On behalf of CCARE at Stanford I am pleased to announce our new 11-month Applied Compassion Training Program.

Dr. James Doty

founder & director of stanford university's center for compassion 

and altrusim research

and education (CCARE).

I’ve personally experienced  the power of compassion as a physician, philanthropist, educator and global leader. As such, I am pleased to announce the launch of a new

Applied Compassion Training (ACT)

being offered in collaboration with CCARE,

the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. 

Are you ready to bring applied compassion into the world in a tangible way?

Our training will equip you with the skills and tools you need to be an Ambassador of Applied Compassion in real-world settings. 

Applied Compassion promotes understanding, heightens resiliency, and increases collaboration among groups, teams, families, partners, and communities.

Overview of our certificate program 

Training Objective: 

This Applied Compassion Training will prepare you to become a motivating force for Applied Compassion: someone who embodies a high level of mastery and expertise in facilitating a compassionate response in real-world settings. You will leave this training fully equipped with the skill-set you need to effectively create and sustain transformative change.

Upon completion of this training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion through ACA (Applied Compassion Academy) and CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research & Education) at Stanford University. This training and the certificate provide you with the credibility, skills, resources, network and experience needed to become an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, and Ambassador of Applied Compassion. ACT knows, as do you, that one solution does not fit all situations. The ACT program will equip you with the toolkit necessary to apply compassionate responses and solutions within the organizations, communities, and institutions in which you live and work.


Training Description: 
Over the course of this 11 month program, we will meet for 3 in-person trainings. These on-site workshop retreats are designed to be highly immersive and experiential and are scheduled in the beginning of the program, mid-way through, and at the end of the training. 


In between the live trainings, we will have two online Zoom sessions per month.  The first session will be a didactic/practice session which will combine teaching and experiential processes associated with that month’s module.  The second session will be an opportunity to bring questions, challenges, and real-world issues into a smaller group and receive direct coaching from ACA faculty and other guest subject-matter experts.

Capstone Projects (CP):

An essential part of becoming an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, and Ambassador of Applied Compassion is to be a representative of compassion, bringing it into your workplaces and professional lives and into your personal and family daily life relationships . 


A requirement for completion, the  Applied Capstone Project is something that each participant will create, deliver, and report back on during the course of the ACT program. Participants will begin designing these projects right from the start of the training and will be required to deliver them by Summer 2021, reporting back to the faculty by October 2021. 

The Capstone Project will involve a step-by-step process and be supported with ongoing mentoring. Each trainee will design and implement their ACT Capstone project with the goal of bringing compassionate action into the world within the context of their occupations, professions, and/or personal lives.


An example of an ACT Capstone project might be to develop a workshop or other offering that integrates compassionate principles and practices to address specific and unique issues around burnout, in the environments in which the individual participant lives and works.

Ambassador Teams:

As you move through the journey of creating and developing your Applied Capstone Project,  you’ll be assigned to a mentoring group as well as an Ambassador Team where you can give and receive support to other trainees as they work to develop their individual Capstone Project.   Your Ambassador Team will be a community to which you can bring your ideas, discuss design concepts, ask questions, and give and receive support and feedback as you refine and deliver your individual projects out in the world.

2020 Training Outline: 

For 2021 program information visit us here

I. Live Onsite Training Session #1: (SF Bay Area)

January 10-12, 2020:  Becoming an Ambassador of Applied Compassion© 

II. Monthly Modules: 5:00-7:00pm PST via Zoom

February 6th: Mindfulness in the Service of Applied Compassion © 

March 5th: Triggers: A Skillful Recognition and Response © 

April 2nd: Resiliency: Empathy/Compassion © 

May 14th: Diversity & Unconscious Bias © 

III. Live Onsite Training Session #2: (SF Bay Area)

June 5-7, 2020: Compassionate Coaching, Communication and Facilitation © 

IV. Monthly Modules Continued:

July 9th: Compassionate Leadership © 

August 6th: Designing Systems that are Compassionate © 

September 10th: Compassionate Forgiveness and Reconciliation © 

October 1st: Applied Compassion: Bringing it into the World! © 

V. Live Onsite Training Session #3: (SF Bay Area)

November 13-15, 2020: Capstone Presentations and Certificate Ceremony

Are you ready to become a certified Educator, Facilitator,

Consultant, and Ambassador of Applied Compassion? 


Discover ways to bring compassion into the workplace.

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