What is Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)?
At one time or another we all face difficult and/or stressful situations. A compassionate attitude may notably reduce the distress we feel at these times and may become a profound personal resource. In Compassion Cultivation Training you will learn and cultivate skills that help you train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions as well as develop skills so you may better relate to others and yourself.
“Through this class it is becoming easier to deal with people I find to be difficult and to be compassionate towards myself (which was my main goal)”. ~ Mandy G.
CCT is an eight-week curriculum, facilitated in-person, designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion, and was developed at Stanford University Medical School’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.
Thupten Jinpa, the senior author of CCT (principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985), describes the program 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.”
“Amy is a great instructor. She creates a supportive and effective learning environment for everyone. I’m aware I’ve kept a ‘protective shell’ around me much of my life and this class has helped me feel able to loosen that some and explore ways to feel less need for that barrier….although that is still going to take a lot of work. I think compassion for self was a very valuable aspect of the course for me. I felt it helped me grow in the area of forgiveness and setting personal boundaries, but with compassion rather than anger or defensiveness.” ~ Donna D.
Compassion Cultivation Training Course Details
The process of cultivating compassion involves training our minds, developing specific skills in how we relate to others and ourselves, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. The CCT training process includes:
- Daily meditation practices (via audio files for you to keep) which help develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion
- 8 two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion, and in-class partner and small-group listening and communication exercises
- Real-world “homework” assignments to help you practice compassionate thought and action
In this course, you will learn how to:
- Increase kindness, compassion, and acceptance for self and others
- Move toward contentment and away from anxiety
- Develop deeper levels of serenity, resilience, and creativity
- Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
- Sharpen your ability to focus and pay attention
- Strengthen your ability to be present with difficulty
- Embrace the courage to take compassionate action
- Integrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices into everyday life
- Balance life’s challenges with a positive outlook
If you can benefit from developing any of these skills, please join is for our next series.
This course qualifies for Continuing Education via:
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. Continuing Education credit for Washington LCSWs and MFTs and RNs may be available; check with the state licensing board for approval. For questions about APA CE contact, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 763-3576. 16 Hours of CE.