What is the Teacher Certification Program?
CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program is a part-time training and certification program for professionals who want to teach CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training course. Trainees who fulfill all of the program requirements, including a period of supervised teaching, may apply for certification to teach CCT courses in their respective communities.
The CCT course is an 8-week educational program that combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help participants to learn how to lead a more compassionate life. The course was designed by a team of psychologists, scientists, and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Click here to read more about CCT.
Thupten Jinpa, the senior author of CCT, describes the program’s primary aim in these words: “What CCT aims to do is to make people become more aware and more connected with their compassionate nature so that their instinctive response to a given situation will come from that compassionate understanding standpoint rather than negative excessive judgment.”
The CCT Teacher Certification Program is an opportunity for committed individuals to deepen in their own practice of compassion at the service of facilitating this process in others.
What are the admission requirements?
Ideal candidates will have professional experience in a field that is related to, or could be enriched by, ideas and practices of compassion. This includes, but is not limited to, education, healthcare, social work, psychotherapy, religious services, public policy, law, business, and science.
There are no education requirements for admission to the certification program. However, candidates must be prepared to complete a graduate-level curriculum in psychology, philosophy, and theories of teaching/learning.
Applicants are not required to have previous experience practicing or teaching meditation; however, such experience will be considered in the application review process. Because daily compassion-focused meditation practice is central to the Compassion Cultivation Training Course and the Teacher Certification Program, all candidates must be committed to maintaining a daily personal practice (45 min/day) once the program starts.
Compassion Cultivation Training Prerequisite
Applicants do not need to have completed the 8-week CCT Course to apply to the Teacher Certification Program, although completion of the course by local applicants will be considered in the application review process. An online platform for the 8-week CCT course is not yet offered; therefore, it is not expected that applicants (particularly distance applicants) will have taken the course before applying.
However, all trainees admitted to the program must complete the 8-week CCT course before the program year begins in January 2014, or attend a 3-day intensive retreat version of the course that has been customized for accepted trainees. This 3-day intensive retreat option will be held immediately before the start of the 2014 Winter Retreat. See program schedule for dates.
What are the requirements to complete the program?
To complete the training curriculum, trainees will:
- Complete two academic courses (one in Winter 2014, one in Spring 2014). Local trainees must complete courses in person at Stanford University. Distance trainees may complete the courses online by viewing recordings of the live class.
- Complete all quarterly independent projects with the supervision of a Senior CCT Teacher. Quarterly projects include 45 minutes of daily meditation and journaling.
- Participate in trainee group conference calls with a supervising Senior CCT Teacher, four calls per quarter at 1.5 hours in duration.
- Attend two residential retreats (one in Winter 2014, one in Spring 2014) held in Pacific Grove, CA at Asilomar Conference Grounds. Both local and distance trainees must attend all days of each retreat.
- Attend a five-day professional intensive at Stanford University (in Summer 2014). Both local and distance trainees must attend all days.
To complete the certification process, trainees will:
- Teach an 8-week CCT course under the supervision of a Senior CCT Teacher within one year of completing the program curriculum in June 2014. Trainees will teach the course in their home communities, submit videos of class sessions and course evaluations to their supervisor, and participate in individual and group calls with their supervisor.
- Teach two additional 8-week CCT courses independently and submit course evaluations to their supervisor within 18 months of completing the program curriculum in June 2014.NOTE: Undergoing the supervision process does not guarantee that candidates will be certified; however, every effort will be made to support candidates through the process.
Who are the program instructors and retreat leaders?
Classes and retreats are led by certified Senior CCT Teachers affiliated with the Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education. Click here to see the CCT Staff & Teachers page for bios.