the power of applied compassion
“While we all have ideas about how we want to change the world, it's through ACT’s principles and practices of Applied Compassion, the unique journey of personal development, access to evidence-based resources, community, and personal mentoring that ACT ambassadors turn their dreams and aspirations into reality.
At Stanford University's Applied Compassion Training, you'll find the tools, guidance, and global network you need to take bold action to apply compassion, make a meaningful impact in the world, and become the compassionate leader and ambassador you are destined to be!”
Dr. James Doty
founder & director of the center for
compassion and altruism research
and education (CCARE) stanford university
Applied Compassion Training | 11-month Certificate Program
The Applied Compassion Training (ACT) at CCARE Stanford goes beyond theory, offering tangible, life-altering results. ACT equips participants with the tools, knowledge, skills, and experience to ignite transformative shifts in personal and professional spheres.
Drawing from Stanford’s design thinking model, ACT prioritizes experiential learning: learning by doing. This unique learning approach prepares people to be agents of change and compassion within their workplaces, organizations, communities, and personal lives.
Participants in ACT are supported through a highly-curated process of personal transformation and professional development, while they design and deliver an
Applied Compassion Capstone Project in a setting of their choice.
Becoming certified by CCARE at Stanford University as a Compassion Leader and Ambassador
is an unparalleled opportunity to gain the credibility, influence, evidence-based resources, skills, global network, and confidence you need to make a meaningful difference in the world!
ACT graduates share their passion for the program
Applied Compassion Training | CCARE Stanford University
11-month Live Online Certificate Program
ACT Program Components
An 11-month high-touch, experiential training in Applied Compassion
A foundation of the ACT training are the experiential processes and practices of compassion that participants apply to themselves, others, and to the environments in which they work and live.
A Global Network of Compassion
ACT is a highly-engaged community of inspiring professionals from around the world with a shared commitment of compassionate action. The ACT community comes together regularly in-person online during the course of the 11-month program, and continue as members in the global ACT community of Alumni afterwards.
Three 3-Day Virtual Immersive Retreats
Retreat #1 | January 26-28, 2024 | Becoming an Ambassador of Applied Compassion
Retreat #2 | July 19-21, 2024 | Compassionate Coaching, Communication & Facilitation
Retreat #3 | November 1-3, 2024 | Applied Compassion in Action, Capstone Presentations & Certification Ceremony
ACT Mentoring Program
Each participant in ACT is part of a smaller mentoring group that meets monthly with an ACT Director
Each participant is part of a Capstone Team that contributes to the design and development of the individual's Capstone Project
Each participant has a personal 1:1 ACT mentor to guide them through their ACT journey and support them as they design, develop, and deliver their Capstone Project in the world.
Monthly Teaching Modules
February 8 : Mindfulness in the Service of Compassion © with Robert Cusick, ACT Founder
March 7 : Triggers: A Skillful Recognition and Response © with Neelama Eyres, ACT Founder
April 4: Resiliency and Compassion © with Monica Hanson, ACT Founder
May 2: Designing Systems that are Compassionate © with Dr. Monica Worline, CCARE
June 6: The Neuroscience of Compassion
August 1: Compassionate Forgiveness © with Neelama Eyres, ACT Founder
September 5: Compassionate Action in the World © with Robert Cusick, ACT Founder
October 3: Harvesting the Gems © with Monica Hanson, ACT Founder
Monthly Practice Modules
February 16 : Mindfulness Practice Module © with Robert Cusick, ACT Founder
March 15 : Triggers Practice Module © with Neelama Eyres, ACT Founder
April 12: Resiliency Practice Module © with Monica Hanson, ACT Founder
May 10: Designing Systems Practice Module © with ACT Founders
June 14: The Neuroscience of Compassion Practice Module
August 9: Forgiveness Practice Module © with Neelama Eyres, ACT Founder
September 13: Compassionate Action Practice Module © with Robert Cusick, ACT Founder
October 11: Harvesting the Gems Practice Module © with Monica Hanson, ACT Founder
An Applied Compassion Capstone Project | Making a Difference in the World
A defining component of the ACT program is the compassionate incubator that is created. During the program, each participant is guided through a process that supports the design and delivery of an Applied Compassion Capstone Project in a real-world setting of their choice. This could be a classroom, an office, a system, or a community or volunteer setting. Capstone Projects come in all different shapes and sizes across a wide-range of industries. In ACT, every Capstone Project is valued, celebrated, and recognized as making an important contribution in the world!