Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion and is offered in a secular presentation.
The training includes:
• Mindfulness: Daily meditation, visualization and breathing practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy and compassion.
• Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups.
• Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action.
In this course, individuals will learn how to:
• Increase kindness and compassion for themselves and others
• Develop deeper levels of serenity, resilience and creativity
• Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
• Sharpen their ability to focus and pay attention
• Access a variety of self-care skills and techniques
Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Each of us can nurture and grow our compassionate instinct, like a plant carefully cultivated from a seed. This process requires patience, steady care, proper tools and a supportive environment.
8-week course on Thursday evenings for 2 hours
May 11 – June 29, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00pm
$300.00: Regular registration
$305.00: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$225.00 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number
Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Instructor
Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives.
She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle area. More at: http://www.dianehetrick.com/