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"On behalf of CCARE at Stanford University, I am thrilled to announce a much needed offering in the world of compassion!


Our 11-month Applied Compassion Training (ACT) will equip you with the skill-set you need to become an exemplar of compassion in real-world settings. This is a must-take training that addresses our need for an applied compassionate response to a broad spectrum of issues that we face as a global family.


Graduates of this program are changing the world!"


James R. Doty, M.D.
is the Founder and Director of CCARE (the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) at Stanford University.

ACT Program Objective

This Applied Compassion Training will prepare you to become a motivating force for Applied Compassion in the world. ACT graduates embody 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 CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) at Stanford University. This online 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 recognizes 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.

If you're interested in ACT and would like to speak to  a faculty member, click HERE

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The ACT Difference: Integrating Four Dimensions of Learning 

I. Personal Transformation: Transform the World ~ Transform Yourself

During the course of the 11-month training, 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.  The ACT program includes a deeply reflective inward journey, and experiential processes and practices designed to support your personal development.

A core aim of ACT is the 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.


II. Curated Content & Experiential Learning: Principles of Applied Compassion

The Applied Compassion Training is a broad-based approach, rather than teaching a specific technique or protocol. It's designed to train participants experientially in the principles, skills, tools and practices that foster a compassionate response to the endless triggers and challenges we all have to contend with in our day-to-day lives. 

The ACT program will equip the individual trainees with the attitudes and resources necessary to design their own compassion-based offerings, talks, and programs founded on best principles and practices. Certified graduates will function in the role of an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, Architect and Ambassador of Applied Compassion.

III. Compassion in Action : Applied Compassion Capstone Projects

An essential part of becoming an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, Architect and Ambassador of Applied Compassion is to be a representative of compassion, bringing it into your workplaces and professional lives and into your daily life. Capstone Projects are public-facing projects that address a need based on the targeted environment that participants want to affect change or offer, facilitate or demonstrate compassion-based approaches. In some cases, the environment might 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 bringing a compassionate response to a social or cultural issue (e.g., inclusivity or climate change). 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.

A requirement for completion, the Applied Compassion 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 2023, reporting back to the faculty by October 2023. 

Throughout the course of the training, participants will receive support and mentoring as they design and deliver their Capstone Project based on the targeted environment they want to offer, facilitate, or teach compassion-based practices and approaches.

IV. A Community of Practice


Throughout the ACT program, participants come together in multiple ways as a community focused on support and practice, small mentoring groups and ambassador teams, as well as continued engagement within a robust network of fellow ambassadors of applied compassion as alumni. Participants have shared that the support and empowerment they've received from this community was pivotal to their personal and professional growth and success, as well as crucial to the development of their Applied Compassion Capstone Project. 

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What ACT Graduate Ambassadors are saying


"The ACT Training has brought together like-minded individuals focused on bringing compassion-based work into the world. The diverse professional backgrounds and areas of expertise offer participants a global perspective on how each of us are capable of changing the world one compassionate act at a time. I’m enriched both professionally and personally by the community at large and inspired by the commitment the trainers and mentors bring to this training."  


~Yvonne Tally - Author/Speaker/Consultant and Founder of Poised™, a fitness and lifestyle company.

She has been a health and wellness consultant and entrepreneur for over twenty years.


"The biggest impact of the ACT Training is how aware I am of the opportunities  to be compassionate- at home, at work, at the coffee shop, etc. I now start my day with a practice that includes setting my intentions around being an Ambassador of Compassion and actively choosing an action that reflects who I truly am: a loving, caring and compassionate person!" 

~Ratnesh Sharma: Director, VeloCloud Partner and Distribution GTM at VMWare,

a global software leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility.

Are you ready to become a certified Educator, Facilitator, Consultant,
Leader, Architect and Ambassador of Applied Compassion? 


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