Compassion Cultivation Training™ 8-week Course

A 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. CEs may be available (see Frequently Asked Questions below for more info). You can read about current research on this protocol.

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 and a senior Compassion Institute 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

The next CCT course in Modesto will be offered in the spring of 2019.

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?

CEs may be available for some courses. There is an administrative fee of $50 per person for CEs. Please inquire, courses are subject to CE approval.

    • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs 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.
    • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
    • For questions about these CE accreditations, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at
  • 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.