General CCT 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 credits (CEs) available for taking the Compassion Cultivation Training course?
No, the CCT courses offered through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) currently does not offer Continuing Education (CE) credits.
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 you 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 eight 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.
Teacher Certification Program FAQs
How and when can I apply for the next CCT Teacher Certification Program?
CCARE is currently focused on completing the certification process for the 2014 training cohort. After this is complete, an analytic program review will be conducted to help determine future program offerings. When the status of the next Teacher Certification Program becomes available, an announcement will be posted to http://ccare.stanford.edu/education/cct-teacher-certification-program, social media, as well as the CCARE e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to at the bottom left corner of our website.
Is it required to have completed the eight-week CCT course before applying to the Teacher Certification Program?
For the first two certification programs (2013 & 2014), applicants were NOT required to have taken the eight-week CCT course. However, applicants accepted into the certification program were required to complete the CCT course before the start of the program. Those who could not attend a local 8-week class were given the option to complete a 3-day intensive retreat, which was a version of the eight-week CCT course that was customized specifically for teacher trainees.
I live too far away to be able to attend trainings for the certification program at Stanford. Is there an online/distance learning option?
For the 2013 and 2014 certification programs, approximately half of the accepted trainees were distance trainees. While distance trainees were able to complete coursework online and participate in group conference calls by phone, all trainees (including local trainees) were required to attend three mandatory training retreats/intensives in the San Francisco Bay Area, in person.
Please stay tuned for details regarding future certification programs.
How much does the certification program cost and when are payments due?
Details, including costs, for the 2014 Teacher Certification Program can be found on the program’s website. Please stay tuned for the announcement when details become available for future certification programs.
Are scholarships, financial aid or sliding scale tuition offered?
For the 2013 and 2014 training cohorts, a limited amount of funding was available to reduce costs for students whose participation was contingent upon the receipt of financial assistance. Please stay tuned for announcements regarding future certification program offerings.
Does the Teacher Certification Program offer academic credit?
No, the CCT Teacher Certification Program is a professional certificate program offered through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and does not offer academic credit from the Stanford University Registrar’s Office. Trainees are not granted matriculated Stanford student status.
Does the Teacher Certification Program Offer CEUs?
No, currently the CCT Teacher Certification Program does not offer CEUs.
How many applications are received for the teacher certification program and how many people are accepted into the program?
For both the 2013 and 2014 programs, more than 100 applications were received for each program. Approximately 50 students were accepted into the programs, 25 local trainees and 25 distance trainees.
Does CCARE help place certified instructors in positions once they’ve become certified?
No, for the the past two certification programs, trainees were not provided assistance in finding professional opportunities to teach CCT. Applicants were screened for their ability to be able to teach the CCT course in their home communities or organizations. Please stay tuned for details regarding future certification programs.
Who teaches the courses and retreats for the Teacher Certification Program?
Program courses, retreats and intensives are taught by senior CCT teachers. See the CCT Staff & Teachers page for bios.