payment of a registration fee, please check the event’s webpage for information on registration cancellations.
What is the cost of attending CCARE events? Who can attend?
Most of CCARE’s public lectures and talks are free (unless clearly specified) and often are open for anyone to attend, including students, researchers and the general public. CCARE also occasionally holds educational conferences which are often open to the public. Specific information registration information for each conference will be found on the event’s webpage.
Do I have to be registered to attend CCARE’s events?
Please check the event’s webpage for specific information.
Many of CCARE’s free talks and lectures are open to the public and registration is not required in order to attend. However, early access to seating is offered to registrants. Once the event starts, doors open to all on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is recommended as our free events can often be oversubscribed.
Can I register multiple people under my name?
Please register each attendee under his or her own name.
Do I have to pay for parking at events?
After 4 PM M-F and on weekends, parking is free in the A and C permitted lots and at metered spaces at Stanford University. Most of CCARE’s public events are held after 4 PM, so it is likely you will find free parking. Please be sure to check posted signs when parking.
When is the next “Science of Compassion” conference going to be held?
To receive announcements on CCARE’s events as they arise, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom left corner of our website.
I’d like to visit CCARE. Are walk-in visitors accepted?
We appreciate your interest, however; CCARE’s administrative office and staff are not able to accommodate walk-in visitors. If you have a specific inquiry, please refer to the “Contact Us” page to get in touch with one of our staff members.
How can Stanford undergraduates get involved with CCARE?
We have a special paid fellowship known as the ‘CCARE Undergraduate Roscow Fellowship’. Fellows should be interested in fields related to compassion, altruism, empathy and social connectedness. Fellows are an integral part of the CCARE team and their responsibilities include administrative, event, research and communications support. They should be enthusiastic about supporting CCARE and are able to dedicate at least 10 hours a week for a minimum of two quarters.
However, at this time, we are not accepting applications. Please send all inquiries through our “Contact Us” page.
How can I volunteer at CCARE?
Thank you for your enthusiasm and generous interest in volunteering! Unfortunately, at this time CCARE is not able to administer a formal volunteer program. However, please be sure to join our mailing list to receive updates on any opportunities as they arise. Additionally, please help spread the word about our research and education programs with your friends and family. We’d love for you to bring a friend or family member to one of our public talks. Or, help us increase the amount of compassion in our communities by taking a Compassion Cultivation Training class with a friend. Lastly, if you’re on Facebook, we’d love our FB community’s help in keeping up the engaging conversation on compassion and altruism.
Does CCARE have internship opportunities?
Thank you for your enthusiasm and generous interest in CCARE internships. Unfortunately, at this time, CCARE is not accepting applications for internships. However, please be sure to join our mailing list to receive updates on any opportunities as they arise. You can subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address into the “Join Our Newsletter ” box, which can be found on the bottom left corner on our website.
Additionally, please help spread the word about our research and education programs with your friends and family. We’d love for you to bring a friend or family member to one of our public talks. Or, help us increase the amount of compassion in our communities by taking a Compassion Cultivation Training class with a friend. Lastly, if you’re on Facebook, we’d love our Facebook community’s help in keeping up the engaging conversation on compassion and altruism.
Does CCARE offer graduate programs?
No, our center does not offer graduate degrees. However, many of our affiliated faculty are members of academic departments at Stanford that do offer graduate degree programs. If you’re interested in mentorship by a CCARE-affiliated faculty member, we suggest you contact him or her directly to inquire about potential mentorship and available graduate degree programs.
Teacher Training Program FAQs
Read the latest update on the Teacher Training Program.
Do I need to complete the 8-week CCT course before applying to the Teacher Training program?
While we encourage you to take CCT before applying to the Teacher Training program, you do not need to have completed a CCT course to apply to the Teacher Training program. If accepted, you will need to complete a CCT course before the Teacher Training program begins. An 8-week online CCT course will be offered for a small number of accepted applicants who, due to their geographic location, do not otherwise have access to a CCT course.
Can people from outside the United States apply to the program?
We encourage international applicants, as we are committed to fostering geographical diversity in our CCT teacher community and promoting compassion education globally. There may be a Teacher Training program available in Spain in 2018 through an affiliate organization of the Compassion Institute. This program is the only international, or non-English language, Teacher Training program anticipated through 2018.
I do not live near the San Francisco Bay Area. Can I complete the Teacher Training remotely?
The Teacher Training program can be completed remotely, with the important exception of the two residential retreats in Los Altos, California. All participants must be present for these retreats, as they are an integral part of the Teacher Training curriculum. The rest of the curriculum consists of online coursework and a teaching practicum that are designed to be completed from your own geographical area.
Are funds available to cover the cost of travel for international participants?
While we do not plan to offer financial assistance specifically to cover travel costs, circumstances such as the need for travel may be taken into account when determining how tuition waivers are allocated.
How many applications are received for the program, and how many people are accepted?
About 55 applicants will be accepted to this year’s Teacher Training program. In previous years, over 100 applications have been received.
Does the Teacher Training program offer academic or continuing education credit?
No, the CCT Teacher Training program is a professional certificate program and does not offer academic or continuing education credit.
Can the CCT Teacher Training program help me to develop my own curriculum in compassion training?
No, the Teacher Training program is designed specifically to prepare you to teach the 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training course. The program is likely not a good fit for those who are looking to adapt CCT or develop a new curriculum in compassion or mindfulness.
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I’d like to pursue a graduate degree in the field of compassion or altruism research. Does CCARE offer degrees? Where should I begin?
We’re glad to hear of your interest in graduate school! Being an academic center at Stanford, CCARE does not offer degree programs. However, there are CCARE-affiliated faculty at Stanford academic departments that do offer degree programs (such as Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurosciences, etc.). If you’re interested in applying to a Stanford degree program and researching compassion or altruism, we suggest looking up the Stanford faculty that have been affiliated with CCARE’s research to identify who may be your ideal mentor.
Beyond Stanford, we recommend looking up faculty who have worked with the Mind and Life Institute and The Greater Good Science Center, who you may want as your mentor. We suggest you contact their organizations directly for guidance. Also, you’ll want to take a year or two and gain research experience (preferably in a lab with one of the top researchers you can find) so that you can demonstrate additional research expertise and passion for that area. Also, consider attending the Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (held annually) and the CCARE Summer Research Institute (held biannually), both of which are great for making connections with compassion researchers.
How can I learn more about compassion research?
We’re glad to hear you’re interested! Please start by exploring our website. Our video section has recordings of many of the world’s top experts in compassion research, and our wiki logs definitions of compassion as well as research tools to measure compassion. Please also attend our lectures, talks and conferences, which are dedicated to the science and application of compassion.