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Compassion Cultivation Training
Nikki Mirghafori, Robert Cusick
Thursday, September 4 - Thursday, October 23, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Community Meditation Hall
$250-$350 sliding scale, fee includes teacher donation. Code RC1C14.
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Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen and cultivate the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness.

This course was developed by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at the Stanford University School of Medicine. CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences.

Online registration closes on Wednesday, September 3rd at noon. At-the-door registration will only be available at the first class. No drop-ins will be accepted.

More information is available at http://ccare.stanford.edu/about/mission-vision/

Disclaimer: Compassion training courses are educational and are not meant to treat psychological disorders. Participation in the course requires regular attendance and adhering to basic classroom policies. Participants who miss more than two classes or otherwise disrupt the learning environment may be asked to withdraw from the course without a refund.

Who Attends: People working in a wide range of professions and life contexts can benefit from this program. Everyone is welcome. A commitment to attend each session is requested. No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.

Teachings are appropriate for individuals as well as health care professionals. 12 hours of Continuing Education credit will be available for those who complete the entire course. No partial or per class credit will be offered. To qualify for the 12 hours of credit, you must attend at least 7 of the 8 classes. Participants will be required to sign in and out of every class.

This class is designed to help health care professionals:

1. Describe what compassion is and how it differs from pity.
2. Summarize current research on the effects of compassion practice.
3. Utilize cognitive re-framing with oneself and others from a compassionate stance of "common humanity".
4. Utilize compassion practice with oneself and others for emotional regulation in the face of distress.
5. Recognize judgmental patterns of the mind with oneself and others.
6. Recognize empathetic distress, compassion fatigue, and burnout in oneself and others.
7. Utilize mindfulness meditation in order to cultivate compassion.
8. Utilize self-compassion meditation with oneself and others.

A limited number of partial work exchange positions are available for this class. Scholarships are not available.

Please Carpool! Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.

Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon on the Friday before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 12 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses from SRMC-SCRC for $90. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.



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