Teacher Training Program FAQs
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Do I need to complete the 8-week CCT course before applying to the Teacher Training program?
While we encourage you to enroll in CCT if you have not yet taken it, you do not need to have completed a CCT course to apply to the Teacher Training program. If you are 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. Applicants who are selected to participate in the online CCT course will be notified upon acceptance to the Teacher Training program. The online CCT course will take place during the eight weeks prior to the first retreat.
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.
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 website.
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.
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 Units (CEUs) available for taking the Compassion Cultivation Training course?
Yes, if you are an LCSW, MFT, RN, or licensed psychologist, you can earn 14 CEUs for your Compassion Cultivation Training class at Stanford for a fee of $45. 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 CEU 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 the everyday needs and demands of one’s personal and professional life
- Utilize compassion practice with oneself and others for emotional regulation in the face of distress
- Recognize judgmental patterns of mind within oneself and towards others
- Utilize cognitive re-framing with oneself and others from the compassionate stance of “common humanity”
- Differentiate between empathy and compassion and understand the difference between empathetic distress, compassion collapse and burnout
- Utilize self-compassion meditation for oneself in the context of personal and professional relationships
- Describe three sources of resistance to the cultivation of self-compassion
- Identify three ways to recognize resistance to compassion for others
- Utilize mindfulness meditation in order to cultivate compassion
- Cite current research studies on the effects and effectiveness of compassion cultivation practice
- Establish a daily compassion and meditation practice
Please review the following information for your profession:
- American Psychological Association: Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for its programs and their content.
- California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
- California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
If you are taking a CCT class off Stanford campus, please contact the instructor to see if CEUs 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.