The newest program offered in collaboration with the Applied Compassion Academy™, The Applied Compassion Training Program™ (ACT) is a 10-month deep dive into the embodied experience of becoming a compassion change agent.
The ultimate aim of Applied Compassion Training is to prepare people who feel an urgency to bring forth and integrate compassionate action into their occupations, professions, communities and institutions, as well as into their personal development.
Unlike other teacher training programs, ACT offers participants a chance to apply compassion in practice during the program and use the dialogue, skill-building, and tools in real time. Participants who successfully complete ACT will be in a variety of fields. ACT creates AMBASSADORS of compassion in many fields, including educators, facilitators, consultants, physicians, nurses, coaches, and leaders of all kinds. Ambassadors of Applied Compassion will be representatives, advocates, and stewards of compassion. ACT helps bring forth people who will embody a high level of mastery and expertise in facilitating a compassionate response in real-world settings. Graduates will leave this training with the mindset, heartset, and skillset they need to effectively work for and sustain transformative change within a multiplicity of community and organizational settings.
Over the course of this 10-month training, trainees will meet for 3 in-person sessions. These non-residential on-site workshop retreats are designed to be highly immersive and experiential. They are scheduled in January, June and November of 2020. In the intervening months, between the on-site retreats, trainees will participate in two monthly online Zoom sessions and 1:1 Zoom meetings with an assigned program advisor.
The first monthly online session is a didactic/practice session. It combines teaching and experiential processes associated with that month’s specific module. The second online session will give trainees an opportunity to bring questions, challenges, and real-world issues into a smaller group and receive direct coaching from the core faculty and other guest subject-matter experts.
A key component of ACT will include a capstone project that each trainee will design, execute, and present with the support of their ACT teams, along with support and guidance from core faculty and other guest subject-matter experts.
- Three on-site Training Retreats: January 10, 11, 12, 2020 Becoming a Compassion Ambassador; June 5, 6, 7, 2020 Compassionate Coaching and Facilitation Skills; November 13, 14, 15, 2020 Capstone Presentations and Graduation. Location for the 3 on-site retreats: San Francisco Peninsula venue (TBA) on or near Stanford University campus.
- Monthly Online Sessions: Examples include: Mindfulness in the Service of Compassion™; Resiliency; A Skillful Recognition and Response to Triggers; Diversity and Compassionate Conflict Resolution; Compassionate Forgiveness and Reconciliation; and Applied Compassion: Bringing It into The World.
- Capstone Project : Designed, executed and presented with support from other ACT team members and guidance from core faculty and guest subject-matter experts.
- Collaborative Learning Community: Ongoing engagement with a creative and dynamic group of colleagues committed to bringing compassion into real world settings, as a core motivating intention and goal. Graduates of ACT will be certified as: Educators, Facilitators, Consultants and Ambassadors of Applied Compassion.