Compassion Training FAQs
When are course schedules and registration information announced?
Do you offer classes anywhere else aside from Stanford University?
A number of individuals have been trained and certified as Compassion Teachers. Browse CCARE’s Global Directory of Compassion Teachers organized by location to find someone in your area. Please contact these teachers individually using the email link or website provided within their bio to inquire about their teaching schedules and locations.
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 CompassionEducation@stanford.edu.
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 CompassionEducation@stanford.edu.
Are Continuing Education (CE) credits available for taking a Compassion Training course?
Yes, if you are an LCSW, LEP, LPCC, MFT, RN, or licensed psychologist, you can earn 14 CE credits for your Compassion Training class at Stanford for a fee of $85. 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.
Please review the following information for your profession
CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 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. LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, email CCARE at CompassionEducation@stanford.edu. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetencyacademy.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.
If you are taking a compassion class off Stanford campus, please contact the instructor to see if CE credits are available for the class.
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.
Are Compassion courses a Stanford BeWell Berry activity?
Yes, participation in CCARE’s Compassion Training courses is a Berry activity.
Can Compassion Training courses be audited?
No, due to the participatory nature of the courses only registered students may attend.
Is academic credit offered for Compassion Training courses?
No, Compassion Training classes offered by CCARE do not offer academic credit.
Is there a minimum age to enroll in a class?
Yes, students must be at least 18 years old to participate in the courses.
I’m on the waitlist for a 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 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.