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Compassion Cultivation Training©

CCT™ is an 8 week course designed at Stanford University and taught around the world by certified facilitators

A proven program with global reach

CCT™ is an 8-week program, developed at Stanford University, with insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice. The course integrates evidence-based meditation techniques, interactive discussions, and lectures as well as real-world exercises to put learning into practice.

Activate your own compassionate nature as a powerful force in your everyday life.

CCT™ is taught worldwide and offers practical skills, tools, and knowledge. As a graduate, you establish the habit of relating to yourself, others, and the world around you from a place of greater understanding, joy, and purpose.

The circle of compassion begins with ourselves


Throughout the course, we help you lean into challenges, build the courage to take compassionate action, manage your emotions, and develop your resilience to prevent empathy fatigue.

  • Improve your personal relationships
  • Support health, happiness, and well-­­being
  • Reduce stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Make a positive difference in the world


Our course includes:

  • Weekly 2 hour class including lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Real-world assignments for practicing compassionate thoughts and actions


Steps in CCT™ :

Step 1:  Settling the mind
Step 2:  Compassion and kindness for a loved one
Step 3:  Self-directed compassion and kindness
Step 4:  Common humanity
Step 5:  Cultivating compassion for others
Step 6:  Active compassion


Who Participates in CCT™ ?


The CCT™ course is designed to support anyone who wants to engage compassion for themselves and improve their relationships with others.


Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.



Can I get Continuing Education credits?


Compassion Institute partners with AffinityCE to provide Continuing Education Credits (CMEs) for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, case managers, physical therapists, and social workers. CMEs are available for select CCT classes.


If you are interested in receiving CME credits, please reach out to your instructor before registering to ensure that CME credits will be available, or contact Compassion Institute at [email protected].


Participants must attend a minimum of 7 out of 8 sessions to qualify for CMEs and will receive 14 CMEs if they meet the requirements.


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