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 2020 Featured Capstone Projects
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Practicing Mindfulness to Ease Difficult Conversations
Self Care for HealthCare
Cultivating resilience and resourcefulness
Reviving the culture of compassion in Islam
"I have found my people. I took this step with both external and internal support, fostered by compassion practice."
- Lakshmi Ganesan, MD MAS
"The capstone project helped me develop a compassion workshop specifically focused on self care for doctors who feel burned out, anxious or under pressure."
- Sharee Johnson, Psychologist Coach, Meditation Teacher, Author
"The fact that ACT empowers participants to design their own workshops on compassion has been the most amazing part for me."
- Atul Veer, MD, Founder, Universal Open Wellbeing Foundation
"Being a student of ACT gave me a natural driving force to cherish the presence of all things that I met, reminding me of interconnectedness and inspiring me to act in humility with every creature." - Elif Aldemir, Meditation and Compassion Teacher
Independent to Interdependent
Compassion As A Spiritual Care Practice
Compassion Cultivation for People with Hypospadias & Epispadias
mindfulness and Compassion Fun
Customizable Learning Program on Compassion for Different Audiences
"What a gift to be on a path of compassionate action and connect with such a diverse and energized group of people doing the same."
- Whitney G. Wilkerson, NBC-HWC, Leadership Coach & Spiritual Care Provider
"My ACT Capstone Project allowed me to tap deeply into my own history and heart to understand the ways I’m uniquely situated to benefit my community. It required me to move beyond ideas about compassion to embodied, relational practice."
- David Hlebain, MSW
"My Capstone Project enabled me to serve those in need by incorporating all the skills, knowledge, and wisdom gained through the valuable lessons of ACT." - Michelle Ting jui Huang, MA, Mindfulness Instructor, Certified Hypnotherapist
"From creating a leadership program for C-suite executives to facilitating webinars for tax professionals, my Capstone let the work flow through me in such a touching way.”- Amaris Vicari, Esq., CEO, The Beneficial Element
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