Compassion Cultivation Training©

CCT™ is a six-step program designed at Stanford University to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. It is taught around the world by certified teachers.

I currently offer the program online, taught over eight weeks. I am also available to facilitate 60 or 90-minute sessions on Compassion Cultivation Training.

Compassion Cultivation Training © - BeCompassionateNL

Eight-week course

  • Weekly, two-hour sessions.

  • There are four-courses available, please select the day that works for you. 

    • Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 2:00 – 4:00 PM NST.
    • Thursday, January 12th, 2023 at 7:00 – 9:00 PM NST.
    • Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at 9:30 – 11:30 AM NST.
    • Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at 2:00 – 4:00 PM NST.

For fees see below:

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Compassion Cultivation Workshop

  • A 60-90 minute facilitated workshop.

  • Please contact Dr. Scully for more information.

 Discounts, payment, and scholarships information:

  • The price for this course is appropriately set at v$390 US dollars.
  • Stripe charges per transaction. 
  • The full fee is $ 402 US dollars.
  • The full fee in Euros is 398 Euros 
  • For  Canadians using the CDN discount, the fee is  $301 US dollars.
  • The fee using the Scholar Discount is $210 US Dollars.
  • The fee using the Compassion Discount is 55 US dollars.
  • In the future, I will add in the fee for the Harmonized Sales Tax and for Value Added Tax 
  • Note: Coupons are only available for one-time payment options. 

Click on this video to watch how to register and use coupons for my CCT courses. Note: The steps to register for a course will be the same, even when the course dates will change.  

What is Compassion Cultivation Training©?

The Compassion Cultivation Training program (CCT™) is a six-step program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others.

The training integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.

The program was developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford medical school.

CCT involves training our minds, developing specific skills relating to ourselves and others, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions.

Please note that it is very important that people suffering from unprocessed trauma, also seek professional help to process their trauma. I highly recommend reading or listening to The Myth of Normal, written by Dr. Gabor Maté with his son Daniel Maté for a magnificent in-depth review of how cultural flaws have led humanity and our living planet on a suicidal course of planetary destruction and how collectively we can transform to save ourselves and our world. David Treleaven’s excellent work is very helpful in understanding how to heal from trauma while beginning a mindfulness practice safely. 

What are the reported effects of CCT™?

Students will have their own unique experiences. However, research demonstrates CCT™ may lead to the following:

  • Feelings of joy, happiness, and calm
  • A capacity to be present
  • Acceptance of emotions as they arise
  • Improved work and life  satisfaction
  • Increase in feelings of compassion and care for self and others 
  • Improved sleep
  • Openness to receiving compassion from others

How is the program delivered?

CCT™ is offered on Zoom and includes:

  • Classes of two hours with didactic talks/lectures, discussions, interactive listening, and communication exercises to strengthen compassion.
  • Daily meditation practices to improve awareness.
  • At-home practices to shift learning into long-term habits.

 

A certificate will be provided to everyone who completes the course.

These courses are appropriate for continuous education credits.

Your Instructor, Dr. Frances Scully

Certified CCT Instructor

Getting Started

Click the button below to complete registration.

Check your inbox for a welcome email with details about joining the course.

Download the student workbook and say hello in our private Mighty Network group.

Get ready for your first session!

Curriculum

Week 1: Settling the Mind

Week 2: Loving-Kindness and Compassion for a Loved One

Week 3: Self-Compassion

Week 4: Loving-Kindness for Oneself

Week 5: Embracing Shared Common Humanity and Developing Appreciation of Others

Week 6: Cultivating Compassion for Others

Week 7: Active Compassion Practice

Week 8: Integrated Compassion Cultivation Practice

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What is Compassion?

Compassion is a core human attitude, capacity, and skill. Compassion requires us to cultivate our ability to recognize and be with suffering, coupled with a desire to relieve this suffering. An equivalent capacity is found in some non-human beings.

Compassion and kindness are complementary but different. Both include a set of attitudes, qualities, and skills. Some neuroscientists report that humans are born with a potentially infinite capacity to cultivate compassion. As with every skill, our abilities grow with regular practice and support. Suffering is a universal human experience. At some time in our lives, we will all experience suffering.

Neuroplasticity demonstrates that although this can take time and effort, it is possible to change our attitudes, behaviors consciously, and thought processes. Academics and scientists also share that when individuals and communities focus on creating healthy prosocial attitudes, behaviors, and relationships, we create societies where individuals, families, groups, and entire communities flourish.

Sadly, many of us were taught to disconnect from our hearts and bodies, despite the reality that this is physiologically impossible. Over time, disconnecting our brains, seats, and bodies damages our health and well-being, communities, nations, and interconnected planetary systems. 

What is Compassionate Empathy?

Compassion is a core human ability that can be learned and taught. Compassionate empathy allows us to recognize, choose to respond to, and relieve our suffering and that of others. We are members of a 7.8 billion, unimaginably immense, extended human family. Hence there are more than 7.8 billion ways to cultivate and practice compassion.

Compassion is embodied. A compassionate response requires activation and signaling between our hearts, minds, and bodies.

Cultivating a Fearless Heart

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the Compassion Cultivation Training© Meditation Course

In the 21st century, some major institutions recognize our cultural need to study the science, philosophy, and wisdom traditions that promote Compassion. One such Academic Centre is the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, founded and Directed by Dr. Jim Doty at Stanford Medical School. Dr. Doty is a gifted neurosurgeon who has been inspired to study the neuroscience of Compassion. Inspired by HH, the Dalai Lama, Dr. Doty invited Dr. Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., who came to Stanford to develop an eight-week, six-step compassion-focused meditation course. Dr. Thupten Jinpa achieved the very difficult to obtain Tibetan Buddhist certification as a Geshe as a very young monk. Later he chose to study and receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University in Great Britain. Jinpa also chose to experience the joy of family. He is married and lives with his beautiful family in Montréal. He is also the main English translator for H. H., the Dalai Lama. This richly layered course has been further developed, extensively researched, and studied by dedicated and experienced faculty at the Center for Compassion and Altruism and partners around the globe. Its sister organization, the Compassion Institute, founded by Jinpa, is working to bring the gift of this life-altering course to all who seek such a practice. Faculty have also developed a new 8-hour intensive version of this course, and the talented staff at Compassion IT is developing techniques for busy people.

Founders Autobiographies

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