Compassion Cultivation Training™ 8-week Course

CCARE LogoA compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and can become a profound personal resource in times of stress.


Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) is an 8-week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. This course is designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others by integrating traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.

The 8-week protocol was developed by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), School of Medicine at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. CE credits may be available (see Frequently Asked Questions below for more info).

Compassion Cultivation Training is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others.

This includes:
– Parents and caregivers
– Educators
– Healthcare professionals and therapists
– Executives and managers
– Public service leaders and employees
– Individuals seeking to increase awareness and mindfulness

Compassion training extends beyond helping one feel more empathy and concern for others.

It includes the development of:
– The strength to be present with suffering
– The courage to take compassionate action
– The resilience to prevent burnout or empathic fatigue

These qualities support a wide range of goals – from improving personal and work relationships to making a positive difference in the world.

The course training includes:

  • Daily meditation practices to develop lovingkindness, empathy, and compassion
  • A two-hour weekly class that includes lecture, discussion, and in-class partner and small-group listening and communication exercises
  • Real-world “homework” assignments to practice compassionate thoughts and actions

A commitment to attend each session is requested. While no previous meditation experience is required, we ask that participants practice a guided daily meditation as a key component of the training.

Lori Wong is a Stanford-certified Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) teacher and offers CCT courses in the Modesto, California area.  If you wish to find a teacher near you, you can also check the Global Directory of Certified CCT Teachers.

The next CCT course will be offered beginning Sept. 18, 2017. Registration is now open.

If you have a workplace or other group that would like to receive this training, please contact Lori to inquire about group courses and rates.

Frequently  Asked Questions

  • I want to register for a class but will need to miss a class or two. Is that Ok?

It is strongly recommended that students attend all classes. If you plan on missing more than one class, it is advised to wait and register for a course at a time when you’ll likely be able to attend all sessions. If you’ve already registered and know you will miss a class in advance, please contact the instructor. Each class builds on the previous one, so missing a class can impact your ability to engage in exercises and activities and get the full benefit of the course.

  • How much meditation experience is required?

No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.

  • Are CEs available for these courses?

Please inquire. CE credits for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, and nurses may be available for some courses.

    • 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.
    • California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
    • California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
  • Stanford CCT FAQ – Please note that contact information in the Stanford FAQ is only relevant for Stanford CCT courses – where indicated that you should contact the instructor, you should contact Lori directly, not the Stanford staff.

PARTICIPATION in the course requires regular attendance and adhering to basic classroom policies. A commitment to attend each session and engage in the daily meditation (15-30 min. daily) is encouraged and essential to gain the greatest benefit from this course. Participants who miss more than two classes or otherwise disrupt the learning environment may be asked to withdraw from the course without a refund. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions above regarding missing classes.

DISCLAIMER Compassion training courses are educational and are not meant to treat psychological disorders.