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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!


This new 11-month Applied Compassion Training 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., FACS, FICS 

is a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of CCARE (the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) at Stanford.

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 ACA (Applied Compassion Academy) and CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) at Stanford University. This 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 knows, as do you, 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



ACT Program Description

Due to current public health and travel guidelines, the ACT 2021 training will be offered as a virtual program. 


Over the course of this 11-month program, we will meet virtually for 3 immersion retreats online. Due to the experiential nature of these retreats, live participation is required online. These virtual immersion retreats are highly interactive. The retreats are scheduled at the beginning of the program, mid-way through, and at the end of the training, in the Pacific Time zone.


If public health and travel guidelines permit, we will also offer an in-person retreat option, onsite at Stanford University on the same dates, in addition to the virtual retreats. We anticipate being able to notify participants of this additional option 12 weeks prior to each immersive retreat date. 

In between the virtual immersion retreats, we will have Zoom sessions twice a month (both in person and on-demand).  The first session will be a didactic/practice session which combines teaching and experiential processes.  The second session will be an opportunity to bring questions, challenges, and real-world issues into a smaller group and receive direct coaching from ACA founders. Additional sessions will be offered to give participants a chance to engage in processes and

practices that promote personal growth and transformation.  There will also be optional group sessions for participants to ask questions and receive mentoring from ACA founders in regards to designing their Applied Compassion Capstone Projects.

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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.’  This program will include a deeply reflective inward journey, and experiential processes and practices designed to support your personal development.


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.


II. Curated Content: Essential 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 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. 


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 2021, reporting back to the faculty by October 2021. 

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). 

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.

IV. A Community of Applied Compassion 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 2020 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.

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