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CCARE at Stanford University Presents
The Applied Compassion Training™
Become certified as an:
Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, Leader,
Architect and Ambassador of Applied Compassion
Applied Compassion Capstone Projects
A defining component of the ACT program is the creation and delivery of an Applied Compassion Capstone Project. Each participant is supported, using the principles and practices of the training, to design and deliver a project that brings compassion into their unique real-world setting. This could be a classroom, an office, a health care system, or a community of which they are a part. Here are some of the inspiring Capstone Projects from this year's ACT participants who are bringing compassion into the world in powerful ways.
ACT 2021 Capstone Projects – Cohort 1
Circles of Care
The Act of Listening
Compassion Conversation Cafe
A Power of Facing
Compassion and Courage in the Face of Global Suffering
"Being a part of ACT has been a life-changing experience for me, and the best part has been meeting people from all over the world with the same intention to be ambassadors of compassion in so many different spheres."
- Dr. Pitsi Kewana, Clinician Engagement Manager
"The Capstone Project empowered me to facilitate others in noticing the impact of their compassion and this motivated them into action. The entire process deepened my own understanding and has also motivated me stay in action."
- Pat Obuchowski, Executive, Leadership and Team Coach
"The process of developing my Capstone led me on a deep personal journey into the true sources of my motivation and reminded me of the skills and gifts I already have to share."
- Alex Nunn, Head of Movement Building, Action for Happiness
"My Capstone project has given me greater awareness of the interconnectedness of compassion practices and indigenous thinking. I've been able to see and share the wisdom teachings embedded within old, traditional, storytelling." - Renda Dionne Madrigal, Psychologist and Author
Sound for the People
Heart of Rest Immersion
Compassion Changes Everything
Open Hearts, Training and Community
Embedding Compassion, Habits & Culture in Philanthropy
"My Capstone Project first and foremost changed ME for the better — it changed the way I think, believe in myself, and conduct myself. ACT gave me the support and validation to make my dream of serving others in this way a reality."
- Coleman Coleman, Transformative Space Creator & Wellness Researcher
"My Capstone created a CCARE satellite unit in Brazil, and this allowed me not only to be an ambassador of compassion, but to potentially offer millions of people the opportunity to take a big step towards happiness, health, and harmony. Learning by doing is key."
- Ivo Machado, Entrepreneur, Neuroscience Researcher, Medicine Student
"ACT provided a safe space to dive deep into who I really am and what I wanted to bring to the world. It is learning by example in a beautiful shared way." - Henriette Ankone, Futurist, Writer and Life Coach
"My Capstone project resulted in new day-to-day operations, a skill-building retreat and a set of behaviors at our organization that illustrate the culture our philanthropy needs to achieve its mission.”- Todd Vogel, Ph.D., Managing Director, Loom Foundation
The Overlooked Participant:
Specialized Bereavement Assisted Suicide
A Compassionate Approach
to work life balance
"The ACT program and being an Ambassador
required me to actively seek out opportunities and take an active role in being a facilitator and leader." - Ratnesh Sharma, IT Leader
"ACT gave me hope for a better world. Our cohort is a diverse global village with a common desire to elevate humanity through
caring, compassion, and presence."
- Dr. Leslie Jane Aspis
A Bilingual Podcast
The Center for Compassion and Altruism
at the texas medical ctr.
"ACT challenged me to think differently and my creative river has found a bed." - Lina Cuartas, Author, Artist, Colombia, Brasil, Peru, Amazon Rainforest
"I'm now able to show that compassion creates a better work environment and proven significant health benefits."
- Gaylynn Thomas, RN, BSN, Entrepreneur, Director of Business Development, TMCx
ACT 2020 Celebrated Alumni
and Capstone Projects
in Response to Current Events
"I feel prepared, comfortable, qualified and energized to step forward as a leader of compassion. I'm incredibly grateful for this!"
- Masen Ewald
With individual Clients
"In helping my clients move forward, my own life was changed for the better."
-Adrienne Kernan, RN
"The capstone project pushed me to put my experience and knowledge out there and share it with others." - Amy Jue Wang
"This training deepened my understanding of what compassion is and opened a new perspective into what I'm capable of."
- Chantal Paulson, CEO
workshops with Seniors
Mindfulness & Food
for people with diabetes
Leading with Compassion
Creating an innovative
and thriving workplace
"I am forever changed by ACT! The trainings, the resources and the guest speakers have been invaluable. What a wealth of knowledge and expertise!"
- Barbara King, Yoga and Meditation Teacher
"I have the choice and voice to share compassion with the world!"
- Bryan Lian MS RD CEDRD-S
"My Capstone Project gave me a profound opportunity to deepen my own compassion practices and embody them
in the world."
- Brooke Cassoff
"Discovering how to embody the principles of compassion
helped me to model and encourage compassionate behavior in the workplace."
"I am finally doing exactly what I’ve been searching and training for most of my life. I am most excited and grateful that I was able to participate in ACT!"
-Vivienne Gabrielle Antal
"Applying Compassion in the workplace, for loved ones, for strangers, for the sake of humanity is a heart-filled mission."
- LaShelle Natsuko Burch, LCSW
Compassion Practices for Emerging Leaders
"Being in this program has helped me to feel I'm a part of a community of like-minded people. In short, I feel less alone, which is life changing." - Daisy Swan
Applied Compassion Trainings 2020
"ACT allowed me to fortify
my compassion, deepen my knowledge and learn more tools and practices. I’ve become a more confident, loving and empowered Ambassador of Compassion"
Volunteers in Medicine bringing compassion into
a free healthcare clinic
Applying Compassion To Retrouvaille Couples
Love in the Time
"The ACA Capstone Project has helped me to appreciate the basic principles of compassion. Compassion is now a primary filter of my personal experience."
- Gard Jameson
"I learned how to be a compassionate leader."
- Adriana Medeiros,
Executive Director CafeKind
"By learning to love and heal ourselves first, we can love and heal our spouse. Through ACT I've made friendships that will last the rest of my life, priceless!" - Eliana Reeves
community support through listening
"I am now able to apply my training as an Ambassador of Compassion allowing me to view the world and others through a clearer more loving lens."
- Nina Y. Mesina
Us, Them and Me
increasing our circle of
"us" within healthcare
"My eyes have been opened to endless opportunities to impact, influence, and inspire others to embody compassion. There is no compassion without action!"
- Elena Jensen
The Connection Cure: Compassion through community
"I've experienced the power of opening our circles of belonging, creating brave space for vulnerable connection and reciprocity with and between others. "
- Lisa Daron Grossman
"I've become more open-hearted and full of gratitude for the opportunity to share compassion with my
- Karen A. Mott, BSN, RN, OCN
Developing Compassion-based Mindfulness
"Wow! This has been the most uplifting course of my life! It has helped me to challenge the way I live my life. I am finding my courage to be ready and willing to act."
- Dr. Maureen Wilks, Author, and Professor
Compassion with Colleagues
"This program has given me the framework to launch a consulting business. I’m truly inspired and grateful."
- Marisa Lascher
Compassionate Leadership in Action
"The ACA Capstone Project pushed me to learn more, experience more, and distill more to create a product that would help others in need."
- Danna Hoshino
Contemplating Peace and Social Justice
"Neelama, Monica, and Robert's way of guiding and facilitating has inspired me as a practitioner and as a teacher, but more than that, as a human being."
- Donna J. McInnis
Guiding High School Students in Mindfulness
"This project has helped me become an Ambassador of Compassion. It provided the opportunity to turn my dreams into action!"
- Liya Bromberg
The Serenity Lounge
"Participating in ACT has allowed me to see our shared humanity."
- Andrea Ayala Roche
"My capstone project allowed me to dive deeper and explore the concept of worthiness and unworthiness as the greatest stumbling block to compassion."
- Gabriele Hilberg,Ph.D., MFT
"My Capstone Project was a personal journey into the exploration of compassion. I grew as the blog grew and was able to fully grasp and embody the principles of compassion."
- Luan M. Wilfong
A Compassionate Response to COVID-19
"My intention with ACA was to embody compassion in all aspects of my life. Now I feel honored to spread the love."
-Lee Elizabeth Sowles
for Healthcare Providers
Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion in Design Higher Education
The Serenity Lounge
Are You A Considerate Supervisor?
"ACT has profoundly changed my life. I see my project and role as an Ambassador of Compassion as the pebble dropped in a pond, creating ripples of opportunity for self compassion principles to be shared." -Lynn Chiarello
"I found a little corner of the world that knows how essential, transformative and impactful compassion is. I felt the ease and creativity to put the practice back into the world without doubt or hesitation. This course was the perfect fit for where I am in my life."
"ACT is an enriching journey
of growth and transformation. The family-like affinity I feel towards my cohort members
is truly extraordinary."
"This training has transformed my approach to disruptive behavior in the workplace. To focus on applied compassion is to build a better culture at work. I designed a capstone aligned with my life’s intentions.”
- Michelle Carlstrom
Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living
"My capstone project moved me into action. The ACT training has shown me that compassion can happen everyday in small amounts, and that compassion IS unconditional!"
- Isabel Vega Montilla
"This program will introduce you to a welcoming community of likeminded professionals
that you can learn from, collaborate with, and grow alongside as you make your journey into the arena of becoming an Ambassador of Applied Compassion. "
- Yvonne Tally
Author, Inspirational Speaker
Are You Ready to Be an Ambassador
of Applied Compassion?
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