Frequently Asked Questions

The ultimate aim of the Applied Compassion Training is to prepare people who feel an urgency to bring compassionate action into their occupations, professions, communities, institutions, and personal development. 


What is the Applied Compassion Training?

ACT is an 11-month training and certificate program offered in collaboration with ACA (The Applied Compassion Academy) and CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education), at Stanford University.


Is this training offered as an online program?

Not at this time.  This training will be a combination of 3 in-person retreats to be held at the Stanford campus, as well as twice monthly sessions online via Zoom. Attendance at the three live retreats is a requirement for completion.

What is the schedule for the Training? 

ACT is comprised of three in-person non-residential retreats at Stanford Univeristy, an ongoing Capstone Project, a small mentoring group, and two online Zoom sessions/monthly, in the intervening months between the onsite retreats.  The two online sessions will be a teaching/didactic session and a small group mentoring session.


What are the dates and hours for the three in-person non-residential retreats? 


The dates for the ACT 2021 live training sessions at Stanford are:

January 8-10

July 9-11

November 5-7

The hours for the three live training sessions are: 

Friday: 6:00pm-9:00pm; 

Saturday: 9:30am-6:30pm (with a break for lunch);

Sunday: 9:30am-5pm (with a break for lunch).

What is the location for the three non-residential retreats? 

The three on-site non-residential retreats will be held on the Stanford University Campus.


These are non-residential retreats and participants will be responsible for arranging their own food and accommodations. If attending from out of town, please arrange lodging close to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

What are the dates and hours for the monthly Zoom teaching modules?

Teaching calls will take place on Thursdays via Zoom from 5-7:30PST 

Dates for our 2021 cohort will be announced soon.

February: Mindfulness in the Service of Applied Compassion © 

March: Triggers: A Skillful Recognition and Response © 

April: Resiliency: Compassion/Empathy © 

May: Diversity and Unconscious Bias © 

June: Compassionate Leadership © 

August: Designing Systems that are Compassionate © 

September: Compassionate Forgiveness and Reconciliation © 

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

What is the tuition?

$6995 (does not include food and lodging)

Are there scholarships available?

At this time, we've been inundated with applications and our limited scholarship funds have already been allocated. We hope to have scholarship funds available for future ACT programs. If you are in a position to donate funds towards a scholarship, please contact us HERE. Your generosity is most appreciated and will go towards helping someone who doesn't have the financial resources available to attend.

Am I required to attend the three in-person retreats at Stanford?


What if I cannot be on the monthly Zoom teaching sessions, will they be recorded?

Yes, the two monthly Zoom sessions will be recorded for people to access later.


Who is eligible? 

ACT is designed for people are interested in applying compassion in a real-world public facing setting.  This could be anyone who wants to integrate experiential access to compassion into their professional and personal lives and to develop compassion-based solutions, classes, programs, offerings, and workshops, etc.


What is the minimum age requirement to participate?

This training is open to anyone 18 years or older.

What can I do with a Certificate in Applied Compassion? 

Upon successful completion of the Applied Compassion Training, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Applied Compassion Academy, in collaboration with CCARE at Stanford University. As a graduate, you may use any or all of the following titles: Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, and Ambassador of Applied Compassion.

With the ACT certificate of completion, you will be equipped with the credibility, resources and skillset to:


  • Integrate applied compassion into your occupation, profession, community and  professional or personal life. 


  • Facilitate meetings and team discussions, teach classes and workshops and create experiences that advance the development of applied compassion for groups of people with whom you interface, as appropriate to your interests and background. 


  • Offer educational and awareness-raising programs and give talks about applied compassion for the general public in your area of interest, expertise or advocacy.


  • Consult with organizations on how to better facilitate applied compassion and evidence-based practices to create structures that support compassion within an organization’s culture and leadership development models. 


  • Promote applied compassion within your own organization, helping key leaders to recognize the benefits of evidence-based compassion practices within the workplace. 


  • Design your own applied compassion-based applications for individuals, groups, communities or institutions.


How is the Applied Compassion Training unique? 

Many excellent professional training programs necessarily concentrate on the content and protocol that the student is learning to teach.


In the ACT program, the focus broadens beyond content. We devote significant attention to each participant’s emotional intelligence and experiential access to applied compassion. Becoming an Ambassador of Applied Compassion means ‘walking your talk.’ A core aim of ACT is a focus on how participants cultivate, embody and sustain inner attitudes of compassion and self-awareness.  We believe that in order to truly be an ambassador who can model applied compassion in challenging settings and circumstances, each participant’s own inner development is of the utmost importance.


The Applied Compassion Training is a broad-based approach versus training in a specific protocol. It is designed to equip participants with skills and principles that foster a compassionate response to the endless triggers and challenges we all have to contend with in our day-to-day lives.


A primary aim of the ACT program is to foster a dynamic experiential learning environment characterized by creativity and collaboration; an environment in which participants can mature into the role of Ambassadors of Applied Compassion — change agents bringing compassion into the world at large. 


Throughout the course of the training, participants will receive support and mentoring as they create a Capstone Project based on the targeted environment they want to offer, facilitate, or teach compassion-based practices and approaches. In some cases, the environment may be a workplace or professional setting or it may be a community setting in which the participant volunteers. It might be a project that focuses on social or cultural issues (e.g., inclusivity or climate change). It may even be familial.


ACT participants will be trained as facilitators, educators, consultants, and - most importantly - as ambassadors who can bring a unique offering tailored specifically to their particular workplace, community, volunteer association, and/or to the social and cultural environments in which they live and work.  

What type of people participate in the Applied Compassion Training? 

The Applied Compassion Training is suitable for people from all walks of life and is open to participants from  government, medicine, therapy, academia, students, business, technology, non profit organizations, NGOs, end of life/hospice, caretakers, school teachers, lawyers, coaches, consultants, law enforcement and first responders, the criminal justice system, religious institutions, entertainment, film makers, music and art to name a few. ACT participants are people who live and work in environments like these and who want to model and intentionally bring compassion into the multiplicity of worlds in which they find themselves. 

I am not working or retired.  Can I still participate?

Yes! You'll probably want to give some extra thought as to how you can apply this training in a real-world setting.  People that are not working could bring this into a community of which they are a part, a volunteer cause,  a board of directors that they serve on, a church or community center,  or could initiate a project within their own neighborhood.

What is the ACT Capstone project

An essential part of this training is an Applied Capstone Project that each participant will create, deliver, and report back on during the course of the Applied Compassion Training. 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. 

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. The Capstone Project will involve a step-by-step process and be supported with ongoing mentoring.


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.

Is the ACT Capstone project a requirement for completion? 


Does the Applied Compassion Training train you to teach CCT, MBSR, MSC, CBT, MBCT, etc? 

No. The Applied Compassion Training (ACT) is not a program to train or certify participants to teach one specific protocol. This certificate program is intended for people who will create and deliver a variety of unique projects which feature and integrate applied compassionate approaches to general and specific issues associated with their occupations, professions, and/or personal development. The ACT program will equip the individual trainees with the  principles, attitudes, skills and resources necessary to design their own compassion-based offerings, talks, and programs based on best principles and practices. Certified graduates will function in the role of an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, and Ambassador of Applied Compassion.


What is the average time commitment for a student undertaking this training?

Participant attendance is required at all three (2.5 day) on-site, non residential retreats at Stanford University scheduled in January, July and November of 2021. In the intervening months, there will be two online Zoom sessions (approximately 4 hours per month). Participants should also expect to spend an additional 8-12 hours each month working on their individual Capstone Project, as well as in discussions with their Ambassador team and ACT instructors and mentor.

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